best book to learn to build wooden hand planes

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04-26-2011 01:44 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question planes jointer plane planemaking book

i’m interested in building a large jointer plane 28-30 inches. I prefer the plane have a tote, don’t know if that’s possible with a krenov style. Any suggestions on a book???

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#1 posted 04-26-2011 03:48 PM

Lee Valley has a couple of books on making hand plans. Another possibility is to buy a Krenov style plane kit from Hock Tools. Make your first plane from a kit then use the skills and knowledge to make a big plane.

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#2 posted 04-26-2011 05:58 PM

You can make it with a tote if you like.

Krenov made them without totes and knobs because he liked to explore
gripping the plane in different ways as he worked and discovered new
things. He was too modest to say what anybody else should do
but for himself he thought totes could lock him into a fixed way
of working so he preferred his simple toteless planes.

Making planes is pretty easy if you have some power tools. I second
the idea of making a small one first so you get a grasp of how they
go together.

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#3 posted 04-26-2011 09:56 PM

I own this book and it is one of the best traditional wood plane making books I have seen. The 3rd plane the author describes in this book is almost exactly what you are describing.


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#4 posted 04-26-2011 10:26 PM

Take a look on

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#5 posted 04-28-2011 03:25 PM

Just on planes in general, the John Whelan books cover just about everything.

There is a lot of info online as well. has a step by step to a traditional jack plane. Just make it longer.

As far as the Krenov style with totes, Go for it. You can even put blinky lights and a laser sight on it. Nobody will get upset with you. The whole point of Krenov’s plane making was that it is simple and quick to make a plane to whatever specifications you want. It is just a fixture for holding a blade.

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