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Forum topic by ringore posted 920 days ago 1146 views 3 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ringore

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920 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: hand planes

Hello fellow LJ’s,

What are some resources (books, blogs,video…) to learn how to tune and use hand planes effectively. I have a couple of old beat up planes I would like to tune up and be able to use with some efficiency. I don’t do a lot of hand tool work but think getting a good grasp of hand planes will be very beneficial to my work. Thank you in advance for your suggestions.

-- "I'm a classic overachieving underachiever" - Phil Newcomb


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schuft

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#1 posted 920 days ago

For general information, I’d recommend searching for “hand plane tune up” in the search box at the top of the page. There are also LOTS of books available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble, you can search there. If you’re looking for something more hands on, you can try checking with your local woodworking store (Woodcraft, Rockler, etc.) to see if they have any upcoming hand plane classes.

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JSilverman

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#2 posted 920 days ago

I like Garrett Hack’s book from Taunton on hand planes… and anything written by Chris Gochner on them as well.

Jeff

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#3 posted 920 days ago

Hanplane essentials, by Christopher schwarz. Also, drop in on the Handplanes of Your Dreams thread and ask away. All kinds of help available there…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Manitario

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#4 posted 920 days ago

“The Hand Plane Book” by Garrett Hack. Very good resource on using handplanes. A lot of LJ’s have posted blogs about restoring planes; eg. check out Don W. Another great book on using handplanes, that goes into a bit more detail about use is “The Essential Woodworker” by Robert Wearing.

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ringore

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#5 posted 920 days ago

Once again the LJ’s have not failed to help out. I just downloaded “the Handplane Book” by Garrett Hack on my Kindle. I really appreciate the comments. I’ll be sure to check into these other resources as well. Thanks a lot.

-- "I'm a classic overachieving underachiever" - Phil Newcomb

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skeemer

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#6 posted 920 days ago

If you have a membership at fine woodworking, I found this very helpful for tuning up an old bailey that I recently bought:

http://www.finewoodworking.com/ToolGuide/ToolGuidePDF.aspx?id=33752

I’ll be posting pics soon!

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lysdexic

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#7 posted 920 days ago

Check out Bob at The Logan Cabinet Shoppe

His blog and podcasts are a great resource in addition to those mentioned above. Bob has probably forgotten more about hand tools than I will ever learn.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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philod

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#8 posted 915 days ago

Here’s a link to a great site on tool restoration, and a list of links specific to hand plane restoration. Be warned, though, you are about to incur an addiction worse than any other.

http://www.wkfinetools.com/tRestore/planes/planesRest-index.asp

Phil

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TroutStalker

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#9 posted 915 days ago

Lots of info in WayneC’s blog here on LJ:

http://lumberjocks.com/WayneC/blog/series/40

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BigYin

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#10 posted 915 days ago

Ive put this link on before

http://www.majorpanic.com/handplane_restor1.htm

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NateX

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#11 posted 912 days ago

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