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Handplane Essentials - Schwarz

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Handplane Essentials - Schwarz

By the author/editor and hand plane aficionado - Chris Schwarz:
Look around your neighborhood. The next time you see a truck belonging to a contractor or cabinetmaker, there ™s a good chance that the company uses a handplane in its logo.

Though the image of a plane is the mark of the craftsman, there are few craftsmen who really know how to use the tool. Has this knowledge been lost? Are the tools simply obsolete?

The truth is that neither statement is true. The handplane is the most advanced and cunning wood-cutting tool ever invented, and it has yet to be surpassed by anything with a power cord. After World War II, handplanes began to disappear from shops because we traded speed for skill and expediency for quality.

But now the pendulum is swinging the other way. Modern toolmakers have revived the planemaking industry and are turning out quality tools the like of which haven ™t been sold for 100 years. Woodworkers are discovering that these tools are fast, satisfying to use and produce remarkably crisp work.

"Handplane Essentials" aims to get you started. Inside these pages is the knowledge you need to choose the right handplanes for your shop, set them up correctly and put them to use building furniture for a lifetime. It contains everything you need to choose the right tool for your budget and project, take it out of the box, sharpen it and use it successfully. The chapters in this book have been compiled from more than 10 years of my writings on the subject of handplanes in magazines, trade journals and blogs.

    Here's what you'll find inside:
  • Basics
    Learn what the different handplanes are used for. Decode their crazy numbering system so you can focus instead on what each tool does. And figure out what specific planes you need in your shop.

  • Sharpening
    Learning to hone your cutters to a keen edge is the secret to getting your planes to work. śHandplane Essentials ť shows you how to get this done no matter what sort of sharpening system you use now.

  • Techniques
    Learn how to flatten individual boards, panels and even enormous tabletops with just a few bench planes. Learn to use specialty planes to cut grooves, rabbets and other joints.

  • History & Philosophy
    If you understand historical practice, you ™ll be a better handplane user “ even if you choose to reject the traditional methods. Learn to pick a well-made old tool based on how it is made.

  • Reviews
    Find out who makes the best high-quality tool, whether it ™s a $50 plane from India or a $5,000 plane custom-made by a machinist in Scotland. I've tried them all.
it's a sizable book - 312 pages - and printed on high-quality paper. The book is hardbound, covered in black cloth with a copper embossing and a heavy full-color dust jacket. Best of all, the book is produced and printed entirely in the United States.

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