- This book produces results Review by Jeff
Very helpful and enjoyable to read. I've done some woodworking for over 30 years, but recently started to learn hand tools and finer work. With this book, I can now sharpen chisels and planes beyond what I used to think was possible (thanks especially for the advice to just stick with my system and not change -- it really was me causing the problems and not the stones). After what seemed like years of rubbing steel against sandpaper and Norton waterstones (it was probably 30 or 40 hours, though), I went from all dull planes to three that can take a 1 thou shaving, and another that will make a good general jack for rougher purposes (a 15" transitional). I used a chisel to tweak the fit on some quarter-round - shaved end grain with it and got a surprisingly well-closed miter. The guidance on basic planing turned out absolutely the smoothest wood surface I've ever felt, plus it's straight and square to the adjacent face. And it really is relaxing to just pick up a plane and make some shavings after a day at the office. Tomorrow is Saturday and I'm ready to get to my shop. Thanks, Christopher, and all who helped put this book together. You're a blessing indeed!
(Posted on 11/7/2014)
- Wow, what a great resource! Review by Paul
This is a collection of very well written and researched articles pertaining to all aspects of hand planes. I have to say that this would be a must-have book in your woodworking arsenal. It might as well be a tool it's so useful. Just received this a few days ago and I've learned a lot in just the first ten pages. Chris clears the air on the classifications of bench planes and clearly explains their particular uses and that bewildering number system. Love Chris's writing style and humor. His passion for this stuff comes out of the pages and you feel it. Inspirational...Thanks, Chris.
(Posted on 10/24/2014)