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Handplane Essentials By Christopher Schwarz (Paperback)

By Christopher Schwarz

Format: Paperback

SKU# U7285

Handplane Essentialsis Now Available in Paperback!

There is no woodworking tool that's more satisfying, quick and precise to use as a handplane. Planes can process timber in its rough state, bring boards up to a glimmering smoothness, cut rabbets, dados, grooves and other joints, and trim wood with a precision that has yet to be matched by power tools.

Yet many woodworkers – both beginners and professionals – are intimidated by choosing the right tool, sharpening its cutter and putting it to use. And that's why Christopher Schwarz, the editor of Woodworking Magazine, wrote this book.

"Handplane Essentials" 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 the author's writing on the subject of handplanes in magazines, trade journals and blogs.

Here's what you'll find inside the 312 pages:

The 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.

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

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.

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. The author has tried them all.

SKU U7285
Additional Feature Paperback
Author/Speaker/Editor Christopher Schwarz
File/Trim Size 8.25 x 10.88
Format Paperback
ISBN 13 9781440332982
Number Of Pages 312

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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)

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