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Handplane Essentials by Christopher Schwarz


Handplane Essentials by Christopher Schwarz
Highland Item # 204739
Author: Christopher Schwarz


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Handplane Essentials. Author, Christopher Schwarz

There is no woodworking tool that is 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. 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 Christopher Schwarz' writing on the subject of handplanes in magazines, trade journals and blogs:


The Basics- Learn what the different handplanes are used for. Decode their 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. Handplane Essentials 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 will 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. The author has tried them all.


ISBN 978-1-44033-298-2

Paperback. 312 pages


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