The best hand plane book that you've never heard of: Choosing and Using Handplanes

The best hand plane book that you've never heard of: Choosing and Using Handplanes

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  1. Cameron Gore on July 28, 2022 at 10:24 pm

    Great recommendation! I’m also looking for a book that details all (or most) of the Stanley planes so that I can better determine if all of the parts on my 1920’s No 5 are original and not a "franken plane." I’m not quite sure how else to describe what I’m looking for but it would be similar to the coffee table book that I have that goes over different guitars over the years (something like +400 pages with detailed pictures) Great video as always!

  2. Howard Springsteen on July 28, 2022 at 10:29 pm

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Dave McCracken on July 28, 2022 at 10:40 pm

    Nice touch James. Not only do you review here, you review it for Amazon. As a neophyte woodwrker, I will be getting this one day soon!

  4. Sebastopolmark on July 28, 2022 at 10:41 pm

    Thanks Mr Nubs for sharing that book. It will definitely become part of my library.

  5. Mark McCluney on July 28, 2022 at 10:46 pm

    cool. how much?

  6. Tim Royal on July 28, 2022 at 10:48 pm

    Thanks! If a plane nut (double entendre intended) like you recommends it then it must be good!

  7. robohippy on July 28, 2022 at 11:00 pm

    Well, I may pick it up, but hate buying from Amazon…. The problem I have with planes is how to get straight and square surfaces, and I have never seen that in any of the ‘how to’ videos. Being able to correct or hide mistakes is huge. Problems I am having, mostly getting one side square to the other. First it slopes one way, then I fix it and it slopes the other way, back and forth several times before getting it close. The other problem I had I figured out. I was getting a nice smooth crown/arch in the pieces. I was keeping pressure on the nose of the plane for the whole cut rather than just using nose pressure to start the cut and then switching to the back/handle part of the plane. Also, no need for the white knuckle death grip…

  8. Willem Kossen on July 28, 2022 at 11:02 pm

    Want for Christmas

  9. Rick M on July 28, 2022 at 11:14 pm

    Amazingly an Amazon Customer reviewed this same publication and gave it 5 stars, and used your words from this video verbatim! Word is definitely getting around and that is just a plane fact >smile<.
    Using the affiliate link, of course, my copy should arrive Oct. 30th Thanks.

  10. Devin Padilla on July 28, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    I discovered this woodworking book more out of curiosity than utility, “pepe amazing plan” (Google it), and I happen to be amazed. It never disappointed me in my desire to acquire more information about the art of woodworking. A lot of topics were covered, including everything from wood types to developing your workshop.