Whether you are a beginner considering which planes to buy, a seasoned pro hoping to refine your skills or a collector interested in the history of these diverse hand tools, this comprehensive reference contains a wealth of information on planes from past to present. There's a chapter devoted to each of several types of planes, including bench, joinery, molding and block planes, as well as a chapter on scrapers.

The author shows you how to tune, use, and even make your own planes, and how to troubleshoot common problems. He offers practical guidance on collecting and restoring antique planes, and examines some of the most noteworthy innovations that have been made by modern manufacturers. All of this is backed with more than 500 images and an illustrated glossary covering a broad range of planes and components.

Hardcover, 8 1/2" × 11", 192 pages, 2010.

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