This is a good primer on bench planes, covering everything from tool selection and set-up to tuning, use and maintenance. Well illustrated with hundreds of drawings and color photos, it offers revealing insights into the anatomy of both bevel-up and bevel-down planes, with a detailed examination of all the main types of bench planes and their uses.

A helpful troubleshooting section offers practical advice on how to overcome many common pitfalls, while separate chapters cover the related topics of sharpening, workholding and the use of shooting boards. As the title suggests, it’s certainly an invaluable guide for anyone new to using handplanes, but also an excellent resource for experienced woodworkers.

Softcover, 8 1/2" × 11", 166 pages, 2017.

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