The Handplane Book Paperback – Sep 15 2003
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Woodworkers beware: Garrett Hack has put together a completely irresistible book, beautifully illustrated with color photographs, drawings, diagrams, and everything you would ever want or need to know about the handplane, the ultimate woodworker's tool. Hack covers the history of planes back to Roman times, and explains how to tune and sharpen a handplane, how to use the many different varieties properly, and how to purchase the right kind of plane. In a world where most woodwork is done with machine tools and mechanized wood-shaping devices, The Handplane Book is an ode to the wonders of the beautiful work done with a tool many modern woodworkers have probably forgotten. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Hack is a professional furniture maker. He is a regular contributor to Fine Woodworking magazine.
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If you'd looked inside the tool chest of an 18th-century colonial joiner, you'd have found chisels, gouges, a bit stock and bits, handsaws, hammers, squares, gimlets, a hand adz, and an assortment of planes. Read the first page
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Included is information about different kinds of planes that are used for joining, truing, surfacing, shaping, and specialty planes such as those used by violin makers and others, as well as information on how to select, maintain, and tune a plane. I really liked the way the author gives due consideration to wooden planes, information one can use to help make their own. There are wonderful photographs and illustrations used throughout the book that accompany the professionally written text.
The author has defintely performed an excellent job compiling and presenting the information. Even as a coffee table book, those who peruse it will find it hard to put down. For the woodworker at any skill level this is a must have for the shop.
Garrett Hack stears clear of personnal opinions. Although he will let you know which planes he owns/likes. He has a thorough knowlege of his subject, and covers a broad range of topics while keeping the book short in lenght.
There's more to this book than aesthetics. Garrett Hack provides an excellent introduction to the practical side of handplanes. There are a few areas where other experts disagree with Mr. Hack (e.g., whether one must lap the sole of a plane flat, or whether one should snug up the depth adjustment to "take out the slack").
As another reviewer commented, this makes a great coffe table book--but it also makes an excellent and inspiring workshop book. I recommend it whole-heartedly.
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It's tool-porn, but it's high class tool porn. There is history and useful information throughout as well. I'll be fair. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Zen Archer
Everything I had ever wanted to know about hand planes is in this book. Many things I didn't know I wanted to know about hand planes are also in this book.Published 3 months ago by Brian J Warner
This book covers all aspects of almost every type of handplane including their tuning, uses, and specialty items. There are many great tips that I have found invaluable. Read morePublished on May 17 1998
This book covers all aspects of almost every type of handplane including their tuning, uses, and specialty items. There are many great tips that I have found invaluable. Read morePublished on May 17 1998 by firstname.lastname@example.org
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