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Gazette Archive 2/18/01

A book review by Robert Bradley

Title: Making and Mastering Wood Planes

David Finck

Published by: Sterling Publishing Co. Inc.
387 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10016-8810
ISBN 0806961635
Price Softcover: $17.95 (Canada $25.95 )
192 pages, 250 b/w illustrations

A Classic! This book will be in every serious woodworker's library if they work with wood planes. The author, David Finck, meticulously describes how to make wooden planes - even the making of the plane irons and chip breakers. The book also contains many useful hints and advice on other aspects of working with wood, band sawing, sharpening, planing techniques, and a final chapter on scraping techniques.

However, the most informative sections deal with the special language and techniques for making the proper throat opening, routing the ramp slot, making the final wedge, and testing and adjusting the plane. For the novice, you will be introduced to a variety of plane uses and styles (and terms) that will enhance your final treatment of wood projects.

This book requires multiple readings to fully absorb the contents. Any reader will find it hard to resist rushing to the woodshop and cutting the first several wood blanks. Go to it woodworkers!

Robert Bradley

Editor's Note: Sterling Publishing has graciously donated several books for review which are passed on to our members free of charge in exchange for thoughtful, honest reviews. Thank You! And you can usually find their titles at a discount from Barnes And Noble

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