The Making of ‘Handplane Essentials, Revised Edition’

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When Scott Francis
at In style Woodworking Books requested me to revise my 2009 e-book
“Handplane Essentials,” I assumed it will
be a brief job. The plan was so as to add a handful of articles I’d
written on specialty planes and replace the textual content to precisely
replicate toolmakers who had entered or left the market for the reason that
e-book was first revealed.

I began revising the e-book in Might of 2016. And the job that I
thought would take two weeks (at most) ended up taking three
whole months of my life throughout all waking hours. Why did this

Whereas little has modified in the way in which that metal cuts wooden, tons
has modified within the toolmaking trade. Many gamers have
entered the market and much have left. And even the makers who
had been round in 2009 have expanded or tremendously modified their
strains of handplanes.

So I wanted to replace virtually each paragraph within the e-book to
replicate the instruments that at the moment are out there. I wanted to excise
jigs from makers who had gone out of enterprise. I wanted to
revise the sections on sharpening to replicate new stones and
honing guides that at the moment are out there.

And I wanted to put in writing and greater than a dozen new
articles from scratch to fill in areas of the e-book that I
thought wanted increasing, significantly the part on utilizing
moulding planes, plus including a photographic part that exhibits
methods for easy methods to course of inventory by hand.

As well as, to be truthful, a number of of my opinions have modified
since “Handplane Necessities” was launched eight years in the past.
Whereas I used to desire taming tear-out with a good mouth or a
excessive slicing angle, I’ve since turn out to be a lot better at utilizing
chipbreakers (additionally known as “again irons”). So I wanted so as to add an
whole new part on chipbreakers and rewrite plenty of copy to
replicate my new respect for the chipbreaker.

So whereas it’s truthful to say I revised “Handplane Essentials,” it may be extra
correct to say I rewrote it and expanded it. Should you personal the
earlier version, you’ll discover plenty of new content material within the
revised e-book. And if you’re new to handplanes, you’ll discover
this e-book a deep dive into each facet of this necessary
woodworking device, from block planes to joinery planes, scrub
planes to smoothers, advanced moulders to specialty trimming

After working with planes since I used to be a boy, I can say the
world of handplanes is virtually limitless. And “Handplane Essentials” is a superb
introduction to that world for nearly any woodworker.

— Christopher Schwarz

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