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UPDATE: Book Giveaway: How to Choose and Use Bench Planes and Scrapers by John English

comments (51) May 9th, 2010 in blogs

BetsyE Betsy Engel, contributor
thumbs up no recommendations

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How to Choose and Use Bench Planes and Scrapers by John English
Linden Publishing, 2010.
$21.95; 120 pp.

How to Choose and Use Bench Planes and Scrapers by John English is a “guide to selecting and using the right hand plane for your woodworking projects.” The book provides step-by-step instructions, with photos, to teach you how to sharpen an iron, tune a bench plane, and flatten a board, as well as other techniques for “creating deep, rich surfaces.” This book is written for all woodworkers but is probably best for the beginner and intermediate woodworker.

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Comments (51)

TheLeftHand TheLeftHand writes: Count me in!
Posted: 2:27 pm on May 18th

calouche calouche writes: I gave my favorite plane to my father when I was fourteen. He never used it... And it's now still my favorite plane.
Posted: 8:46 am on May 17th

agenttwitch agenttwitch writes: That book would look great in my woodworking library. Just sayin...
Posted: 7:23 am on May 17th

swenson swenson writes: I'll give it to our local library. They are getting quite a collection of woodworking books.
Posted: 9:39 am on May 16th

toobguy toobguy writes: One of these days I'll win, one of these days.......
Posted: 8:14 pm on May 13th

larinUP larinUP writes: With the recent addition of a Hock blade for my Stanley #4, and a burnisher for my scrapers, this is just the book I need.

Posted: 4:56 pm on May 13th

Triumph1 Triumph1 writes: Always room for more knowledge!
Posted: 8:49 pm on May 12th

b_houf b_houf writes: I just fixed up a plane and bought some scrapers so this would be a huge help. I need to learn how to use them so i don't go out and spend more money.
Posted: 5:52 pm on May 12th

jovenx jovenx writes: I wonder if this new book on planes and scrapers is a repeat of what is out there now (just reprinted) or does it cover:

-How to sharpen curved scrapers

-How to modify a hybrid plane to work on curved surfaces

-How to get that swap meet clunker to "look"" really good using abrasive powder

-The ergonomics of planing long boards (i.e. center of gravity, stepping off, etc.)

-How to make your own custom scrapers from old hand saw steel

What is in the book that has not been covered before?? Do we need another book on the parts of the plane and how to sharpen straight scrapers?
Posted: 12:01 am on May 12th

JimFuller1 JimFuller1 writes: Come on dices, Jimmy needs a brand new book!
Posted: 11:53 pm on May 11th

modern_animal modern_animal writes: Can this book tempt me away from Lie-Nielsen??? It's worth a try!!!
Posted: 4:06 pm on May 11th

YonedaD YonedaD writes: Yes... the addiction, the shame, oh, please...
Posted: 5:48 am on May 11th

Lori K Lori K writes: I could really use a book like this. I am slowly starting to read and learn about the different handplanes that I need opposed to all the different ones that are out there.

Thank You
Posted: 2:15 am on May 11th

Bob_Ottawa Bob_Ottawa writes: I'm getting bitten by the hand tool bug. I'd like to try this book out !
Posted: 11:50 pm on May 10th

MarkusJ MarkusJ writes: I want one!
Posted: 9:13 pm on May 10th

Larrythewoodguy Larrythewoodguy writes: Thanks for a chance to win.
Posted: 7:57 pm on May 10th

Minnesota Minnesota writes: A Galoot can never get enough. (-;
Posted: 6:53 pm on May 10th

mgalipeau mgalipeau writes: I have a small shop and bench planes are on the (long) list to purchase. This book would be super helpful.
Posted: 6:29 pm on May 10th

rwyoung rwyoung writes: Comment to enter drawing! :)
Posted: 2:24 pm on May 10th

spymac spymac writes: Yep, sure would be a nice addition to the library as I build my skills! Wonder is Schwartz has a copy? ;-)
Posted: 1:21 pm on May 10th

mjonkman mjonkman writes: I want to use hand tools more, count me in.
Posted: 1:04 pm on May 10th

kevmc_Samm kevmc_Samm writes: Looks like a great book.
Posted: 1:04 pm on May 10th

flattown flattown writes: I would love to win this book since i'm adding more hand tools to my shop
Posted: 12:19 pm on May 10th

Dean7 Dean7 writes: I'm a new woodworker who's just starting to accumulate a set of bench planes. This book would be a great resource.
Posted: 11:37 am on May 10th

chucktown chucktown writes: Looks like a handy book to have in the library, Thanks
Posted: 11:02 am on May 10th

Plumsquare Plumsquare writes: I've been wanting to learn to use hand planes. now is my chance. thanks for the opportunity.
Posted: 10:40 am on May 10th

Plumsquare Plumsquare writes: I've been wanting to learn to use hand planes. now is my chance. thanks for the opportunity.
Posted: 10:39 am on May 10th

tonydd tonydd writes: I could definitely use this book.
Posted: 10:15 am on May 10th

Water_Doc Water_Doc writes: I am interested in learning about, and using hand planes. This would be great.
Posted: 9:42 am on May 10th

tlpmap tlpmap writes: I need this one! Don't know anything about planes.
Posted: 9:37 am on May 10th

MrHudon MrHudon writes: Looks like a great read,
Posted: 9:36 am on May 10th

cwelte cwelte writes: I'd love to be able to add this to my library!
Posted: 9:17 am on May 10th

GraceAndGrain GraceAndGrain writes: I'm just getting started with hand tools - this would be awesome!
Posted: 9:03 am on May 10th

captlen captlen writes: Count me in. I would love a copy.
Posted: 9:01 am on May 10th

fishing7x fishing7x writes: Would be great book since I really like using hand planes.
Posted: 8:45 am on May 10th

calouche calouche writes: Best is the plane truth.
Posted: 8:11 am on May 10th

manu31 manu31 writes: sander vs plane : the plane for me...and the book
Posted: 7:18 am on May 10th

pbriggs pbriggs writes: I would love to have this book.
Posted: 1:20 am on May 10th

bmyyou bmyyou writes: I need a comprehensive book about selection and tuning as well as technique
Posted: 12:51 am on May 10th

uncwalley uncwalley writes: I can't wait for my book.
Posted: 12:32 am on May 10th

casaheil casaheil writes: I'd love to win this book. I could definitely use some guidance as I move up from my very basic home center block plane.
Posted: 12:21 am on May 10th

wiskytango wiskytango writes: I promise to learn to read if I win.

Posted: 11:24 pm on May 9th

woodzealot woodzealot writes: I like chicken parmigiana.
Posted: 11:19 pm on May 9th

sid works sid works writes: every day is another learning day
Posted: 11:07 pm on May 9th

sk2tobin sk2tobin writes: I love using handplanes so this would be a great book.
Posted: 10:39 pm on May 9th

Morton Morton writes: Sweet. Looks like a perfect book for me currently since I'm going to buy some more planes shortly.
Posted: 10:17 pm on May 9th

Woodgobbler Woodgobbler writes: Include me.
Posted: 9:19 pm on May 9th

kaschmid3 kaschmid3 writes: sure why not
Posted: 9:03 pm on May 9th

rodk1 rodk1 writes: I would love to check out this book. Thanks for a chance to.
Posted: 9:02 pm on May 9th

LawrenceofPA LawrenceofPA writes: A great father's day gift to myself. :-)
Posted: 8:57 pm on May 9th

BUILDERS695 BUILDERS695 writes: Would make a great Father's Day gift next month
Posted: 8:56 pm on May 9th

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