Ever dreamed about planing wafer-thin wood shavings with a handplane you built yourself? Two editors, intrigued by a planemaker's sales pitch, set out to do just that: build handplanes from a kit of parts. To make it interesting, they each built a plane from a different company -- one from Shepherd Tool and the other from St. James Bay Tool Co. This is their story.

From Fine Woodworking #181