Make a wood plane and it will reward you with flat, gleaming wood surfaces and an unmatched planing experience. Make it the way David Finck does, and you’ll be surprised how easy it is. Wood planes offer great value. They far exceed the quality and performance of less-expensive metal planes, and you can build several of them for the price of one high-end plane. Their thick blades make freehand honing easy, and the high-quality steel holds a great edge. Last, they are shaped to fit your hands, so the comfort factor alone is a good reason to explore them.

From Fine Woodworking #196