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"I'm considering getting the Whelan book on wooden plane making ("Making Traditional Wooden Planes") and am wondering how it's stood the test of time and if that's still a good starting point?"

Starting point for what? What kind of plane exactly, for what purpose etc...

I have his digest book, and I used to read the glossary before doing seminars so I could be sure to know all the obscure terms. In books there is the before and after the "awakening" books. In the before category, mostly the authors didn't know how to do stuff, or if they did they weren't telling. Krenov who has a reputation for the effete, actually wrote clear blow by blow instructions during the period. Then after the awakening there were no secrets, and in that period, something like David's series of videos would be a better starting point for making planes of a truly traditional type, though traditional virtually describes everything in plane form with the exception of a few LV or Hotley types. :)

If you are an absolute beginner, or someone who uses planes in a shop, but isn't trying to recreate colonial Williamsberg, and if you have a power saw, the glue up planes are just as good, and are very easy to build. You can make any plane through a glue up process, or you can make ones like the Krenov style. or varients of the German planes that way. There are some advantages to mortised planes, and if you have the right gear, if your shop is better equipped with hand tools, they may be the right approach to take.

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