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Re: Whelan planemaking book? *LINK*

steve voigt
OK, so a little more now that I have time…

The good thing about Whelan's book is that it covers a very wide range--bench, side escapement, simple & complex molding profiles, various fenced planes, etc. It's a good basic introduction and has some valuable info.

The main flaws are that he take a recipe approach to layout, rather than proceeding from first principles, and he doesn't get much into the nitty gritty of operations--you're on your own for that. Probably because he didn't know the nitty gritty. My impression is that he was primarily a collector, rather than a maker, and he made enough planes to be conversant in the craft, but didn't really have expertise.

I won't really fault him for these things. He was writing in the depths of what Warren has called the "hand tool dark ages." Nobody else was writing about this stuff, and it was courageous of him to do so. 20/20 hindsight and all that.

If you want to build bench planes, David's videos are the best source. For side escapement planes, I'll cast another vote for Larry William's video, which is helpful for all types of planes, not just side escapements.

One other good source is Armour's "practical planemaking" article. This is probably not helpful for beginners, but is useful for people with some planes under their belts. Armour was a professional maker, and the article was first published in 1898. The handplanecentral.com link to this article is broken, but I'll put a live link below.

Shameless plug: I have an article on making a double iron smoother coming out in Pop Woodworking next week. Hopefully some will find that of interest.

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