Molotilo LLC
Decorate your life. Event design & styling.
Call: +1-202-865-6611
Customer Care representatives are available daily
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT

David finck: woodworker

Home » Craft tools » Hand tools »

Also Available in Video Format. (See the trailer here.)

Woodworkers know that some tools are just a pleasure to own and use. A great hand plane probably tops the list of wonderful woodworking tools and shop-made wood planes are as good or better as any, and a fraction of the cost of high-end metal planes. A fine wood plane will make invisible edge joints, trim end-grain cleanly and accurately, bring surfaces to gleaming perfection, and allow you to work with extraordinary accuracy. Wood tools feel great in the hand and wood planes are no exception. Wood planes can be adjusted more accurately, and will hold those adjustments better than any other type of plane. They can also accept extra-thick blades of highest quality steel (A-2 cryogenic is my choice).

electric plainer


Making your own tools can be one of the most satisfying of woodworking projects and anyone with novice skills and a limited shop can have success making their own wood plane. The book or video will guide you from start-to-finish, but put the two together (and take advantage of the Free Shipping offer) and you'll have the most in-depth and thorough coverage available of this enjoyable woodworking project. The book works great as a bench-top reference and self-paced instructional guide and includes many fundamentals of fine woodworking as well. The video pulls it all together and presents information and nuance that truly only comes to life in moving pictures. Additional wood tool projects include making a plane adjusting hammer and a carving or marking knife.

wooden hand


I decided to write “Making and Mastering Wood Planes” after teaching dozens of workshops on the topic at craft centers and schools across the country over many years. It was the pure delight expressed by so many students at having the simple, yet subtle mysteries of the hand plane uncovered that inspired me. I was introduced to wooden hand-planes many years ago as a student of the craftsman so often associated with this particular style of hand-plane, James Krenov. He was also kind enough to provide a forward for the book. Students of mine had suggested on many occasions that a dedicated book was needed on the topic that would appeal to novice and experienced woodworkers alike. You see, building your own hand-plane is not just an end to acquiring a great hand tool, but also serves as an elegant framework for learning many fundamentals of fine woodworking. Three years in the making, with very detailed text and hundreds of photos and drawings, I think you will find that “Making and Mastering Wood Planes” will ably and assuredly guide you through the process while helping to elevate your skills to the next level.

Read this very favorable review by Chris Schwarz.

Now in its fifth printing, published by Hickory Ridge Press (my self-publishing concern) the book is offered in soft-cover, 192 pp, 245 color photos, 93 drawings, Printed on 100# glossy stock. For this printing I upgraded the binding from “perfect bound” to “Smyth sewn”. This is a more durable soft-cover book than the perfect bound with pages sewn into signatures which also allows the book to more readily lie flat when opened.

Topics include:

Tuning up a metal block plane and all the necessary hand tools

  • Fast efficient and effective sharpening
  • Tuning a band-saw and re-sawing plane blanks
  • Making the plane
  • Troubleshooting
  • Using planes for: edge-joining, squaring, truing and polishing surfaces, and trimming

  • Planing aids: shooting boards, etc.
  • Scrapers and scraping
  • Making rocker-bottom planes and scraper planes
  • Making a marking knife and plane adjusting hammer
  • “What I'd like to see happen, through this book that David has written, is for you to make a plane or planes that will, in turn, make fine music.”

    ~ James Krenov (from the foreword to Making and Mastering Wood Planes)

    Copies ordered from my web site are signed

    © 2016 | All Rights Reserved |