Arts & Mysteries: Junk to Jewel


How to turn cheap wooden planes into workshop treasures.
By Adam Cherubini
Pages: 26-28

From the April 2008 issue #168
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Never before have such a wide variety of handplanes been available to woodworkers. If you’re looking for a new plane, but aren’t sure which one to buy, I recommend an antique wooden plane. Old wooden planes, found inexpensively at flea markets, antique shops and online, offer excellent performance. I like their light weight and thick, laminated blades. And there’s nothing like the smooth feel of wood on wood. Because they are made of wood, they’re easily repaired by woodworkers like us! In this article, I’ll discuss why I think anyone wondering about their next plane purchase should choose an antique plane.


From the April 2008 issue #168
Buy this issue now