Arts & Mysteries: Rumplestiltskin is My Name

Unlock the secrets of your hand planes by first learning their real names.
By Adam Cherubini
Pages: 82-85

From the August 2005 issue #149
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Ever-increasing numbers of woodworkers are using hand planes in their shops. Their demand for fine planes has given rise to boutique plane makers such as Clark & Williams, Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, Veritas and Shepherd Tool Co. to name a few.

These users’ interest has given rise to another industry, no less substantial than the plane manufacturers: The opinionated and self-righteous wood plane experts! These dreaded, self-proclaimed experts offer their opinions in books, DVDs and yes – you guessed it – magazine articles. They offer gems in dribs and drabs, promising that (with their help, of course) you can magically turn any roughsawn surface into wood as smooth as gold.

From the August 2005 issue #149
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