Nope. I tried all the places, including Amazon, yesterday. Amazon lists it as
out-of-stock. No one else lists it at all. I don't know who published it. No
listing on Taunton and I can't figure out the Pop. Woodworking Books site, so
am not sure there. He might try running a search at Sterling and Lark, and
check and see if Linden carries it.
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I found several copies available online, Amazon UK lists several
copies. Try a search on isbn.nu or any of the decent metasearch book
email@example.com (Charlie Self) wrote in message
Do an "advanced Google" search for the title "Making and Mastering Wood
you will get over 30 hits.
The book seems not to carried by the big online book sellers. I can't
is out of print so soon.
Information about the book:
Title: Making and Mastering Wood Planes"
Author: Finck, David with foreword by James Krenov
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Co.
Softcover, 192 pages, publish date Oct 2000
Retail price: $17.95
I did find the book for you at Blackwell's books an US affiliate of a
English book seller.
The book looks like it was reprinted by an English firm -- not Sterling
Price $21.95 plus shipping.
Some of the Big online book sellers had the book at a cheaper price, but it
was out of stock.
No one seems to have it in stock. I tried the Sterling Publishing site, but AOL
is in a pissy mood.
They don't sell directly but should be able to quickly find a local or mail
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firstname.lastname@example.org (Dick Latshaw) wrote in
I found my copy at a Woodcraft store in Sacramento, CA, last fall. The
book was recommended to me by a woodworker who had gone to the College of
the Redwoods with David.
While it is a good book, there is not really a lot more material there than
is contained in the various articles which have been published in FWW over
the years, starting with Issue #1, Timothy Ellsworth and #126, David
Welter. (David still teaches at College of the Redwoods. We met him a
couple of weekends ago. A delightful fellow...) There may have been other
FWW articles, and they MAY be in the CD ROM version of FWW. I don't know.
I suppose that, if you find no easier method of finding the book, I could
be convinced to part with my copy. Contact me on regular email via gmadsen
at comcast dot net if you're interested.
The difficult part of the construction for me is being able to get back to
the planes now sitting incomplete, waiting for me to cut the openings in
the bottom. My wife is being entirely unreasonable, and wants me to
complete the hall bathroom remodel. ;-)
Yep. I got my copy a few years back and was somewhat disappointed
that it didn't contain much new info. IIRC, a good portion of it was
devoted to sharpening, etc., so it might be useful to someone who's a
relative newbie to planes. For someone just wanting info on the
mechanics of putting together plane, they could do just as well with
the FWW articles. Even better, get the little book that Lee Valley
sells called _Wooden Planes and How to Make Them_ by David G. Perch
and Robert S. Lee (no relation). It costs only $10 and has detailed
instructions for making several different types of planes (smoothers,
including an adjustable mouth version, chamfer plane, and a few
I thought I was the only one with that problem. ;-) I've built a
couple, including a little-bitty cocobolo smoother, and I have all the
pieces for a beech smoother sitting in a corner of my shop just
waiting for the time I can get around to putting it together. (It's a
Krenov-style laminated plane.)
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