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I established my studio in 1986 designing and building furniture, acoustic guitars, and liturgical works. The “Portfolio” menu accesses image galleries representing the scope of this work.  Now I am a full-time luthier building violins and violas.

Purchase my book, Making and Mastering Wood Planes, and its companion video version, along with high quality plane blades for the planes you can make with these resources (see “Products”).

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The Book & Video

Making and Mastering Wood Planes -- book and DVD by David Finck

The Book   

192 pages, 245 color photos, 93 drawings, soft cover, Smyth-sewn,
5th printing.

$24.95 plus shipping     Small Buy Now Button

A recognized classic in the field. The book will guide any level of woodworker through all the steps and procedures in great detail, to arrive at a hand plane that is a  joy to work with. Many fundamentals of fine woodworking are taught along  the way making this an ideal project for the novice. Adjusting and using the plane is detailed, as is use of the cabinet scraper – sister to the hand plane. Other projects include making a small hammer for adjusting the blade and making a marking knife. Also, consider purchasing a blade for your plane.

A fine hand plane tops my list of remarkably useful woodworking hand tools and shop-made wooden planes are among the best — at a fraction of the cost of high-end metal planes. Wood planes will make invisible edge joints, trim end-grain cleanly and accurately, bring surfaces to gleaming perfection, and allow you to work with extraordinary accuracy. They can be adjusted more accurately, and will hold those adjustments better than any other type of plane. They also accept extra-thick blades of highest quality steel. And then, wood planes simply feel great in the hand.


The Video

The video provides over 4-1/2 hours of detailed  instruction on making and using wood planes, closely following the format and content of my book. The book or the video will get you to a working plane. Purchased together the book and video make for a comprehensive learning experience — the next best thing to private instruction. Available as a two-DVD set or by streaming (a cost-saving option, especially for international customers, as there is no shipping charge).

DVDs $29.95 (plus shipping)     Small Buy Now Button

Stream $19.95    Small Buy Now Button
When your order is received I will send you a login and password to access the video online – this may take up to 24 hours. Your purchase grants 1 year of access from when your password is sent. The password is reset from time to time. Email me if you need a new password.

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Within the USA $6.50 Flat-rate USPS Priority Mail.
Outside USA $24-$34 USPS Priority Mail. Price calculated at checkout.

Plane Blades

By arrangement with noted bladesmith Ron Hock.  The plane irons offered here (pictured above) are crafted from A-2 alloy steel, then cryogenically treated. The steel, cryo-treatment, skillful execution result in what I believe are the best blades available for wooden hand planes — particularly notable for their outstanding edge retention. They are designed specifically for the type of planes featured in my book, Making and Mastering Wood Hand Planes. These are often called “Krenov-style” planes in honor of James Krenov who adapted the classic European wooden plane to this form and wrote about them in his book, The Fine Art of Cabinetmaking. Your satisfaction is unconditionally guaranteed. These are blades to last a life-time, and beyond.

Blade Specifications
  • 3-1/2″ long x 3/16″ thick
  • Three widths: 1-1/2″, 1-3/4″, and 2″
  • Chip-breaker and cap-screw included
  • Cryogenically treated A-2 Steel
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1-1/2″ Width Plane Blade   $57      Small Buy Now Button
1-3/4″ Width Plane Blade   $60     Small Buy Now Button
2″ Width Plane Blade  $63              Small Buy Now Button

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Shipping Information

Within the USA $6.50 Flat-rate USPS Priority Mail.
Outside USA $24-$34 USPS Priority Mail. Price calculated at checkout.


I build violins and violas for professionals, advanced students and dedicated amateurs. For a comprehensive look please visit: www.davidfinckluthier.com

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