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Thanks for visiting. This is the place to purchase signed copies of my book, Making and Mastering Wood Planes, its companion video , and highest quality plane blades for the  Krenov-type wood planes you can make with these resources (see “Products”).  Get in touch if you are interested in personalized fine woodworking instruction.

I established my studio in 1986 designing and building furniture, acoustic guitars, and liturgical works. The “Portfolio” menu is primarily an archive where you may access image galleries representing the scope of that work.  Now I am a full-time luthier building violins and violas. I don’t build many guitars now, but I recently made an exceptional classical guitar  that is suitable for a performer or advanced student.

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The Book & Video

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

Free Shipping Offer

Purchase the book and video together and enjoy free shipping. This offer applies to any added plane irons too. USA destinations Only Please Note:  Select any shipping method at checkout. A shipping charge will appear; I will refund that amount when the order is fulfilled.

And lower cost shipping for a book or DVD purchased separately: now $3.75 (Media Rate – no blades can be included).

The Book   

192 pages, 245 color photos, 93 drawings, Smyth-sewn (durable soft-cover binding), 5th printing. Autographed.

$24.95 plus shipping     Small Buy Now Button

(see below for shipping info. If you prefer to pay by personal check, mail it to my address on the Contact page.)

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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 described in detail, 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 quality blade for your plane.

A fine hand plane is a remarkably useful  tool and Krenov-style wooden planes are among the best — at a fraction of the cost of high-end metal planes. I was introduced to this type of wood plane as a student of Krenov’s back in 1984 and I have worked with them daily ever since. Used sensitively, they will make invisible edge joints, trim end-grain cleanly and accurately, bring surfaces to gleaming perfection, and allow you to work with extraordinary accuracy. What’s more, they may  be built to accept extra-thick blades of highest quality steel for ease of sharpening and durable edge retention. Finally, wood planes simply feel great in the hand and are a joy to use.

When you purchase your book here you receive an autographed copy. I enjoy making that small connection with each of my readers and I would love to hear about your experiences with plane making. If you share those experiences, and perhaps an image of a plane you made, I’ll post them to my blog entry devoted to reader reviews and photos. And, of course, check out that link to see how other woodworkers have responded — there’s a lot of them!

International customers may wish to check with my German retail partner, Dictum, or in Canada, Lee Valley, for possible shipping savings.  (They only carry the book at this time).

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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Shipping Information

Within the USA,  for order containing Plane Irons choose Priority shipping option at checkout. Your order will ship USPS Priority Mail for $6.50 with 2-3- day delivery

Within the USA,  for order with a Book or DVD Only choose Economy shipping option at checkout. Your order will ship USPS Media Mail for $3.75 with 3-7 day delivery. You may select Priority for faster delivery.

Outside USA $24-$34 USPS International First Class. Price calculated at checkout.

Plane Blades

By arrangement with bladesmith Ron Hock, the plane irons exclusively offered here (pictured above) are crafted from A-2 alloy steel, then cryogenically treated. These are my favorite blades and the ones that I use daily.  A-2 steel is formulated for abrasion resistance and is particularly responsive to cryogenic treatment. The steel, cryo-treatment, and skillful execution result in plane blades with 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-type” wood planes in honor of my  teacher, 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.

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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(see below for shipping info. If you prefer to pay by personal check, mail it to my address on the Contact page.)

Shipping Information
  • Within the USA $6.50.  At checkout select Priority. Your order will ship USPS Priority Mail with 2-3- day delivery.
  • When you purchase both a book and DVD add plane blades and enjoy  Free Shipping.  See Book and Video page for further details.
  • The Economy shipping option is for books or DVDs only. (Media Rate).
  • 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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