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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”).

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.

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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:  a shipping charge appears at check out; it will be refunded when the order is fulfilled.

The Book   

192 pages, 245 color photos, 93 drawings, Smyth-sewn (durable soft-cover binding), 5th printing. Books purchased here are signed.

$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.)

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 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.

Click Testimonials for reader feedback and click This for a blog post from my old web site featuring pictures of planes submitted by book readers and video watchers, along with more comments.

International customers may wish to check with my German retail partner, Dictum, 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 $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.  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-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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(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 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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