Here is a list of books on the subject of woodworking in general and toolmaking in particular. I have found many of these books to be an invaluable reference over the years and until the time I write my own book, I can recommend them to you. If you click on the book images the link will take you to the Amazon online shop.
Patented Transitional and Metallic
planes in America Vols 1 & 2.
Roger Smith published Patented Transitional and Metallic Planes in America, 1827-1927, Volume I in 1981. Patented Transitional and Metallic Planes in America,Volume II, which was published in 1992, contains all the new information uncovered since the Volume I. These companion volumes contain an exhaustive amount of research, are full of illustrations in black & white and colour, and loaded with information. Both are true classics, and highly recommended. Not only are they are essential to identifying American planes and understanding their history, but it is awe-inspiring to look at these beautiful tools, and learn about their history.
PATENTED TRANSITIONAL AND METALLIC PLANES IN AMERICA, 1827-1927, Volume I - by Roger K. Smith,
This book covers the basic information on patented planes. 340 pages, and 350 superb photos--41 in full colour. Important information on Bailey and Stanley, their competitors such as Sargent, Ohio Tool Co. And Millers Falls. Extensive information on all of the other early designers and producers of planes in America, with biographical data and photos of many inventors and manufacturers. Production Type Studies for Stanley planes. Rare plane catalogues reproduced.
PATENTED TRANSITIONAL AND METALLIC PLANES IN AMERICA -VOL II - by Roger K. Smith,
After ten years of gathering information and three years of full time research and extensive travelling, Roger K Smith has authored his second book on patented planes. Contained in this comprehensive reference book are photographs, illustrations and a wealth of information relating to all patented and other planes manufactured in America between 1827 and 1960, which are known to exist, the exception being planes already presented in Vol 1 are not shown unless there was a design change and are used for comparison. Hardcover, 400 pages. Over 450 photos - 44 in full colour.
David Charlsworth - Furniture
Making Techniques Vol.1 and Vol.2.
David Charlsworths Furniture Making Techniques volumes 1 and 2 draw from his series of articles for Furniture and Cabinetmaking magazine and from his teaching. These books are packed with techniques, advice and tips on how to get the most from your workshop tools, David really knows how to set up a hand plane and here you can learn from the master.
Garrett Hack - The Handplane
Book and Classic Hand Tools.
This well written book is a useful source of historical information on hand planes with high quality photographs throughout. Also gives practical advice on setting up and use.
The Classic Handtools book moves beyond planes to encompass all the hand tools found in the workshop, with the same practical information and enthusiastic approach.
British Planemakers from 1700
A thorough and well researched history of British planemaking. Updated in the third edition by Jane Rees. This book may be currently out of print but a second hand copy is well worth tracking down if you can find one. Try the sellers at ABE - www.abebooks.com.
Wooden Plow Planes - Don Rosebrook
In Wooden Plow Planes, noted author and collector Don Rosebrook paints a visual panorama of almost 275 years of plane making, providing fresh and insightful commentary on the evolution of the plow plane from its humble origins to its apotheosis as the ultimate symbol of the tool as art.
Approximately 200 beautifully photographed planes illuminate, in full and rich color, the extraordinarily high level of craftsmanship involved in the planes’ fabrication, showing in clear and close-up detail inlays of silver, bone, ivory and rare woods. Rosebrook provides full descriptions of all of the planes contained in the book. Numerous one-of-a-kind examples are also highlighted and displayed. Super detail pictures are included, showing the characteristic features of specific makers. This book is the culmination of over two years of extensive research and serves as an excellent reference source for collectors and dealers, as well as industrial historians and curators! .
It features, among other things: Galleries of nuts and shoulder moldings for identification purposes; Special sections on the Greenfield Tool Company, the Ohio Tool Company and planemaking at the New York Auburn Prison; A special section ona modern planemaker and his work; Many interesting examples of craftsman-made planes; Finely detailed examples of the use of ivory tips, nuts and silver trim, and the use of woods such as rosewood, ebony and boxwood. For those interested in tool collecting or restoration, in industrial history or material culture, or for those who simply appreciate craftsmanship, innovation and beautiful design, this visual tour through a slice of American history will provide both invaluable information and immense satisfaction.
Making and Mastering Wood Planes
- David Finck.
The classic guide by master woodworker David Finck is back and better than ever, with all-new colour photography. It's the best book ever on this popular tool-and it features a foreword by the celebrated woodworker James Krenov. Small and extremely comfortable to use, wooden hand planes bring machined surfaces to an alluring, silky smoothness-but they can't be bought anywhere. Fortunately, this meticulously complete, photo-packed guide is like two volumes in one, teaching you how to make a classic plane yourself (it takes only a day or so) and how to use it in a refined manner. One of the most respected woodworkers around digs deeply into the art of crafting and working with this personalized tool, helping even the most uninitiated with dozens of detailed boxed sidebars on the basics. Every step in the construction process receives extremely close attention: preparing the plane blank, bandsaw pointers, drift angle, tension, tuning and using hand tools, sharpening with ease speed, and reliability, cross pin location, and gluing up. Handle the plane well to get a good stroke going; and take a look at invaluable planning aids and special techniques. There's no other manual on the market to match this woodworking masterpiece..
Making Traditional Wooden
Planes - John Whelan.
A chapter each on 20 different types of planes and spokeshaves. Clear instructions are laid out with line drawings to enable the would-be planemaker to produce a plane to the standard of the photograph of each type shown in the book. Plans for bench planes, bullnose, stop chamfer, spill, various plough planes (including screw-arm), hollows and rounds, astragal, Grecian ogee, dado, fillister, crown moulder and a spokeshave. Also chapters on alternative methods of planemaking, making plane irons, and the tuning and using of wooden planes.
ISBN 1879335697, 280 x 215 mm. 128 pp. Illustrated throughout with line drawings and photographs. Paperback
Working with Handplanes (New
Best of Fine Woodworking).
A collection of articles about using handplanes features step-by-step instructions for completing a wide range of woodworking projects while presenting the basics of handplane use.
Fine Woodworking on Planes
Twenty-nine articles about the most important tools in the workshop are presented in this text, including edge tools that cut, shape and finish the wood. Expert craftsmen explain how they choose, sharpen and use almost every kind of plane and chisel.
Sharpening - Jim Kingshott.
Without proper sharpening equipment and the knowledge of how to use it, no woodworker can hope to operate successfully for long. The author, a professional cabinetmaker, has written a guide to a fundamental, often controversial, aspect of woodworking. It includes a thorough examination of the grindstone, how to use it, how to dress it, and what abrasives to use. The author then looks at honing, the range of stones on offer, maintenance, lubricants and the diamond sharpening systems.