The Missing Shop Manual: Bench Planes delivers all the information you need to select and use planes—bringing Ernie Conover right into your shop in the process. It covers the same ground as his one-day class: Hand Plane Basics. In this 55 minute DVD he covers both wood and metal planes, with the emphasis on the latter. In addition to detailing the basics of setup, sharpening and adjusting (what Ernie calls tuning), this comprehensive video shows you innumerable tips and techniques, so you’ll get the most out of your planes.
You'll learn everything from working up rough-sawn boards, to planing end grain, to making and using shooting boxes—with plans for the shooting boxes in the Shop Manual. There are also sections devoted to the history of Spiers, Norris, Stanley/Bailey and Bedrock planes, with information on determining their date of manufacture. Even if you’ve been woodworking for years, you'll wish you had this Manual and DVD much sooner!