The Handplane Book by Garrett Hack

You will find that while I use power tools extensively, I also have a solid collection of hand tools that I use regularly. Both have merit and I believe in using the best tools for the task at hand, cordless or not.

Garrett Hack's "The Handplane Book" was the foundation of my learning for handplanes, scratch stocks and beading tools. In this wide ranging book he covers the parts of the tools, the physics of cutting, how to restore old tools for use and offers up a fascinating catalog of hand planes both rare and common. Available new and used on Amazon and in a Kindle edition, it belongs in every woodworker's library.