Make your own planes that are better than any you could buy. Shop-crafted wooden versions accommodate extra-thick blades of superior tool steel that stay sharp longer. They can have the smallest possible throat opening, greatly enhancing the tools performance on figured woods. And they can be designed to fit your hand comfortably these shapes can be held several ways, which is helpful for different tasks. The first plane should take only a day and a half to complete; with practice, turning one out will take only a few hours. Then follow advice on proper techniques and see what a great effect it has on the quality of your work. Bonus: essential information on cabinet scrapers and sharpening and tuning techniques.