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While at the College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking Program studying with James Krenov I learned how to make hand planes . He made countless fine hand planes over the years and often said they changed his life.

Using a wooden hand plane feels quite different that using a metal plane. The wood on wood action lightly burnishes the wood as you plane creating a very pleasant effect. These planes are also much lighter and can help avoid hand cramping and fatigue.

You will need  a solera and a back work board to making a guitar. Neither of these surfaces is flat.  So it helps to have a compass plane. With this plane scooping out and smoothing the dished work boards becomes much easier. Unfortunately compass planes are not readily available in woodworking supply stores. Thats why I have produced a dvd on how to make Krenov style wooden hand planes, and offer the kits as well.

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Learn to Make Krenov Style Wooden Hand Planes

Making Wooden Hand Planes DVDThe guitar’s top and back are not flat but domed. Hence the surfaces of  the work boards used to construct these parts must be dished to a specified radius. This can be done quickly and easily with a compass plane. I used a compass plane in the book and video to do this.

You cannot easily find these planes readily available and if you can they are very expensive. These planes are easy to make however so I later produced the video “Making Hand Planes” showing how you can easily make both a compass plane and a bench plane for building your guitar.

Plane Making Kits

Wooden Hand Plane KitsJ.S. Bogdanovich Guitars offers separate plane making kits for both a bench plane and a compass plane as well as a complete plane making kit which includes both plane kits and the dvd.You don’t have to scrounge up the materials to make your planes.The plane kits contain everything you need to get started building your planes following right along with the DVD.  Kits include wood, blades and drawings.

This is a project for any skill level and can be completed in a weekend. It can be very rewarding to work with a plane that you have created yourself. Wooden planes are lighter so they are easier on the hands. The wood on wood action also creates a burnishing effect on the wood leaving a great looking surface.

Check out the plane making kits in the store…

Plane Blade & Breaker Assemblies

Blades for Krenov style wooden hand planesThe blade and breaker assembly for the compass plane and the bench plane are custom made for us by Ron Hock. The blades and breakers have been designed for use in the Krenov style wooden hand planes I use in my shop. They are the finest quality blade and breaker assembly available.

These blades are made of high quality high carbon steel to hold an edge longer, yet are not difficult to sharpen. Both the blades and breakers require some preparation before use. This preparation is explained in detail on the Plane Making DVD and see how to sharpen your tools in the tools and basic skills section on the site.

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  • The Classical Guitar Making Advanced Level Master Kit contains everything you need to get started right away building your guitar right along with the DVD. Key elements like the templates, molds and solera kit as well as some of the tools have been made on a CNC machine for ultimate accuracy – and  have all been designed to work together.

    If you  already have some woodworking or guitar building experience, this kit is for you.

    Save over $150 Purchasing as a Kit!

  • The circle cutting router attachment is used to inlay guitar rosettes and create circular patches. This attachment can be used with any laminate trimming router (Rigid R2400 Laminate trimming router is recommended). This luthier tool is made of high quality clear acrylic and is fully adjustable to accommodate just about any size rosette, sound hole and rosette patch.

  • The award winning guitar making 10-DVD series demonstrates the construction of a concert quality classical guitar from start to finish. The entire guitar building process is clearly explained and shown in stunning visual detail. Drawings for the guitar as well as many of the jigs and fixtures used in throughout the video are included as PDFs on disc 10.

  • The Buzz-Off® fret leveling kit is used to fix fret buzz caused by high frets. The kit is easy to use, anyone can do it. Popular with guitar players as well as guitar builders and guitar repair personnel  the kit is used to find the cause, level, crown frets and polish frets for an optimal set up. Quickly level and crown frets without nasty file scratches. Then dress frets to a nice shine. Everything you need is included.