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#1 posted 04-30-2012 03:19 AM

yeah, actually I concur in a way because if you are doing
woodworking for joy it’s a lot more fun to do your surfacing
with planes and scrapers.

You know, a year or so ago I did this shelf job with walnut
vertical things and cantilevered maple shelves and I sanded
it from 80 to 150 grit with a Festool sander and it took
awhile. When I was done I was like “that was a pain hanging
onto that sander for all those parts” so I grabbed my Lie Nielson
4 with a decent sharp iron and surface a piece of walnut
scrap with it.

It was a real forehead slapping moment. I’d forgotten just
how fast hand planes can surface your wood if you know
how to sharpen the irons.

My guess is I would have got to finishing in half the time if
I’d used my planes and scrapers on that walnut instead of
the orbital.

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