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Forum topic by bbasiaga posted 07-11-2016 01:13 AM 1053 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-11-2016 01:13 AM

OK, so I know this is very basic for a lot of you but I’m still proud of what I did tonight.

I am making a TV stand and it has a plywood shelf that also acts as a cross support. The way things came together, the opening for it was out of square a hair, and I needed to taper the the sheet about 1/16” to get it to fit easily. I was able to mark the taper and plane to the line with my jointer plane – a plane which I restored to working order myself even.

As a life long power tool guy, I am just starting to get a hang of the hand plane thing. And honestly, without it i would have had to break out the sander and would have had a lot harder time controlling what I was doing. Pretty stoked that I pulled it off.

And yeah, yeah, I know I wouldn’t have had to do anything if I’d gotten it more square to start. No one is perfect… :)


-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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#1 posted 07-11-2016 01:47 AM

Congrats Brian sure is gratifying using a plane you restored to finesse in a shelf . Keep

doing the good work!

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#2 posted 07-11-2016 09:55 AM

Think of the possibilities!

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#3 posted 07-11-2016 11:33 AM

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O.K. so that was a bit cheesy, but congrats. You have taken your first step and it will start to be more fun and you will reach for the hand tools to solve little problems as you build confidence in working with them. Have fun woodworking! ;)

-- Brian Noel

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#4 posted 07-11-2016 01:17 PM

“We don’t make mistakes here, just happy accidents.”
-Bob Ross

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#5 posted 07-11-2016 01:29 PM

Welcome to ww’ing!

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#6 posted 07-11-2016 01:44 PM

Welcome to the next level of the craft. Trying is the first step in doing.

-- Doubt kills more dreams than failure.

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#7 posted 07-11-2016 01:57 PM

All woodworkers have those challenges, not mistakes ;-) The better ones are able to overcome and still turn out a good project. Glad to hear you are progressing with both the woodworking and the hand tools.

-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#8 posted 07-12-2016 03:58 PM

I can only think of a few projects where I was test fitting things and did not have to grab a plane to get final thickness/dimension on something. Honestly with wood movement (I know you used plywood so it’s not as prevalent) I just plan for final adjustments when I piece my projects together.

Good job, hand tool work is definitely gratifying. I use power tools at times but depending on what I am building and when it needs to be done I prefer taking my time with the hand tools. Less noise, less dust, and a bit of zen thrown in. Not sure why it relaxes me but something about sitting at my bench, throwing on some tunes and creating something with my hands takes away the stress of the day job and teenage kids I have and my kids are pretty dang good too. Way better than I ever was.

I’ve restored about 7 or 8 old Stanley planes. All are over 100 years old and all work great. I do have the Veritas router plane which I got for inlay and I needed a router plane. I am also considering the Veritas low angle smoother for my shooting board because it’s cheaper than a Stanley 62. Otherwise I encourage you to keep on the old plane revival.


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