Really getting into this plane thing. But I must admit, all of the articles and books I’ve read no one has told me some of these things—- so for those other uninitiated out there:
1) Not only are hand planes quieter than an electric planer—my dog won’t run away with fright.
2) When I can’t get a paper pattern off of the front of a bandsaw box – the block plane makes very quick, clean work of it. No longer will I sand myself silly or berate myself for using a touch to much – removable adhesive spray. Of course, I imagine that paper will dull the blade faster than plain wood—- but who cares—- I’m learning to sharpen.
3) I won’t miss a minute of the Cowboys game while planing. I also don’t have to turn the volume up so my brother in Fargo can hear it. (My neighbors really appreciate this one.)
4) I can do small jobs in my living room——- (I don’t suggest this for those who lives with anyone not as excited about your plane as you are.)
5) I don’t worry about hearing protection——I have some really nice ear muffs—- but I don’t like wearing them. (I never use my electric planer without them – so the hand plane is a big deal here.)
Some nice advantages I’d say.
-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine