Hey Everyone, it’s been a while… oh well. I just thought I’d share this with you.
I would consider myself primarily a power tool user. My experience with handplanes has been limited to breaking or rounding over the odd edge with a block plane, anything more would be met with absolute disaster. That is, until this past weekend.
I was all ready to start jointing about 30 feet of rough maple when the unthinkable happened, the switch on my jointer snapped. After an initial breakdown I collected myself and focused on a solution. A while back, I remembered reading about using a thickness planner, a sled and shims to plane the face of boards wider than your jointer. This worked out pretty well but there’s still the crooked edge to tend with. I just needed to get one edge flat enough to safely run through my table saw. So out came the handplanes. All I have are two old wooden planes from my grandfather and a block plane, none of which I’ve had any luck with… the tools fault OBVIOUSLY! But I had no other option so I went to work. I started with the smaller wooded plane and took down the high spots. Then I switched to the other wood plane which I guess would be a jointer plane. This one was super awkward because of it’s size, it’s a good thing squareness wasn’t an issue, just flatness. This plane seemed to undo all of the work that the smaller plane did but I kept going despite my reluctancy. To my absolute surprise the board was pretty flat after about seven or eight good passes! I have to admit, it was fun, a lot of work, but fun… and satisfying.
Anyways, I know this all sounds very obvious and simple but I made some pretty huge messes with handplanes before so this one felt good and who would’ve thought, it wasn’t the tools fault… it was mine!
Thanks for listening.