Yep, that’s the title. You can do all of that with those little things? Wow!
Based on recommendations from all the good, helpful, folks and friends I’ve met here on LJ, I picked up the Garret Hack book, “Hand Planes”. There is a section in there on these wonderful little things. After a lengthy thread in the forums and several sharpening/using type videos, I was ready.
I stopped by my local Woodcraft and picked up the Lie-Nielson set. It came with two scrapers (a thick and a thin). When I got home, I went straight to the shop and found a rough cut piece of cherry. Well, frustration immediately ensued. I was thinking there has to be an art form to these things. True be told, there is a trick but it’s a strick you can learn in about 15 minutes. By varying the angle at which I presented the edge to the surface, I was able to find ‘my groove’ and start making thin ‘see through’ shavings. It only took about 15 minutes to get the small board flat and polished. No sandpaper necessary! Yes, they are that cool!
If you don’t have any of these in your toolbox, get some. You can burnish them with any round rod. Like a turning tool shaft, screwdriver, burnisher, etc. The only other things you’ll need are some sandpaper, a flat surface, and upper arms that are slightly stronger than my 8 year old daughters! It’s one of the best $5-15 dollar purchases you can make.
Here is a picture of my first attempt. Thanks to all the LJ’s who now have me addicted to hand tools! ha