With everything ready to go, I decided to try my hand at my Douglas Fir boards that need to be glued up. Again, I have never in my life held a plane let alone used one…so this was fun!
I actually learned pretty easily. The fact that my blade was ridiculously sharp helped alot. After adjusting the lateral and depth gauges, it was actually not difficult at all. Here is my first board:
Here’s a close-up. You can’t really tell, but the surface is like glass!
How thin were the shavings? I have no idea. I don’t have a digital caliper or micrometer…whatever is necessary to measure these thinner-than-paper shavings…but they are thin:
In about 10 minutes, I was able to give my boards the slight planing adjustments they needed for the top to be glued up properly. I have to say that I was stunned at how relatively easy this was considering how much I had heard that hand-planing is a very difficult thing to do. It certainly involves a lot of work…my arms got a good workout, but it wasn’t nearly as difficult as I had imagined.
So there you have it. In my short time doing woodworking, this has been by far the most rewarding thing that I have done. It feels great to be able to take some old tools and make them workable again. I can’t wait to go use these babies soon again. Having no experience doing this, and learning everything from library books, youtube videos and internet blogs, I can honestly say that if I can do this anyone can!
-- Making mistakes is essential in learning woodworking.