Last week I received the first of a few hand planes that I purchased off of eBay. I quickly took it down into my shop, clamped a piece of 1×8 pine into my Workmate, and planed until there was just about 1 inch left. The sound, the smell, the feel and the site of the shavings exiting the plane—totally addicting.
It is so addicting and relaxing that I am trying to figure out a way to use and hand plane in my office. Honest, I’m not kidding. Whenever things get too stressful—hand plane; when I am on a conference call that is going nowhere—hand plane; when I read a bad email—hand plane. I don’t think that the cleaning staff would find it that relaxing though, and knowing New York City I probably would need some type of work permit.
My 4 year old daughter has been making lots of art projects with the shavings. She probably used up about a quart of Titebond this weekend alone. I give here a couple of plywood scraps, and she glues the shavings to them.