Hand Tools #2: Wow, hand planes are addictive!

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Blog entry by MikeGCNY posted 04-04-2011 03:32 AM 1280 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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.

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#1 posted 04-04-2011 04:02 AM

Good stuff. Most all of us are plane addicts. I chip carve at the office less mess and a smaller tool set. A small piece of basswood and a knife. Whittling is fun to. We do have P A meetings here. (Planes Anonymous) Just repeat after me, Hello my name is __and I am not a collector.
It gets worse…...

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#2 posted 04-04-2011 04:09 AM

And another one begins his trip to the dark side.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#3 posted 04-04-2011 04:51 AM

I couldn’t agree more. I’ve said it before, hand planing is therapeutic.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 04-04-2011 08:15 AM

Don’t buy anything from Lee Valley or Lie Nielsen…you will want to sell your children for more planes :)

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#5 posted 04-04-2011 08:45 AM

Yep – hand planes are definitely my favorite way of making boards smaller.

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#6 posted 04-04-2011 02:34 PM

Welcome to the world of tranquility. The feel and sight of a nice thin ,curly shaving !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#7 posted 04-04-2011 09:31 PM

welcome to the slippery slope of the handtool lane :-)
and before you know it there is second virus you shuold be aware of
and it will turn you into be a Rhykenologist 24/7 year round
and none of these two deseace can there be found a cure for

sorry but there is no way back now ….. may the force be with you
in this onknown journey

take care

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#8 posted 04-04-2011 09:43 PM

I hope not, Mike! I plane for about 20 hours a week with about 50 planes and I haven’t experienced any problem with addiction. :)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#9 posted 04-05-2011 03:34 AM

Wait until you find yourself making an 8 foot long rip cut in 1.25” walnut in a 110 degree shop. That’s an addict moment.

I’ve considered making some sort of Japanese beam style bench so I could build small projects during lunch-breaks. I would be concerned about wood movement due to the temperatures in my car though.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#10 posted 04-05-2011 09:30 PM

Yip, you are a an addict! Welcome to the wonderful world of rhykenology! Just wait, first of a few will turn into another of many!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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