I spent a good portion of the day hand cutting mortises in the face frames for my daughter’s cabinets. I only had a chisel that I purchased at the HD and it was a disaster. Noting came out right.
So to make myself happy and to get something accomplished today I reassembled my hand planes and tried them out by flattening a 5/4 piece of poplar. It was my first time doing this, and despite the fact that I did not sharpen the planes, the results were pretty good.
Here are the Planes
5 were cleaned up this weekend. Take a look at my previous posts to see how they looked before I cleaned them. The #7 came out really nice (in the middle). It is around 85 years old and was in pretty rough shape.
Here is the Board I Flattened
Again, for my first time I don’t think that I did that bad. After reading Christopher Schwarz’s workbench book I now understand the value of a good workbench. The workmate is just way too low and way to light to easily use.
For my first time using hand planes I am getting some nice shavings, or at least I think that I am.