it’s been a while since I’ve been here but a lot has happened. After all my thought process and decisions to go ‘power’, I’m now leaning back towards just hand tools. I got the 15” planer I was looking into and have used it a few times, along with the 6” Jointer and TS. Man those things create a lot of wood chips and dust! Which is one of the reasons I’m leaning back. I don’t have a dust collection system and don’t really want one either. They’re darn noisy too, and with the shop in my basement, my wife thinks the TV volume should be used to drown out the power tools! I moved to the country for quiet!
Anyway, I purchased a LV Bevel-Up Low-Angle Jack Plane a while ago and absolutely love using it. It’s quiet, tactile and hearing the ‘swoosh’ as it crisply shaves of beautiful curls of shavings is what drew me to woodworking in the first place. I’m currently building a small side table for the patio and have been using only hand-tools. It’s challenging, which I also like, and very satisfying when a joint actually fits together! Yah it’s taking me longer, but I’m not in a hurry anymore. I’m not building for a client and high volume production isn’t a factor either.
So my next step is to purchase some hand-saws to replace my table-saw. I’ve been reading plenty and starting to untangle the confusion of saw terms, tpi, ppi, rake, etc. Since I have a Lee Valley an hour away, I’ve pretty much decided on a Wenzloff Large Tenon Saw (rip) as my first purchase, followed shortly, I hope, by the Small Tenon Saw (crosscut).
There’s so many good saws to choose from, but the close proximity of the store and reports I’ve read on the Wenzloffs seem to make it a good choice.
After that, it’s practice practice practice!
-- Mike Guilbault, Penetanguishene, Ontario