Mine was about 7 years ago, I still wasn’t doing anything woodworking like, and we had moved to a new apartment where the bathroom door wouldn’t close since it was too tall and would hit the jamb (well- actually we mounted one of those over-the-door-hanger thingies which made things that way) so, my wife suggested we get a handplane to fit the door to the (now lower) opening.
I have never worked with a handplane before , and the closest thing I’ve ever held in my hand was a handplane-style rasp which works much differently then a handplane.
we stopped at home depot, and picked the larger of the 2 buck-bros handplanes they had (now that I know better – it’s a no.5 jack plane). we went home, got the thing out of the box, I looked at the illustrations on the included pamplet, made sure that things were in the right place as much as I could figure out how it’s all supposed to go… and started working on the door …. yeah – just like that – out of the box.
yes. it was extremely hard to take off that 1/16” off the top of the door, I was working for at least an hour, and was sweating a couple of pounds off…. by the end of it – the top of the door looked like it was mauled by a stray hound. but it did close – mission accomplished.
this experience just came to mind as I fine tuned that buck-bros jack I still have last week after reading Garrett Hack's Handplanes book. in comparison to my other stanley it is a much lower grade in materials and construction, but after tuning it – it slices wood nice and easy, and produces beautiful shavings.
that door that took me an hour to maul, would have probably taken me 5 minutes today, and it would have ended up with a nice flat and clean edge….
The mild differences a bit of knowledge can do huh?
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