My first shavings

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Blog entry by Siegel_KenEvil posted 11-03-2010 01:24 PM 1391 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a long process. I took my #3 hand-me-down plane to a free hand plane tune-up class at Woodcraft. As I was being educated, I realized I was missing the lever cap. Mentioning this to the fellas at work, a co-worker gave me his old planes.

At the same time, I was working with the great people at DMT. DMT is a great company. The helped me get an affordable complete set and also threw in some demo stones.

I finally finished cleaning up and tuning up a Victor #4 and made my first passes on a 2×4. Very rewarding!

-- Scott

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David Craig

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#1 posted 11-03-2010 01:51 PM

I had recently gotten into hand planes myself. I always wondered what the big deal was. After you learn to tune one yourself and you look at the board after the first couple shavings, it isn’t hard to figure out why. Congrats on the new adventure.


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#2 posted 11-03-2010 03:57 PM

You will start to find more and more reasons to use your hand plane. Enjoy.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 11-03-2010 04:23 PM

Good to hear you STARTED. Enjoy looking for things to plane .

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#4 posted 11-03-2010 06:37 PM

Hand planes are what I use all the time. For two reasons I don’t yet have a planer or joiner. The other is when a board is less then two feet it is easer to hand plane. You will fine you will have to become good at sharping & “turning” up your plan this will come in time. Don’t give up I took me two years of “playing” with mind :) to become good ( still learning )!!

-- Chris, Fernie, BC

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#5 posted 11-03-2010 08:18 PM

You never forget your first shaving. Congratulations. Hand on to that #3 and you can always find lever caps or other beater planes to swap in the cap. The #4 gets a lot of press as the all around smoothing plane, but I find myself grabbing for a restored #3 a lot. The smaller footprint is nice for most furniture pieces. Plus like yours it is a hand me down and it does hold a little sentimental value.

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#6 posted 11-04-2010 01:03 AM

congrat´s better enjoy it
now you are hooked for the rest of your life :—))


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#7 posted 11-04-2010 12:35 PM

Thanks everyone, I’ve got a #3 and a low angle block plane to clean up. I believe learning to use these properly will take my projects up a notch and cut down on saw dust.

-- Scott

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#8 posted 11-04-2010 08:10 PM

that is what most of the majority find out when they try it :-)
and if you add a few different handscrabers + stanley´s scraberplane (or another brand) and
the heavy scraberplane from Veritas (that shuold cover it) then you will discover that
you nearly wont have to by sandpaper again = no Dust ….LOL


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