I’m building the workbench from Paul Sellers’ book. I’m using hand tools out in the front yard, planing “whitewood” stud 2×4’s from the blue big box store. If you have ever seen Paul Sellers on youtube, it should look familiar.
I’m using a Stanley corrugated #4 that I purchased along with a Millers Falls #18 from a friend at work for $75. He tried to use them a couple times and couldn’t get them to make shavings. They were rusty and the blades were dull. He said they were sharp when he gave them to me. He also had the blades in the plane bevel up, which probably did not help. I lapped the planes on sand paper for about 12 hours to get them flat. The Stanley took me 8 hours. I sharpened the blades using the convex bevel, freehand method on diamond stones and strop. The planes will make wispy shavings now.
The saw is a Disston D-8 panel saw with 11 ppi. I bought at a flea market in Lewisburg, Pa for a dollar. It was still very sharp and looked like it was hardly ever used. It was jammed in an old wooden box in the corner of the building along with a couple other saws waiting to be revived. It was very rusty and I had to clean it up with sand paper and wd-40. It now works fantastic and It was a fabulous score.
I feel a lot of satisfaction using the hand tools and they are so much more relaxing. My daughter and wife were even able to have a conversation with me as I worked. I also don’t feel like I have to watch my fingers every second as I work.
I really enjoy hand tool woodworking and will keep you posted on the bench.