Up until just recently, I viewed hand tools as inefficient and difficult. It was black magic to me, and I knew no-one who did carpentry with anything but power tools. With much research, I have started to collect the information and possibly the tools necessary to work my way into carpentry sans power!
So far I’ve got a small Stanley block plane (pictured), a Bailey no 5, a small dovetail saw with no credentials, and a buck brothers 1/2” chisel. I’ve sharpened the dovetail saw as best I can. Additionally, the block plane and chisel were sharpened to 2500 grit at a 30 degree bevel.
So tonight after much merriment and lots of listening to NPR, I completed my first Dovetail joint! I also used my block plane to flush up the proud pins and tails. It was so much fun, especially using a hand plane for the first time. It was extremely rewarding sharpening my own chisel and plane iron.
I plan on continuing to practice my dovetails with frequency, to get it down. I also want to track down some different types of vintage saws, a set of chisels, and I plan on making a few wooden block planes.
Thanks to all here on Lumberjocks for posting so much useful information on a huge variety of topics. This site has been, and will continue to be an irreplaceable resource.
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