Lets face it. Most of the people I deal with are primarily a power tool person or hand tool person. There is that rare breed that toggles between the two with little effort but I’m not one of um. I admit to being a power tool junkie. I just never saw the need for a huge selection of numbers of planes whose numbers escape my little mind. Naturally I do have a block plane, a rabbit plane and a scraper I picked up in Germany. I am in the middle of making a coffee grinder for my sisters birth day. I decided the top needed a little Asian flare and I removed too much for the top to sit flush with the sides….what to do? Here it is 4:00 AM on a Sunday morning and I’m sure the neighbors would have fun burning down my house if I fired up the sander, planer or the joiner. I clamped the little piece of 7X7 inch African mahogany on the bench and went at it with the old jack. How sweet, the shavings and curulies that came off that were beautiful and the only sound was the shhhk of the plane, feeling empowered, I angled the blade to a little more than 40 deg. and went at it cross grain, again , no muss, no fuss. I cleaned up the mess and had a fine fit in under 45 minutes. I am suitably impressed and sincerely apologize for any belaboring I have given hand tools in the past.
My hat is off to those that work the wood by hand.
Doug in AZ.
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