Only did about two and half hours today which meant I got the dovetails and all the mortises for the slat done. Is this time about right for hand tool work? Love to know if it is as I felt I could have done better.
Another thing that i,ve discovered since I started doing hand tool work is the importance we place on the handplane seems to be a little overdone. My previous postings show piles of shaving that have come from out of the box Stanleys but in these simple projects once the initial work is finished they go back in the box as their job is done. The more important work of joint cutting now begins and for this the quality of the saws and chisels become all important. If you can,t work to your marked lines cleanly and accurately then all the effort you just spent planning your stock is wasted. My budget saws very quickly showed up their limitations and these will be the first to go when cash allows. Not being able to cut to a line means leaving a lot of waste that then has to be pared away with a chisel if I wanted any thing like an accurate joint, costing sweat and time. The chisels I have, also Stanleys, are actually reasonably good but they too will be replaced before I even think of ditching the Stanley planes for something better. Obviously good handplanes are important but for a Handtool newbie like me a good saw and chisel set will take me further for less. Just my thoughts on this, any other opinions are most welcome.
-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand