|Project by Tricorn||posted 03-14-2016 02:19 AM||834 views||0 times favorited||12 comments|
As a budding woodworker wading into the world of hand tools, I determined that the most appropriate first project would be to square and dimension a piece of rough lumber. I spent some time thinking about how I could end up with more than a square board that would land in the scrap pile, and then it came to me. I would dimension a piece of lumber to 1:4:9. Some of you may see where this is going.
I acquired a rough piece of oak and set to work with my saws, hand planes, marking gauge, and Graphgear 1000 to arrive at a board .75” x 3” x 6.75.” I had a few false starts. On one occasion, I planed past the width in attempting to square the edge to the face. On another occasion, I created a near perfect square / parallel second edge only to find that I had set my marking gauge at 2.875” rather than 3.” I almost threw in the towel. The third time was a charm. Several coats of flat black paint later, the Tycho Sawdust Anomaly – 1 materialized, and my hand tool skills had evolved exponentially. But then, what else did you expect.
- I have planed end grain. I got this out of my system. Never again.
- While I was impressed with the Stanley Sweetheart 60 1/2 block plane, the lesser (but neither poor nor mediocre) quality of the tool became apparent when I compared it to my Veritas LA jack. The machining of the body was terrific; however, the quality of the iron and the tolerances of the adjustment mechanisms were markedly worse. The Lie Nielson block, which I upgraded to, is worth the extra $65.