|Project by Brett||posted 07-22-2011 08:09 PM||3056 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
I decided to refurbish an old garden bench that was falling apart. I repainted the iron end pieces and replaced the wood with some white oak purchased at the lumberyard. I used my table saw to cut the boards to rough dimensions, and my old Stanley hand planes to size and smooth them. (I would have used hand saws to cut the boards, but my saws are not sharp yet and I haven’t finished my saw benches).
After I finished, I realized that this was an ideal project for a beginning hand tool woodworker (like me). It requires some effort to cut and plane the boards, but not so much that it feels overwhelming. Also, since the boards do not touch each other. it doesn’t matter if one board is a little thicker than another, or if the widths are not perfectly consistent. I got some good experience jointing the edges, smoothing the faces, and rounding the edges with bench planes, as well as cutting chamfers with a block plane.
In other words, I got a lot of practice using hand tools but I didn’t have to do things perfectly to produce a nice result.
-- More tools, fewer machines.