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David Craig

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#1 posted 10-07-2010 09:05 PM

It depends on the project and the stage of it. I am rather new to planing myself. I have used the block planes frequently, the smoothing plane is new. Basic strategy will depend on the project. Some items best to have prepped before assembly, some afterwards, sometimes a little of both. You are right that project parts need to be uniform, but even sanding will cause differences in thickness and width. I just think of all tools as assets to the arsenal and try not to limit myself to one type or the other. Hand tools require practice though, and I have performed some items with strictly hand tools just to become familiar with them.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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