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#1 posted 03-08-2013 04:29 AM

How about an example that addresses your question as to ‘why a hand plane?’

Say you want to build a small side table with tapered legs. If you’ve built one before, you may have a tapering sled, or jig, of some sort to use with the table saw (or even band saw) to cut the angle you want. And while that gets you close, it’s still over to the jointer, then the spindle sander or ROS to get each angled leg ‘done.’

With hand planes at your disposal, and a solid bench in which to hold the work, cut the leg angles ‘just kinda’ up to a line that’s you’ve drawn. Then clamp the legs in the bench and plane to the line. When you’ve hit the line, you’re done. No jigs, no jointer, no sanding. The first time you do this, you’ll be hooked. It’s incredibly simple. :-)

Hope this helps. Oh, and it’s the method used as I was goofing around with this table build in an afternoon.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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