|Review by Mike Lingenfelter||posted 01-18-2008 05:10 AM||2172 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
This is the latest DVD I’ve purchased by Christopher Schwarz. The DVD covers a way of working with your tools, either hand tools or power. In his demonstrations on the DVD he uses hand tools, but I talks about where power tools can or should be used.
His approach of Course, Medium and Fine when it comes to: dimensioning lumber, cutting joints and shaping curves isn’t an earth shattering concept. Although I think most of us are guilty of skipping one of these steps at one time or the other. Skipping any of the steps will effect the amount of work you have to do, or the quality of your final finish.
When I was primarily using power tools, I was skipping the Medium step most of the time. This caused me to spend a lot time sanding (Fine). I just thought a lot of sanding was part of woodworking. If I had spent more time on Medium, my sanding time would have been less. As I started to use hand tools, I quickly learned there are different planes to do Course, Medium and Fine work. Trying to remove a lot material with a Smoothing Plane, only causes you to burn a lot of calories and wastes a lot time.
Overall, this is an excellent DVD and I recomend it to anyone who is starting out with hand tools.