These days I can’t afford to splurge on many of the things I want, but I still do some impulsive shopping when the money allows for it and the urge is upon me. I had forgotten that yesterday was a holiday for some institutions in our area, in my case the credit union I have my business accounts with. Fortunately, behind and above the credit union lies our Lowe’s hardware center. Sure. Why not? I needed a metal speed square, anyway.
I imagine that some of you shop much the same as I do, going in with a notion of what you want or need, but finding yourself needing to check other isles just in case you forgot something on your list. Yep. When I saw the planes I knew this was what I needed to deal with jointing and planing the edges and faces of all that pallet wood I have stored up. A power jointer and planer are purchases for a later time. This just made sense. Later today I hope to get the marble plates and sandpaper out to see if I can scary-sharp the blades on these. I’ll have to see if I can find a large, flat surface for the soles. I really can’t wait to make some curly shavings.
Did I get the speed square, you ask? Nope. I forgot about it in the excitement. Next time. There will always be that.
-- -- Paul Bucalo, Upstate NY USA