|Forum topic by MattinCincy||posted 10-05-2010 06:52 PM||1451 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
10-05-2010 06:52 PM
This past weekend I bought my first real plane – a Tiawanese style pull plane – which I absolutely love. After setting it up and honing the blade, I began making these beautiful wispy thin shavings from some scrap wood I had lying around. Before I knew it, I was standing ankle deep in the stuff and the wood I had started with was noticably smaller. “Wow! This is great” I thought. But now what? I began to think about what I would do with such a plane that would help me in my woodworking. Although I have yet to post any projects (I’m working on that, I promise!) I consider myself a fairly accomplished woodworker and DIYer. I build furniture and decorative boxes mostly, and I started thinking about when in the process of building would I use a hand plane. Regardless of what I’m making, the process is usually similar; prep stock with jointer, planer, table saw, cut joints, assemble, sand and finish. (this is obviously a gross oversimplification, but you get the idea). I don’t need a plane for any of the stock prep work, because frankly, my jointer makes quick work of flattening and squaring stock, and the planer creates uniformity in thickness that I could never match with a plane.
I can see where planes can help when fine tuning joinery, especially a shoulder plane, and I have heard many people say that they don’t sand at all and rely solely on the planed surface as the basis for finishing, but if that’s the case, how would you accomplish something like that on say, a frame and panel door? The panel isn’t a big deal – plane that before assembly – but the frame would need planed after assembly and you would have to deal with a cross grain situation.
Sorry for being long winded, but i wanted to be thorough in my question. For me, although I love making shavings, hand planing just doesn’t make a whole lotta sense – what am I missing?
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