|Forum topic by Dallas||posted 747 days ago||965 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
747 days ago
I want to see if others have had the same experience discovering basic truths about hand tool woodworking. Here’s the list of things that I discovered about the hobby that I never thought about before:
1) There is a difference between sharp and DIFFERENCE-MAKING sharp.
I knew I’d have to sharpen and sharpen well, but I never expected there to be a performance difference between a marginally sharp chisel and a wicked mirrored-edge sharp chisel. The more you practice, the more sorta sharp is easy to achieve. It’s DIFFERENCE-MAKING sharp that takes effort and precision.
2) You shape wood much more than you cut or chop it.
Getting things to length and boring/chiseling holes are just part of the equation. A surprisingly small part. I expect the better you cut and chop, the less shaping involved.
3) That ain’t square. This is square.
Until you pull out a try square and winding sticks, you really have no idea why your pieces are not mating properly. If it looks flat, it’s probably “sorta flat.” How much time do you spend finessing pieces to get them to play nice with one another?
4) It’s as much about hiding the flaws properly as perfection.
I discovered this the first time I plugged sawdust in a dovetail that didn’t fit so hot. I wonder how many “non-planned” mouldings cover dings and misplaced nail marks?
5) You don’t really discover the tools you need from catalogs or forums. Projects beget tools.
What did you discover along the way that turned out to be important?
-- If a tree falls in the neighbor's woods, and no one is there to hear it...can you take it home, mill it and turn it into a coffee table without your neighbor making a sound?