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Forum topic by MaroonGoon posted 03-02-2013 03:57 AM 890 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-02-2013 03:57 AM

Hey everyone,
Most of you may know that Don and Dan generously donated a block plane and #5 plane to me to help me get started with hand tools and my new woodworking hobby! I wanted to wait to post this until I received both planes and created some shavings using the both of them, so here we go!

I received the #5 in the mail on Tuesday from Dan and was able to scrounge up an old 2×4 that I had under some junk to test it with! It took me a little bit to understand how to even operate it (silly as that may sound, it is my first plane haha) but once I got the hang of it I was making some nice shavings in no time! I can’t wait to use it on an actual project. Right now I am close to completing my first workbench so hopefully I will soon embark on an end table I’ve been thinking about and I can use it then :)

I got the block plane from Don in the mail yesterday evening when I got home and again it took me a while to put it together since I am such a plane newbie haha I went out to my shop after work this evening and tested it out on another 2×4 and it made shavings like a charm!

Dan recommended the book “Hand Tool Essentials” from Popular Woodworking it I was happy to find it came in the mail today so I wonder what I will be doing the rest of the night?? hmmm.. Anyways, I look forward to the read and learning more about hand tools, especially correct sharpening procedures so I can start using more hand tools while being able to keep them sharp and clean.

I want to thank both you both again, Don and Dan, for your generosity in the giving of these planes and you can be assured that they will be well used and well taken care of :)

-- "Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone." -- Pablo Picasso

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#1 posted 03-02-2013 04:03 AM

Dan and Don are both good guys, those planes have mojo.

You have two good planes to start with, good luck on your hand tool journey.

-- Mike.... West Virginia. "Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.". T Carlyle

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#2 posted 03-02-2013 04:03 AM

Congrats on the planes. Hope you enjoy them.

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#3 posted 03-02-2013 04:11 AM

Cool man. It’s a good ol union. Now start feeding your brain;-)

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#4 posted 03-02-2013 05:19 AM

Congrats on the intro to hand planes. I remember my first really fine shavings… Magic.

How are you going to maintain a sharp edge on the blades? From your story I assume you are a no budget kind of guy. I would look at the scary sharp method of sharpening. It is a great intro system on a budget! Some people say you need thick plate glass or some thing similar like a table saw, but a granite tile from home depot or something similar is only a few bucks and is quite flat!.

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#5 posted 03-02-2013 05:43 AM

Congrats on those planes. That Union #5 is a badass. I love the way it carries itself.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#6 posted 03-02-2013 05:51 AM

Thanks for the tip Deycart! I’ll definitely take your advice. You assumed right, money is kind of tight for me right now haha so I’m just getting tools as I can either afford or need them. Getting good at sharpening is one of my main focuses right now so I will probably be investing in such things before I decide to buy any good quality saws or planes or any other hand tools unless I just find a good deal I can’t pass up :) I’m investing in books right now so i can even know what to look for when shopping for hand tools. hopefully in the near future ill get a Veritas MKII jig when the next paycheck comes in!

-- "Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone." -- Pablo Picasso

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#7 posted 03-02-2013 07:07 AM

If I can make a recommendation. Try “The Complete Guide To Sharpening” by Leonard Lee. It has a lot of great info on sharpening anything you can think of.

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#8 posted 03-02-2013 12:38 PM

Its good to see some real shavings from those plane.

I use a cheap eclipse style jig that works well.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#9 posted 03-02-2013 12:40 PM

I just wanna add my Congrats. That was a GREAT thread … giving and Paying It Forward are FANTASTIC attributes around here

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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