I'm quite sure I'll never be a full-on Neander, but I gotta tell ya
that there is indeed great pleasure in working with a quality handtool.
Last night in the shop, sneaking up on fitting the flush-inset drawers
of my 1st project, it was greatly satisfying to use my 1st
To really sneak up on the fit, the curlies should be transparent
and have to be vacuumed off the ceiling.
You're on the slipper slope now.
You'll find neandering to be compatible with late night
woodworking - when quiet rules. The sound of a japanese
pull saw, the almost imperceptible noise a paring chisel
makes as it slices of a small shaving of wood, a shoulder
plane taking off just the skosh needed for the joint to
go together just so, a smoothing plane or scraper wooshing
over wood, leaving a shiny burnished surface behind.
In the calm of the night use a quiet and calming tool.
But when it's daylight and the noise level begins to
rise - kick on the dust collector and compressor
and fire up the table saw, miter saw, joiner and
(who wants thought all you needed was a cabinet
saw, a jointer and a planer - ok - and a router
or two - and a few clamps - ya gotta have clamps)
On 31 Mar 2005 10:18:36 -0800, "TheNewGuy"
Glad you're enjoying it. I have one that used to belong to my father
...and I'm old! I still use it all the time, along with a few others.
Keep it sharp and aligned, and always let the tool do the work.
Yup, while I was able to use it "right out the box," the next skill set
I need to acquire is sharpening! (A book each on hand planes and
sharpening are in the "basket" alongside that shoulder plane I
mentioned to Charlie above...)
On 6 Apr 2005 15:19:36 -0700, the inscrutable "TheNewGuy"
Wait until you buy a can of Johnson's Wax. The slope gets faster. ;)
Look for the book set "Hand Tool Classics" by Taunton. One book is
Garrett Hack's "The Handplane Book" and the other is his "Classic Hand
Tools." List price is $39.95, I got them as remainders from Hamilton
Books for $15 or so. (No, they're all gone, but look around.)
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