I thought some of you would enjoy this discussion I had at a garage sale. The
sellers husband collected planes, and had some of the extras for sale. None of
them were needed by me so I told the owner my wife would be proud of me for not
buying any. Some other person then stated that hand planes were worthless,
that he had a power planer and that worked much better than any plane. I
explained that I thought there is still a lot of uses for planes especially in
furniture making, and he proceeded to tell me that he makes a lot of furniture
and he only uses his power plane. So knowing it didn't make much sense to
argue with his closed mind, I just chuckled to myself and walked away. I am a
big tool junkie, power and hand, but I know there are lots of times and places
to use these fine tools. Just thought you would enjoy my exchange!
I went to an estate sale today, and purchased a number 8 Stanley in pretty good
condition for $45.00. Not a steel by any means, but I didn't have one (except
for 8 C). I talked with the person selling the tools, and he asked what I was
going to use it for, and I told him the "power planer" story. He said he
didn't want it, but he could appreciate the uses for it. Not I have another
tool to tune up. BTW, I also scored a Keen Kutter level in good shape but
dirty for $3.00.
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