Ewwww ... I don't like the sound of that.
The worst I've ever done was to take a divot out of my finger when
using my Record 044 (cute little plough plane, Jeff). I inadvertantly
shifted my grip when steadying the plane and the next thing I knew I
had made solid contact with the exposed iron. (And the irons on those
planes are *totally* exposed.)
As O'Deen says, even I am smart enough to figure out when I'm
cutting myself with a chisel or saw and stop before I amputate a limb.
Our local PBS has them in the reverse order - Norm then Roy. But, that's neither here
I've got the tailed toys, too. But, also a pretty good set of the manual cutting
tools as well. I've found that I enjoy the journey
in woodworking as much and maybe more than arriving at the destination. Using hand
tools gives me more time to enjoy that journey.
Running a board through the planer a few times is too noisy, messy, and is over too
soon. (No wise cracks!) There is something
almost erotic in the sound, smell, and feel of shaping a piece of wood with a sharp
hand tool, whether it be plane, chisel, saw, or
We all remain in this avocation because of the pleasure it gives us. It matters not
whether you use electrically powered or muscle
powered tools. All that matters is what you take with you when you leave the shop, It
may be a completed project that will never be
part of a museum's collection (or maybe it will), or it may simply be the pleasure of
Nothing to be ashamed of. Tools is tools. Use whatever gives the results that pleases
you most. Would you like to bet that the
woodworker of yore would not have let his planes gather dust while he made heavy use
of an electrically powered jointer and planer
had they been available?
Wichita, KS USA
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