This afternoon there was a comment by
Trent in a thread about planes. He said that he rarely needs one because
some combination of power tools could solve most any problem. I don't deny
this . . . . but . . . . .
I'm building two small sleighs for decorations. My wife had one but it was
damage and she asked me to make a new one. Of course, I'm making it from
thicker material (1/4" plywood) and I used the old parts as templates. I
assembled the "base" that consists of a flat platform and the runners. Next
was to assemble the top portion, two sides and a front and back panels.
Now you sit the top section over the platform. Well, you do if you allowed
for the thicker material on the panels, otherwise you just say some nasty
OK, how to fix. Router? No way! Too big and awkward for this job.
Tablesaw? Two passes would do in but not with the runners securely in
place. Bandsaw? Maybe the back, but not the sides. I could disassemble
the glued up runners and use either saw. Total time would be about 30
minutes. Things never look quite perfect one taken apart and re-glued
I could disassemble the top and cut new end pieces. Total time 30 to 40
Or, I could simply plane the sides and back. Total time was about 10
minutes. Very satisfying in the end. Just something about making them curly
While power tools can solve many problems, they are not always the "best"
solution or the fastest. I guess it just proves the old adage of "the right
tool for the job" I'm sure I'll always have a couple of planes in my tool