While books can often shortcut the process ... it ain't gonna work in this
Simply spend the money (subtract the cost of the book) to buy a good "low
angle block plane", then use it once and you will instinctively know more
than all that book learning can ever impart.
Thanks. And, I s'pose I agree. But one initial bit of info I need(ed) is
why a low angle block plane versus a smoother versus a whatever? (For that
matter, viaduct?) Many people post here asking, "What kind of X tool
should I buy?" w/o saying what they want to do. While my original post
included lots of requirements for a book/video, frankly I could start with
a good link to an article on planes -- types & functions. As you state, I
do expect that the real learnin' will start with tool in hand, as Onan
discovered. -- Igor
Well, just to get you excited, not the solution (pun intended) that you
seek, but good information.
Why a low-angle smoother? Because it works great on hard/soft/difficult
wood. Working some black ash with a lot of reversals today, and it's
working better than my favorite Stanley smoother. Using my LV Junior Jack
and the LN low angle afterward. On straighter grain, Stanley would do, but
I can work the low angle almost across the grain and get a shine. Also a
lot more hand room for the hand not otherwise occupied behind the LV design
smoother and LN low angle.
The low angle block plane, at least for me, has been an excellent ALL
purpose plane, easy to use and with many uses. In my limited experience with
planes of all types, I think it is a great first investment. I've used it
for many tasks, within reason, that you would use a specifically designed
plane for ... even to edge "jointing" smaller stock.
Now those more neander than I may have reservations and qualification based
on their experience ... but I am not long out of the same boat you find
yourself in as far a planes go and I am just giving you my singular judgment
in the matter.
I do have a number of planes ... if I were forced to rid myself of all but
one, that one would be the Veritas Low Angle Block Plane. My next plane
purchase will be a good "shoulder" plane for cleaning up of tenons
FWIW, YMMV, ITSFWI, et cetera ...
I thought of that during thinking of designing and building my workbench
and realized I will need to smooth the tennons, cut them slightly oversized
and then shape them to perfection, so, the one kind of wooden plane not
made currently are skew blade shoulder/rabbet planes, because you're cutting
across grain. There's always several on eBay at any one time. I bought a
few for around $10 each, as long as there was a long blade length included,
and in good enough condition to be tuned up, no cracks allowed. Just a
Ask and you shall receive..... This article talks about nearly every Stanley
plane made, and is a good guide in deciding what to buy (especially if you
buy a vintage plane and restore it). I hope this helps, I have only
recently begun to buy hand planes myself and after restoring a few vintage
ones to working condition I am quite happy with a quiet workshop.
You want to know what planes you would buy for whichever purpose??? Then
get that handplane book or ask that question directly as is.
BTW...incorrect on the "Onan thing" ha ha ha ... he disobayed God and "pulled out"
instead of getting her pregnant. Look it up.
Well, according to that great historian, The 2000 Year Old Man, Onan was
the greatest inventor of all time. He discovered himself. (Then again,
TTTYOM said that the greatest invention of all time is liquid Prell. Why?
Compared to the heart-lung machine? Because, if a heart-lung machine is in
your medicine cabinet and it falls out, it will break. (Take a beat.) But
not liquid Prell!)
Some Thoughts on the Science of Onanism
A speech delivered to the Stomach Club, a society of American writers and
artists, Paris, 1879, by Mark Twain
And, The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth
Edition. 2000. (They may have the order backwards.)
Or, for a more theologically based discussion (which sides with me), see
LIVING TRADITION, ORGAN OF THE ROMAN THEOLOGICAL FORUM. (Yes, "Organ".)
"But, as I hope to show, this [i.e., your] reading of Genesis has so little
to recommend it exegetically that one can only assume that its popularity
in recent decades is due mainly to the modern prejudices of theologians and
exegetes who see intrinsically sterile types of sexual activity as morally
unobjectionable in themselves (or even as necessary at times) - and who
therefore have a strong vested interest in minimizing whatever biblical
evidence there may be against these practices."
Clearly, you must be one of those darn exegetes. (Whatever that means.)
But seriously, thanks for laughing at the joke. And, I did not know about
the interruptus charge of the indictment, just that other thing, that Onan
preferred it in hand, not in bush. So, I learned sumtin today, for which I
thank you. -- Igor
Uh-huh...hhmmm...look... none of the speculation that people come up with in
any field can possibly change these two verses,
New American Standard Bible:
Then Judah said to Onan, "Go in to your brother's wife, and perform
your duty as a brother-in-law to her, and raise up offspring for your
Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so when he went in to
his brother's wife, he wasted his seed on the ground in order not to give
offspring to his brother.
As I originally meant to say...he didn't ********** such as too many non readers
do speculate. Nothing else works if it isn't there, only that which is there can work.
"Exegetes"? Exegetesis Exegetesist... http://www.hyperdictionary.com /
2nd Timothy 2:15
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to
be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.
And thank you! I am glad I learned that word. It is not my site but try that link down
below. You seem to have something of an interest, it has many translations, comm-
entaries, dictionaries, and a search engine. Also maps and great art and charts, 97%
On Mon, 31 Jan 2005 03:19:38 GMT, the inscrutable igor
Grab Jim Kingshott's pair of videos on plane use and care.
They're great! http://www.thebestthings.com/books/videos.htm
Prell be praised!
<heh heh heh>
See what abstinence DOES to folks? It's downright criminal.
<tsk tsk tsk>
Sounds like a painful rectal condition.
I'm turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so.
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I own the fine woodworking video on handplanes. It covers tuning and use of
four major handplane types. I've done a fair amount of reading, but I found
the video to be clearer and also quite practical. It seems to demystify
tuning and using handplanes.
Thanks all for the advice and suggestions. I ordered the FWW video since
Mike's Tools carries it and it has a good price and gets free shipping on
another order I was placing.
One more step towards the Neander side. I think the hair on my knuckles is
already getting thicker, but that should be kept in check by the sidewalk
scraping. -- Igor
Hate to tell you this, but you should have learned what causes that back in
elementary school. :)
Don't forget to start collecting information, and all the necessary bits,
pieces and paraphernalia that you need to keep the damn things sharp.
Buying the first plane is just the tip of the financial iceberg, and a
slippery sloped one it be.
Thanks to a habit of scrounging at garage sales and the like and the
occasional Steve Knight sale, I find that I have almost as much invested in
sharpening as I do in actual planes.
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