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A different woodworking universe
Response To:
Re: nicking? ()

Bill Tindall, E.Tn.
What these discussions reveal is that I work in a different wood working universe than some of you. Anyone following these discussions to learn, rather than be entertained, needs to figure out what universe their woodworking lives in so they can gauge what is relevant to their work.

For my purposes a plane is a wood removal tool. Push plane. If 0.002" of wood goes away and leaves behind a wood surface that is not torn I have succeeded. That's all I require. I sharpen when the plane looses clearance and won't pick up a shaving. The only attribute of the steel I care about is how long will the blade last until I am driven to sharpen.

I don't include knots or silica woods in my furniture so planing these features doesn't affect my requirements.

In a current situation I am building a bed. The walnut I chose was especially mellow with straight grain. The thickness planer unexpectedly left some chatter on a few surfaces. Give this situation it was more convenient to plane it away than sand.

In the course of what followed I could not preserve whatever inferior surface I produced, never mind the surfaces you all are talking about. When it came time to stain I resanded everything to be rid of scuffs , refine a steamed dent, add a patch. I get one coat of finish on as soon as I can after staining to offer protection against scuffs. This first coat is always sanded lightly before then next to remove dust nibs, etc. I believe what I describe is typical of anyone building stuff.

While it might result in considerable satisfaction to some I fail to see the practical application of the surfaces some of you strive for. The effort to produce them does not show up in a place to store your socks.

However, woodworking does not have to have a practical application. For some it just has to provide satisfaction. I get it. If you go to bed at night pleased that a perfect planed surface was produced on a piece of wood that's great. I might even enjoy hearing about it. The challenge is to figure out if any of the requirements to get the perfect surface have any application to building whatever it is one might want to build.

Messages In This Thread

26c3 in a plane iron... *PIC*
So, what's the point if it doesn't... *PIC*
also- cost....it's cheap
Plane blade metrics
V11/XHP is sort of the woodworker's alloy
toughness not necessary?
see the end of my statement..
How visible?
Re: How visible?
nasty steel and very fine abrasive...
Warren and David
initially, no significant difference....
interrupted cuts...
Re: interrupted cuts...
Re: interrupted cuts...
large nicking...
Re: large nicking...
There's good merit to carbon steels...
Re: There's good merit to carbon steels...
Re: nicking?
A different woodworking universe
slipped the lane...
Re: A different woodworking universe
Clarifying a point
I answered wiley's question...
Re: Clarifying a point
Why blade life is most important to me.
I'd have trouble.....
Re: Clarifying a point
Re: Clarifying a point
comment from left field - how it ages...
Durable finish *PIC*
My experience has been the same...
Shellac works well for furniture too *PIC*
Water stains..
Re: Water stains..
question on lightfast...
Re: question on lightfast...
from Jeff Jewitt Q & A on ‘lightfastness’
Re: from Jeff Jewitt Q & A on ‘lightfastness’
discussion dye fading coming soon *NM*
You stated an obvious fact. The point? *NM*
Stay Tuned
I get where you're going, by the way..
where toughness is important.
where toughness is important- always
tempering question..
the answer that I'd take less toughness... *PIC*
Different chipping *PIC*
Re: Different chipping
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