Hand Tools

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.

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