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Re: A different woodworking universe

Jack Dover
It doesn't sound like we're in different universes. The way I see it you found your personal equilibrium (for the lack of a better term) and wonder why other people wouldn't find theirs. I think I have found mine too, it's just I never let myself get too comfy for too long.

For the most part our ways of work are about the same except the last mile: you sand, I plane. Sanding works for you because of finishing preferences and because you get the best results. Planing works for me for the same reasons: I used to work soft woods or splotchy woods, so my finishes were natural - no stain + oils, shellac and wax. I had to use knotty pieces, it's a long story, but I had to, so I had figured how to plane it. In my opinion sanding or planing is a choice, and you were totally right saying there should be personal satisfaction in work we do. I don't see issues with other people choosing sanding and even enjoying it, it's just my preference is different.

You also seem to imply that you couldn't finish plane even if you wanted to. I think you totally could. All the work you have posted is very "plainable" and you work woods that plane the best.

The effort to produce them does not show up in a place to store your socks.

Let me disagree on this one. A fussy set up, a back bevel, a tight mouth, a different primary angle are not required for moderate straight grained domestic hardwoods, only a freshly sharpened iron is. Afaik your highest grit produces sufficient polish for the task. Chip breaker adjustment might be required dealing with figuring around knot areas, something that has to be done every sharpening anyway, and you've mentioned you avoid boards like this. Time wise it takes about the same time as sanding, unless deep scratches were introduced while shaping parts. Often it takes less when only parts that are touched or seen in low light are finish planed.

And it does show. Event a phone camera can capture it, I doubt that a woodworker could not spot it. Non-woodworkers might not be able to articulate it, but they do feel it, they usually say things like "I like it better", "I like the touch" and so on. Whether they care about sanding vs planing is a whole different matter, but they can tell there's a difference.

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