Hand Tools

Subject:
Re: Practical relevance of surface appearance

Steve D, CT
Aside from low build finishes, your outlook on planing matches mine completely.

I find it enjoyable, it keeps my shop at a minimum dust level and the surface surpasses sanded with less effort. The shavings make nice compost, too.

As far as lines from nicks go, I see stock prep and surface prep as separate operations. Smoothing can be thought of as the first step of finishing with potentially a separate tool and much more care in keeping it at top performance. If something nicks while flattening a rough board it's an annoyance but those ridges should be removed at the end of the process.

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