Hand Tools

Subject:
Allow yourself to experiment..
Response To:
Re: Not unreasonable... ()

David Weaver
..as in, find various options (if it's not too expensive) or methods and spend about 10% of your time comparing things instead of just feeling like you're blindly going to build things.

Once you have tried a couple of things, then you can experiment with modifications. It's hard to start off making modifications and do anything productive, but allocating 10% of your time to experiment and compare will pay off enormously in the long run if you do everything by hand.

That sort of satisfies the desire to do engineering and spec (instead, you're proposing or trying and observing outcomes).

Starting with well-established methods or tools, though. For example, I wouldn't call experimenting with dimensioning using bevel up planes worthwhile - nobody ever did it productively and stanley's LA planes were a flop. For good reason. However, if you're using jack planes, it's not a bad idea to get a used inexpensive continental double iron plane to compare to an english style plane and compare those to a stanley plane. The latter isn't much for long term hand tool use (too much friction), but if you experiment with the three planes in the process of actual work, you'll see why. The former two *are* both efficient choices.

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