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    david o’sullivan

    near completion of the latest coffee table series. i must admit i found this build frustrating at times especially getting lumber to correct size and thickness ,i would love a planner thickness-er. while it can be satisfying to plane to size with hand tools its very time consuming and i am basically a weekend woodworker. i believe this causes me to rush at times through impatience which of course results in bad work; however i really enjoyed the process and hopefully can only improve.but it would be nice to start a project with all the pieces correctly sized to width and thickness it would be far more enjoyable .i could buy it to correct size but price is reckless. does any body else feel like this? maybe if i’am a good boy Santa will bring one.

    "we can learn what to do, by doing" Aristotle


    Table is looking good David, yes a thicknesser would be one addition I would go for. Remember all of Paul’s stock is prepared by machine or just about all. A good compromise flatten one side by hand, then run it through the thicknesser. 😉


    Hello David,
    I share some of your battles. Short summer season here and with family commitments blah blah blah… Then I rushed a dovetail today which I made me a bit mad at first, then I kind of reminded myself I need to enjoy the journey and the experience not just rush along to get a finished product.
    Part of it for me will be to maybe work with reclaimed lumber too, so I might be forcing myself to do more prep work…( I need the exercise anyway.) Table is looking great. What plans for a finish do you have?

    Ontario, Canada


    Great work David))I prepare all my lumber in same way ) I didn’t see any reason to buy correct size. I already seen that, as soon as I bring lumber to my home it’s move or crack(( Different humidity or temperature. Thickness planer… agree nice to have it, but good quality expensive and planer blades need to be sharpened too) I will stick to the plane for now. May be I will build some kind of jig with adjustable heights we will see. Nice work again David.

    Toronto, Canada

    George Bridgeman

    Great work, David!

    I’ve been having the same issue with my coffee table build. There are quite a few components in the project, so doing all the thicknessing by hand is very, very hard work! It’s rewarding though, and I’ll be pleased once it’s all finished, but I wouldn’t want to keep doing it by hand because it’s so frustrating. I think even a lunchbox type thicknesser, which are much cheaper, would be very handy.


    "To know and not do is to not know"


    I often wondered if others used any power tools. I had shoulder surgery last year, so repetative motions, like thickness planning begins to wear on my shoulder and I fatigue quickly. So, I have a thickness planer and recently acquired a 6″ jointer from my father-in-law, that came attached to a 1940’s delta milwaukee table saw and also a router I got for Christmas. The router has only been turned on like two or the times, needless to say I don’t bother with it much. However, for rough sizing work i will use the planer, jointer and table saw. For the joinery, I use hand saws, chisels and planes. I avoid electric sanding and routing simply for amount of dust that is produced, not to mention I enjoy the peace and quiet and joy of working with hand tools.

    With that said, your table is looking good!


    David Gill

    Nice Table David well done, George is it not possible to get timber to size using the bandsaw so it only needs cleaning up using hand planes, I do not have any power machines but I did think that if I had a band saw I could get the material I needed for projects out of roughs sawn stock.How are you finding your band saw

    Wigan, Lancs. England :

    david o’sullivan

    thanks for comments lads. don’t get me wrong i never in my wildest dreams believed i would build this table a year ago with just hand tools or that it was even possible. i love the use of the hand plane and one really gets to know the tool quiet quickly as well as the work been worked. it really is fantastic experience. however, the table with so many 90 degrees requires every piece to be precise and dead square for tight joints i just felt this was so time consuming from rough stock a little frustrating getting it dead square. no doubt i will get better with time but what i really enjoy most is cutting and pairing those joints to an exact fit.for me i get a real buzz and a sense for fulfillment from the joinery its self .it would be nice to run stock through a planer and then get out the hand tools. although i do share your point serhiy it would have to be the end of the market thickness planer and i suppose that would bring its own set of problems

    "we can learn what to do, by doing" Aristotle

    Mark Armstrong

    Well Done David 😉

    I think when you put the work in it’s more satisfying.

    Dagenham, Essex, England

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