If you have read my posts you may remember that I am a retired guy (5 months) who used to be a power tool furniture maker. For a lot if reasons, I have been away from the craft for ten years. I am back now, with a vengeance, but as a hand tool woodworker, again, for a lot of reasons. In my old shop I did some hand tool joinery, dovetails, and the occasional mortise and Tenon joint, but it would have never occurred to me to size stock with hand tools. Well, as a hand tool woodworker, that has all changed and the learning curve has been interesting. Actually, that is probably not the best way to say it. The brain knows what it is supposed to make the body do. The body has been reluctant to get with the program. I spent 4 hours in the shop this afternoon, and I noticed that I finally have gotten the plane that I use for shooting tuned to the point that it takes wispy shavings off the end of a ” borg” whitewood 2 x 4. A smile. A bigger smile came just seconds after that when I realized that even with wispy shavings, I am spending drastically less time at the shooting board. That signals a marked improvement in my sawing in the last three months.
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