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Hi Jeremy,

Just thought I would send you some photos of the finished curved floor/wall that you supplied the timber for.

 

Looks great and everyone commentson it.

Thanks for your help with the timber selection.

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What is Hand-Planing Right For?

27 Aug. 2015

Patience is a virtue. When it comes to woodworking, especially if you want to make pieces you are proud of, it pays to take your time, to make a fuss and to have a little patience - or a lot! When you are starting out, you don't have the benefit of experience. You don't know the little bits of personal information that can take an average piece of wood working out into the clouds to a magnificent piece of wood working. Now, you can read about woodworking until the cows come home, but you'll never get anywhere until you put down the magazines or books and start on a project. There is no way for you to judge how good a tool is, how valuable that tool is in your toolbox, without actually getting down and dirty using the thing. The hand plane is one of those tools.

When you read about the hand plane, it would not be hard to come up with an explanation in your head that it is for making lovely little curly shavings, diminishing in size as you gradually get to the smoothness that you want. Once you have this smoothness, or you've gotten the piece of wood down to the level that you're looking for, then you start to see which other tools you can use to get more specific.

What a plane really has in its armoury is that it's fast and super-efficient at getting two pieces of wood, the ones that might be making up the two sections of a joint, to at least be close enough so nobody is going to notice. Much of the work that you are going to undertake while you go through your wood working career is involved in making joints and shaving other pieces of wood that nobody is going to see. It's hidden underneath the table, under the seat of the chair or inside the cabinet. Save your best work, the stuff you take the most time to get right, for the finish that will be on display. The plane is for getting the job done right, with the least amount of fuss necessary and the least amount of damage if it goes a bit wrong.

Consider the amount of damage that you can inflict on a piece of wood if you're using a belt sander, for instance, or an electrical planer. There is just no comparison. Using any hand tool puts you closer to the job that you're working on, it gets you in contact with the wood. You can feel each stroke of the plane as it glide across the grain, almost sense how much or how little is being shaved. How will you ever get that level with any machine?

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