Thursday, April 22, 2010

I’m in Love

Yes I am in love with my wife and have been for a long time.  Well before we were married and well before we even started dating but that’s a whole different story for a different blog.  What I am in love with is a tool.  An “antique” tool at that.  A few weeks ago I bought a couple of Hand Planes because I wanted to learn how to use them.  I am in this whole I want to learn to use hand tools kick.  I am teaching my self to hand cut dovetails.  That is tough.  It’s going to be a while and I know I am going to have to upgrade saws.  I bought a cheap one and there is a reason that it is cheap, but enough about that.  This is what I have fallen in love with

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I have not had much of a chance to really research this particular hand plane.  It has a Stanley blade but I am not sure if that makes it a Stanley or not.  I will be scouring the internets for more information on this tool.  I actually bought this one and a smaller one.  I need to figure out what they are.  I will say that I read enough to figure out how to set the blade and went at the top of my jelly cupboard.  There was a little bit of a lip on the seam of the two boards and I was going to run it through the power planer but this hand plane was just calling out to me Use me Grover, use me.  Who am I to deny the will of the tool.  It knows best.  Well, after some playing and really hoping I didn’t screw my top up I had the seam on both sides leveled and the top looking awesome. 

It was amazing and a very beautiful thing to see those ribbons of wood just coming off the top.  It was almost magically and man did I work up a sweat.  I had like a whole Roy Underhill moment only he uses even older tools. 

I honestly never thought that I would be so infatuated with a hand tool but it was amazing.  I wanted to keep going and keep working the top but I didn’t want to take it down to far. 

I know I have a long way before I become proficient with the tool and have to figure out the sharpening of the blade and what exactly all of it does and the in’s and outs of using hand planes.  It’s exciting and best of all I only spent $25 on the pair of them.  I will get some shots of the smaller plane. 

Let me know about your experiences with hand tools, I’ve been a power tool guy and this is a new journey in woodworking for me.  Hopefully we can learn something together. 

Have a Great Day!


  1. Grover... my husband just bought me a small hand plane for my B-day!! I've only played with it once but plan to use it at some point. There are videos on youtube that teach you how to use/clean/sharpen your hand plane! So cool that someone just got one (I mean 2), as well!


  2. Kendra,

    That's awesome. I am so happy with them. I plan on buying several more. It is addicting. I need to spend a little time tuning it. I am going to spend sometime cleaning them up as well. I want a rabbet plane now. What kind did you end up getting. I really want to know the brand of these and get some info on them. It works great.

  3. That is a great looking plane. I haven't used my planes yet, as I think I need to learn how to tune them first. But I do have a book and a video on hand planes, so I am going to begin to teach myself too.

    This woodworking stuff is fun.

  4. Thanks Brian. I need to probably tune these up as well but it worked really well with not doing anything. Now the little Stanley block plane I bought from Lowes that's a different story it needs some work. :)



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