I have been falling deeper into the hand tool habit. For the past couple of weeks I have trying hard to get time to work on a twin sized bed made of red oak. You’d think with my limited time in the shop, I’d hop on my power tools to get more work done faster, but I just can’t bring myself to it. Putting tenons on the end of very long boards is difficult on a table saw, but not so hard on my radial arm saw with a stacked dado set. The thought of going through all the hassles of setting it up and making test runs makes me dread going into the shop. I simply can’t help myself, making tenons with good saws and a router plane is just too much fun. It also just makes me feel closer to my work. I guess you have to be a woodworker to understand that.
Soon I will need to make a grooves in the head board and foot boards of the bed that I am making, and the thought of using my dado set on the table saw “bums me out man.” I have been looking for a good plow plane to do the job.
There is just something about using a plane or a saw that just satisfies me deep down inside. I got a gift card and some birthday money that is burning a hole in my pocket to get a plow plane, but I can’t decide what type to get. Decisions, decisions.
Lately I have been entertaining the idea of selling my big jointer. I just don’t use it anymore. I can joint the edges of board pretty quick with my hand planes, and I never used it to flatten the face of boards with my jointer. Now I can flatten the most twisted and cupped boards by hand then use the power planer to finish the job. If I get off my duff and sell the jointer, perhaps I can buy the spray system I want. Sounds like a good trade.
Of Tallow and Tools….The mutton tallow has proved to be very useful. I really can tell the difference when I use it on my saws and planes. I also use it for rust prevention and it works well so far. That small jar should last me a couple of years. All in all, a very successful project. I suggest you try it.