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Unread post #71 by nick » Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:21 am

Maybe I can also make planing as a form of exercise, anyone tried this?
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Unread post #72 by bigfoot » Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:23 am

Its also the norm for skilled local carpenters before, they spend half an hour or more everyday before work sharpening their tools.
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Re: the Handplane Thread

Unread post #73 by Bernard » Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:59 am

bigfoot wrote:Its also the norm for skilled local carpenters before, they spend half an hour or more everyday before work sharpening their tools.


Agree. Still, some actually do it right before the end of the work day. I suppose so that everything will be ready the following day's work. By the way, at an average of 4 minutes per blade, one should be able to sharpen about 4 hand planes and 4 chisels. Manually that is. I do it sometimes, although when there is a need to use a particular plane/chisel, I have to sharpen in between usage throughout the day. For example, if one is starting a set of mortises, you would want to stick to a particular chisel until the entire set is finished. Yes, there can sometimes be variations in actual chisel sizes of the same no. That is why constant sharpening is necessary.
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Re: the Handplane Thread

Unread post #74 by Bernard » Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:09 am

nick wrote:Maybe I can also make planing as a form of exercise, anyone tried this?


Yep, why not? Although the idea of puttering around doing hobby is really a form of exercise already. Well, compared to those who spend quite a lot of time on their couches. Consider this, just reaching for a hand drill, preparing the work piece and actually drilling a single hole requires a lot of concentration (for safety purposes), and of course, a few calories.
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Unread post #75 by Violaine » Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:31 am

saved for the planing days, i had built some biceps through the years...
but planing all day isnt what i intend to do...i still like to assemble at least something at the end of the day!

hahahahaha!
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Unread post #76 by Bernard » Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:42 am

You are right, Doc. Focus should really be on the output and not the thinnest shavings or the shiniest blade. The nature of skill is to do it over and over again in the course of our projects. After all, one will eventually be able to gauge the quality of the plane or chisel work by the finished product.
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Unread post #77 by Violaine » Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:52 am

Bernard wrote:You are right, Doc. Focus should really be on the output and not the thinnest shavings or the shiniest blade. The nature of skill is to do it over and over again in the course of our projects. After all, one will eventually be able to gauge the quality of the plane or chisel work by the finished product.


in that case i should start working on the request made by our labandera...a wooden laundry stool!
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Re: the Handplane Thread

Unread post #78 by nick » Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:41 pm

:think: Maybe those who has a hand plane can share their thinnest shavings here with measurement from a caliper
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Unread post #79 by gattaca » Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:47 pm

^ am in manila right now till d weekend so cant report figures for you.

Apart from a fettled plane, there are variables like the width of the shaving (or rather the plane piece) and type of wood. Plus it's not recommended to use a caliper because one can squish it, a micrometer or dial indicator in a jig is best. But yes, a caliper will give one an idea...

Will plane mahogany and post my results when i get back...
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Unread post #80 by timber715 » Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:08 pm

I have tried and done measuring the shaving of my handplanes... one thing I can tell you is....... it really is useless to measure the shavings. Unless you intend to join a contest abroad or something, I know very few people that buys handplanes to see how thin a shaving they can get.
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