... until this little beauty walked into my life: the Lie-Nielsen No. 102 Low Angle Block Plane.
|Just a few test shavings off some scrap ash|
|Key to a good plane is a flat base, or "sole." This is flat.|
|Hope two adjustment knobs isn't too much for you|
|Fewer pieces mean fewer things that can go wrong|
Another use is to chamfer corners.
|I couldn't even get the calipers to read a thickness on these shavings.|
|Planed edge grain|
|Unplaned edge grain|
|Maintaining plane blades and sharpening probably needs its own series of posts|
There is something primal in the feeling of using a well made sharp tool. There's a sense of connection between craftsman, tool, and material. That connection is easy to lose track of when using a big motorized planer. Hearing a well honed plane zip over wood, peeling away .008" worth of wood at a pass, and feeling it happen in your hands, well it's a tough sensation to beat in the shop.