Thursday, March 14, 2013
Extreme Woodworking! Or...guys with planes
One of the big things I've noticed recently is that guys just love their hand tools. Maybe there's something Freudian to that; I don't know.
There's a common "discussion" going around the shop of hand tools vs. power tools, but I suppose it boils down to something more basic - time. Yes, time. If you have it, you tend to use hand tools, which admittedly gives you better surfaces. There's no doubt that a hand planed surface is much nicer than a surface achieved by a power planer, and then sanded smooth.
Still - we're talking about time. And time-is-money. Especially for a professional furniture maker. Most clients don't want to pay for the romantic feel of a hand planed table top.
My buddy John E. sent me a link to this video, which shows some of the most amazing wood planing ever. Great video! - but again, I feel like - only a guy would get that turned on by this.
Maybe someone ought to come up with a woodworking reality show - Extreme Woodworking!