RE: [MedievalSawdust] Grandps old tools
- A plane is the wrong tool for fast material removal in many cases.
Depending on the needs, a drawknife is perfect. An experienced user of a
sharp drawknife with a shave bench can do things that an equally
experienced someone with a vise and a belt sander could not achieve in
the same time frame. And the real upside is you don't need a mask to be
able to breath. Or to keep changing belts to get to something remotely
resembling a finished surface.
Obviously a hand tool can be found for everything that our medieval
counterparts did, as they didn't use power tools. It can take a bit of
experience to become accomplished with some hand tools, and sharpening is
probably the most important skill to learn.
An example of a task we needed to accomplish a couple years ago, we were
using a tapered spoon bit to make the holes in a set of 3 legged trestle
tables and needed to taper to the same shape the round wood stock we were
using for legs. I found that even without a shave horse available, just a
basic vise on my high bench I was able to taper the ends in a few minutes,
to the exact radius needed with final tuning and smoothing being done with
a spoke shave and plane. I also ended up with a double handful of long
shavings instead of a bucket of dust with a cup of it in my lungs.
If anyone wants to experience a drawknife, spokeshave and shave bench,
come down to Budgardr camp at Pennsic and let us put the tools into your
Bill McNutt said:
> I will say, though, that if it takes more time to remove stock with abelt sander than with a hand plane, you need a coarser grit.
>irons are sharp.
> Who currently has seven hand planes he has yet to use. Although the
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