Thursday, February 25, 2010

Jack of All Trades...

... master of none.

That's how the old saying goes. I think about this expression a lot, as it relates to both people and process.

In the picture above, is my No.62 Low Angle Jack Plane (yup, it's a jack of all trades). This plane is fantastic! It's one of the first plane's got when I started down the dark path of woodworking with hand tools. What makes it so great? Well to start off, it's got a bevel up blade, bedded at a very low angle (12 degrees). Considered a large format block plane, it's a crack shot at tackling end-grain and shooting the ends of boards. The sole is 14" long which also means it's totally proficient at jointing and flattening boards (as long as they are not too big). Also, it's got an adjustable mouth to shift between wide open (for material removal) and super tight (for fine smoothing). Finally, because the blade is bevel up, by buying multiple blades you can optimize the effective cutting angles and blade profiles for just about every planing scenario. Sounds great right?

Well, what are all those other planes doing in the background?

Sunday, February 21, 2010

About this blog

So I have finally decided to start writing a blog.

Q:Why now?
A:Why not...

Q:Why blog?