Nicole Alderman wrote:I've been slowly learning some roundwood woodworking through the PEP curriculum, and I've seen a lot of mention of draw knives and planers for smoothing the wood. I called up my dad to see if there were any extras from when my grandfather moved out of his house and into a retirement apartment, and I was told that there was no reason to use a draw knife or planer. That they were too hard to use, and to just use a electric sander. I don;t really like power tools, and would like to learn the traditional skills. But, currently everyone seems to be saying that these older ways of smoothing wood are hard to use, inaccurate, and possibly dangerous. Are they really that bad? Should I just learn to use the sanders that we have, and not look for a draw knife or planer?
Dennis Mitchell wrote:Professionally speaking, hand tools are much too slow. I’ve spend decades behind a belt sander and can tell you, they make wonderful sawdust. Hand tools are for the romantic at heart, but you will get much more built with power tools. If you decided to cook would you use a mixer, or just dig out your old wooden spoon. When I’m working on a personal creative project I’ll use power tools 90% of the time simply because the project is more important that the process. Still most of my log furniture is worked with a draw knife. One of the most practical hand tools is a card scrapper. My favorite hand plane is a simple little 7 inch block plane. The good news is used hand tools are horribly underpriced.
Nicole Alderman wrote:I've been meaning to update this for a few days! When I was over at my parents' house, I was telling them how excited I was to find a manual drill in the stuff that my grandpa gave to me, and my dad went into his shop and came out with one of my grandpa's old draw-knives to give me! It needs to be sharpened, but I'm so excited to learn how to sharpen and use it!
Alley Bate wrote:A sharp hand plane will leave a surface finish that would take a lot of work to approach with sanding. Chisels, planes and draw knives don't require hand, eye or ear protection and of course no electricity.
Making a long shaving with a hand plane is magical thing.
I really like Paul Sellers on YouTube for woodworking by hand instruction.