I have learned a few things from using hand tools:
- I can't saw straight by hand to save my life.
- The back saw that I got from Ace is not a precision tool.
- Hand planing a board is a workout.
- I need a proper bench for doing work with hand tools.
|It's a workout, but I did manage to plane this face flat and square.|
I really need to organize all my tools and figure out where to put everything I have. I also need to clean up my garage some more and make some space so I can work on projects.
Another thing that I've had to really get better at now that I'm using more hand tools is sharpening. I used a combination of my table saw, planer, and my hand planes to make a couple of strops. I brought one into my house for use with my kitchen knives and one is going to stay out in the shop for my chisels and plane irons. It definitely took me longer to true up a face and square an edge with the plane than it did to dimension things out with the table saw.
|Now I can strop my chisels and planes. Hopefully that means better cuts.|