Coarse, Medium & Fine

Using bench planes with your machinery will speed your work. But first you must understand how the bench plane system works.
By Christopher Schwarz
Pages: 38-44

From the  February 2006 issue #153
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Too often we hear that hand tools are slow and power tools are fast. Even people who love hand tools talk about how they enjoy handwork because it forces them to slow their work on a project, to ponder the details, to enjoy the smell of the freshly cut lumber and to labor in quiet harmony with the wood.

That’s all very bucolic – but it’s also a bit ill-informed.

To my mind, people who think hand tools are slow are either using the wrong tool for a task, or they are people who will work slowly no matter what tool is in their hand. I have found that to become truly efficient at woodworking is to first ignore whether or not the tool in your hand has a power cord or a finely honed blade. Instead, you should make sure that you know whether that tool is a coarse tool for hogging off material, a medium tool for refining and truing the work, or a fine tool that’s the last to touch your work.

From the  February 2006 issue #153
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