By Megan Fitzpatrick Posted January 29, 2011 In Feature Articles Poor Planning2011-01-292011-04-27https://www.popularwoodworking.com/wp-content/uploads/popwood_logos-01.pngPopular Woodworking Magazinehttps://www.popularwoodworking.com/wp-content/uploads/popwood_logos-01.png200px200px 7 Never bring an apron plane to do a jack plane’s job. — Megan Fitzpatrick Megan Fitzpatrick Megan is a former editor and content director of Popular Woodworking Magazine. She prefers using hand tools because they rarely make loud noises. Unless they fall off the bench. Recent PostsMethylene Chloride – Part 2: Some Retailers Take Certain Paint Strippers Off Their ShelvesHearts Beat Loud: Nick Offerman’s New MovieTool Test: Florip Toolworks Dovetail Saw Showing 7 comments Jeremy February 8, 2011 This post reminds me a lot of my father… but you see I think that is not bad to do after all especially if you don’t have the right tool. Of course you have to improvised or come up of something to make things done. Only it is not as better as using the right tool. Paul Stine January 31, 2011 This reminds me of a friend of mine that decided to refinish a hardwood dining room floor using a belt sander. Fred West January 30, 2011 Megan, I laughed out loud when I saw your post and then groaned at the thought of using that apron plane for the whole counter top. I take it that your mother lives a fair distance from you as you did not go get your jack plane. :o) Well, very lucky mother. Fred Rooter January 30, 2011 Need to keep chris on speed dial ???? megan January 30, 2011 Rob – that does ring a bell. Jorge, it was not futile…but it was arduous. After an hour or so of planing, all burn marks, watermarks and knife cuts were gone; the first coat of mineral oil is drying. And my mother is pleased with the "new" look, so…on to the next project on her list. Jorge G January 30, 2011 LOL thanks for the laugh. On the other hand I see some shavings there, please tell me you realized the futility of it and did not do the entire top. Rob Millard January 29, 2011 Megan, I’m sure you will recognise this phrase, "brevity is the soul of wit" . That was the shortest woodworking blog entry I have ever read.