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Never bring an apron plane to do a jack plane’s job.

— Megan Fitzpatrick

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  • Jeremy

    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

    This reminds me of a friend of mine that decided to refinish a hardwood dining room floor using a belt sander.

  • Fred West

    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

    Need to keep chris on speed dial ????

  • megan

    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

    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


    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.

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