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Strange lust for hand planes - Smashedfinger - 06-10-2019

I can't help myself! I hate materialism, yet I can't stop myself from buying hand planes I don't need. I wonder if it's a recoverable condition? 25 years and counting. Even with a useless right shoulder, I love to push a well tuned antique hand plane through a piece of wood, then carefully placing it back on the shelf; pain for hours ensues from my complaining right shoulder yet I cannot stop! I better go see a head shrink!


RE: Strange lust for hand planes - MauleSkinner - 06-10-2019

So when are you going to tell us about the “strange” part? Wink


RE: Strange lust for hand planes - Bill_Houghton - 06-10-2019

Can you learn to plane left-handed?


RE: Strange lust for hand planes - Hank Knight - 06-10-2019

Maybe you could get your wife to push it for you. That would probably cure your condition.Smile


RE: Strange lust for hand planes - Admiral - 06-10-2019

Well, if you've not done it already, limit your self to one piece per use, e.g., no duplicates except by different manufacturers.


RE: Strange lust for hand planes - johndi - 06-10-2019

Wait, this is a condition?


RE: Strange lust for hand planes - C. in Indy - 06-10-2019

You have some mild symptoms.   

Someone I know very intimately might do more obsessed things...
- Sing ditties when using the planes
- Name the planes as action-figures  ('the Handsomizer') for example
- Set aside real woodworking projects indefinitely, for plane tuning instead
- Measure the shavings
- Rush to someone in the house and have them sniff fresh sassafras shavings


- Chris


RE: Strange lust for hand planes - Bill_Houghton - 06-10-2019

(06-10-2019, 02:23 PM)Admiral Wrote: Well, if you've not done it already, limit your self to one piece per use, e.g., no duplicates except by different manufacturers.

I follow the principle of two versions of a particular size/configuration of plane - e.g., two No. 3 bench planes - regardless of maker.  One serves to back up the other, in case one of them commits suicide on the concrete floor.  I will make an exception to this principle when there are good reasons (ha! - usually totally irrational emotional excuses) for doing so.  For instance, I have a No. 4 plane, badged "Wards Master," and made by Sargent, that, once I get the Stanley Type 1 Bedrock No. 604 and the Sweetheart era No. 4 going, will be in violation of the principle.  But I remember buying the Wards, at a sale up the hill, for $2, with our Newfie mix dog vibrating on the leash next to me and then behaving very well as I carried it home in the hand not holding the leash; that one stays, even if I never use it.


RE: Strange lust for hand planes - Stwood_ - 06-10-2019

When you hit 200 of those puppies, we'll think about sending you a stash of tissues. Maybe a couple of cases....


RE: Strange lust for hand planes - Cian - 06-10-2019

(06-10-2019, 01:54 PM)MauleSkinner Wrote: So when are you going to tell us about the “strange” part? Wink

What he said.   Uhoh