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Steve Jones27/09/2007 20:00:00
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Evening to everyone, as I had an argument with the mitre/chop saw in work the other week,(one badly cut and fractured finger later...oooh it hurt!). I've had a bit of time on my hands,anyway there's only so much day time telly you can take. So i took my self off to the shed (for sanity's sake),having recently looked on the t'internet for a turning project (If you haven't  already, check out and watch the videos). I decided to have a go at the Christmas ornament. I had a piece of Beech to use, but as most of my tools are locked up in work and I haven't got any power gear at home it was back to basics. After cutting the Beech to the sizes I need  I had to plane it up square.Face side and face edge then to width and thickness. The only tools I have at home are a Tennon saw, Panel saw, Hammer ,1" chisel, tape,square and my dads old Jack plane.At first I thought it might be a daunting task, but  what i'd been taught as an  apprentice soon  came back to me. The blanks are  partly glued up now. And do know what, with no noise I had a great time.I think its nice to get back to basics, as when in work there is no time these days to do it all by hand! and using surface planer/thicknessers does tend to make you a little lazy.What does every body else think?
Big Al27/09/2007 21:23:00
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I love to work with hand tools, even though I am a wood machinist, I have access to cnc and traditional machinery, and have my own collection of machinery and hand tools. Likewise there is a lot to be said when the only sound that you can hear is the whoosh of a hand plane and the radio or the sound of birds singing Yes machinery can make you lazish, but it does speed up the process of milling up your timber.

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