It was pretty amazing to me how much has happened in the last three years. I've been attempting to take up woodworking for much longer but life kept interrupting.
Indeed the internet has accellerated things greatly. I've spent that time learning about tools, how to fettle them and how to use them but I've done very little in the way of woodworking projects. Now I feel I have reached a point where the slope has become much less steep and slippery.
This weekend I'm going to sort out a working kit and pack all the "extras" away. This is kind of scary, I may actually find out how many planes I have and I'm not sure I want to know. :lol:
Hopefully, the next three years will see my workbench finished, my shop somewhat organized and :shock: maybe even some finished projects!
For what seemed a very long time, I was buying tools and fettling them, fixing up things in my workshop and generally not completing many projects. Slowly the balance changed and then I found myself making one thing after another without (the need for) a new tool or any improvement in my workshop. I then realised that I was wasting time because I had learnt to live with various inefficiencies in my set-up and that life really would be better with a new plane, spokeshave or whatever.
These days I figure on completing two projects and then doing one workshop project or making one (big) tool purchase as a way of seeking some work/play balance.
Now, three quarters of the way through a second rocking chair I have decided on the next tool - actually I have ordered it.. (two projects so it's OK isn't it?)
I corresponded with Wiley and a few other folk before settling on this configuration. It is a very heavy plane with a very tight mouth ( I am going for a 5 thou mouth) and it is going to serve for finishing panels - as the name suggests but also as a medium jointer/cum smoother for lots of things. It will have a 47 1/2 degree bedding angle which seems to offer a good compromise between common and York pitch and according to Wiley and others will deal with quilted maple etc so it should cope with most of the woods I use.
I can't blame anyone for this - apart perhaps from Kingshott but that's a bit unfair since he's no longer around! In any case, since seeing his panel planes I have always wanted one and having foregone a holiday this year, I am going to get one!