I think the application applies to fishing ( I don’t fish, too ADD). I guess defining a bad day at the bench is the first thing. The household is currently in transition (we live in a house that is making us sick) and we need to move however we are tied down to the area for personal reasons, so any “woodwork” is on hold. I will still go out and putter around knocking off the cobwebs that seem to grow exponentially, anyway off task, the realization (strike that) acceptance that the handplane that I spent 2 days blowing metal dust from nose is better off a paper weight (insert sad face).
So I bought the James Whelan book on making handplanes (great book! get it), this books is hard to read as text but having a handplane lying around I could finally see what Sumokun, over on You-Tube was doing, and understand the text. I also as stated before, haven been reading Chris Schwarz’s books on workbenches. ALOT to take in…..
Where was I,….Father Thomas on youtube made a plywood #4 sized plane. And then it hit me. I have been doing this wrong, instead of using an UN-usable plane to TRY to square my LARGE quantity of scrap pine (acquired for the purpose of learning, no tears shed!) start from scratch WITH a plywood plane. And then things tumbled from there, if making a plywood plane for “starters” why not draft up a set of planes for “reals” ?,(not sure if there is a difference: maybe fit, finish, or even “sculpted” planes ( there is some artist??? in the NW doing Plywood sculpture) and see if I can pull off a jointer plane in a 26+” length. BUT, and ALAS, I must start somewhere or in my case some time.
As I sit on the dock of the bay ( I mean loading dock), I know I can’t always work wood, but I can sure woodwork in head all day and never get a splinter.
I am still a wood watcher today