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Enjoy a little time in your shop this week.

Do you remember taking your first shaving with a hand plane?

How did that feel?

Could you sum it up in a single word?

How long has it been since you felt that way?

Sometimes we don't pick up our tools because there isn't enough time to get any real work done. Maybe that shouldn't be the goal. Maybe we should take one of our spare moments to simply make some shavings.

Just for fun.

How thin can you make a shaving?

How thick?

How about shaving chocolate?

(We tried all of these during a quiet afternoon at a Hand Tool event. Don't tell Tom! 😬)

You don't need a lot of time to enjoy your shop.

It doesn't take long to have a little fun.


What was your word?

Would you mind sharing it?

Leave it in the comments below.


This week's video is about 4-1/2 minutes long.

Jeff and I are getting ready to shape the profile of the practice leg into an octagon.

We'll lay them out on each end of the part without any math. Then we'll transfer the lines of the profile to the faces of the part.


Do you want to share a class or instructor with your fellow woodworkers?

Leave a comment and let me know!

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No, I don’t remember my first shaving with a hand plane, I’m afraid: it will have been in woodworking class, when I was nine or (going on) ten, so neigh-on 50 years ago. I do remember the plane, though: a 30” (or thereabouts) wooden try plane, but what the first shaving (or any of the subsequent ones) felt like, I’m afraid didn’t register at the time.

I do, however, well remember some ten years back or so, creating my first horrid tear-out with a cheap ($15?) stamped sheet metal-bodied ”plane” that I'd been fool enough to buy at the DIY store. There are plenty of one-word phrases that would sum up that feeling. Most of them have four letters.



Well, it doesn't really; at least I can't think of any single word in either French or Flemish that would cover as much and the same territory as "zowie" does.

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