Oct 102009
 

Wood is a brilliant material to work with, but not without frustrations.

On the board I’m building at the moment, I’m stuck with the problem of a knot on the rail about 20 centimetres from the nose. I didn’t notice it on the plank when I laminated the decking, but now that I’ve planed a bit of wood off the surface, it’s mushroomed out and is causing some ugly eruptions on my otherwise beautiful rail profile.

Guess I’ll have to live with it and get it looking as best as I can. Note to self: Double check for badly placed knots in future.

On a positive note, I’m best friends with my Stanley block plane. What a wonderful piece of equipment. When I started shaping this board it was a bit blunt and not taking nicely, but I sharpened it up and it’s going beautifully. It fits in the palm so snugly that it’s almost like you’re taking the wood off with your hand sometimes.

Word of warning though; it’s possible to craft wood with great precision using a block plane, but you can also do a lot of damage if you’re not careful.

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