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…why can’t you make thick irons laminated?
Why is it that my Grandad doesn’t grind. My Dad doesn’t have a grinder. And up until me buying swanky tools, I never had to grind?
Hard steels and thick irons.
It’s a combination which wasn’t found in my Grandad’s workshop.
And that thick hard steel takes some going to wear through. So out comes the grinder.
This modern ‘improvement’ to our irons puts a spanner in the works of any old school sharpening routine.
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I first bought my bevel up Jack for planing end grain on thick workbench tops.
I’d always been a normal steel, conventional plane kind of chap before building benches, but as I touched on last time, hand tools can moan and groan a bit at certain woods, and I was building with a lot of kiln dried ash.
A few specialist tools made a huge difference, and the bevel up plane was perfect for all that thick end grain work.
If you’re going to build yourself a chest of drawers, what wood would you build it out of?
You’d build it out of whatever you fancy building it out of.
What you like, what’s to hand, what’s cheapest.
Who, bloody cares?
It’s the same for a workbench.
Obviously, I can’t pass that off as an article though, so I’ll make a mountain out of it.
If you’re looking for the best wood for your workbench build, then you need to decide which factors are most important to you:
- Should it be cost effective?