There’s a time for fettling, restoring and swatting dates in old books. In fact it seems that we spend a lot of time doing these things. Sometimes we need to make the time to build stuff.
It’s easy to think, “I’ll be able to build that once I’ve tuned this up some more”, or “if only I could have tools like him”.
It’s a little too easy to get wrapped up in a lifetime of excuse.
I looked at my bench today and saw tools with handles wrapped up in electrical tape and my trusty jack plane looking as ever, like he has been chewed on by an old dog (and he has).My tools are sharp. But they could be sharper.
Your planes are set far finer. Your saws are set better and a whole lot straighter than mine.
Well set tools don’t impress me, nor does the terminology. Building does.
If you feel your tools aren’t up to it, embrace the challenge. I learnt some of the most valuable lessons through being vastly under equipped. A craftsman can blame his tools, but only if he is short on ingenuity.
The finest tools don’t build stuff, you do.
This week I’ve had half a dozen ebay dogs turn up at my door and they are now all functional and ready for use. That includes metal and wooden planes and saws of all varieties. There wasn’t a lapping plate in sight but they now work. They could be better, but they work.
Over the weekend I’ll be turning this pile of oak in to a chair. What will you be building? Crack on!