Friday, March 4, 2011

Fun Shavings

Just a photograph of some fun shavings from my most recent project (which I'll post about soon).


  1. I bought a greetings card decorated with similar shaped chips a while ago - very attractive

  2. Dan,
    Are these cross-grain shavings from a rabbet plane?

    Trevor Walsh

  3. Al - Thanks, I thought they were cool too!

    Trevor - Yes - good call! Ten Galoot points for you!

  4. thick shavings, it seems, beautyful pic for wallpaper

  5. Looks like the beginnings of an Escher, Dan!

  6. Julio - Thanks!

    Ethan - Cool! I didn't think of that, but yes - thanks!

  7. It's cool. The grayish mask reminds me of the good old days when woodworking was the only way to produce elegant woodworks.

    Apparently, it is still quite popular nowadays.

  8. Dan
    Very nice chips.
    Quick story that goes along with this:
    I am a high school technology teacher. I'm very into high tech, modern equipment, computers, etc... But I also have an interest in hand made furniture, precision work with hand tools and all that.
    I recently had hip replacement surgery. When I got back, all the kids wanted to talk about it, and I was lucky enough to have a titanium hip implant device that my doctor gave me so I could show the kids what it looked like.

    Standing at the work bench, I showed the implant, and talked about the cost and materials and the ultra modern surgery suite in the hospital. Also how the doctor used the latest instruments and tools to do the operation.

    I then picked up my trusty Stanley #4 plane and proceeded to shave some perfect chips off a piece of pine I had in the vice. I talked about how modern tools and techniques were great, but sometimes the best tool for the job is a simple hand tool. I could have used a router or my jointer, but often it is quicker and cleaner to use a simple tool for the job.

    The point I made was that you always have to use the right tool for the job, and the decision as to what tool to use is influenced by a lot of factors. So this turned into not just a woodworking lesson, but a life lesson as well.

  9. Brian - Great story! That's one of my favorite aspects of teaching - challenging assumptions - especially the idea that newer always equals better. Thanks for sharing!


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