To start this blog I was going to go straight into my first post, however I guess a little about me and why I am writing this blog will serve well. To start with I use only handtools on my hobby woodworking. For full disclosure I do own powertools, a good bit of them. Pretty much all of them except a hollow chisel mortiser and a drumsander, and I use them. However they are regulated to the world of DIY and utility. For my enjoyment though, for the woodworking I love, the only power is my lights and ipod dock. Even though I am a handtool junkie, I don’t care about them being old; which seems to be a theme amongst my handtool brethren. Some old tools are nice, some aren’t. I look for what I think is the best deal and the best tool. I use them not because it’s a connection to the past, but because they’re more challenging and much more peaceful to use. I might enjoy the end project using powertools but I enjoy the process with handtools.
Now that I have jabbered on about me and what I like, onto the reason I am writing this blog. I have been woodworking for a few years, and like a lot of us that are somewhat new to this I grew up in this hobby on the internet. The WoodWhisperer was my first real intro to woodworking information. From his podcast I moved on to other podcasts and blogs. This had lead to a great amount of knowledge but also some problems as not seeing things in person, with hands-on instructions, can take you to some odd working habits. One of those things that I found was transferring weight while handplaning. That will be the topic of my first real post.