It’s been a long day and we’ve not long got back and settled down. I’ve spent a good while now aimlessly stirring my tea and gazing in to the pot looking for answers.
You see, today’s been one of those days when you smash one of your favourite planes.
I was just getting ready to start the next top flattening session. I hadn’t even started my stroke when the plane just launched itself, went cartwheeling down the concrete floor and straight out of the workshop door (it didn’t even look real, more like some really crap animation!). I couldn’t have thrown the thing further if I tried.
Apart from my block plane (which I routinely drop twice a day) I’ve never actually dropped a plane before so this was a new experience for me… is it always in slow motion?
It’s now in a pretty bad state with a lot of bent iron, curling the sole over on every corner, and I’ve absolutely knackered the adjustable mouth and about every adjustment knob on it. I know I can get it back working again it’s just a question of how much time it will take, though I doubt it will ever be quite the same. It’s been a real shame for me as I do always get attached to my tools.
Even if I could afford a new one I’d have to go right through the settling in period again. It takes me quite a while to bond with a tool before I’ll happily use it everyday, I don’t go ripping the box open on delivery and excitedly put it to work. Instead I’ll have a little fiddle then put it aside for a month or so to allow that bonding time. Replacing this plane now would feel a little bit like replacing a dog; it’s just not the sort of thing you can rush in to.
I’ve got thick skin and I’m used to taking blows but I could have roared today, instead all I came out with was a lot of German! On a good note though I can give a conclusion on the PMV11 vs tarmac test… the steel won, not a nick on it!