I just spent the last hour hand planing a beautiful piece of figured walnut.
I was reminded of an idea I’ve had for some time; an exercise program for woodworkers called “Plane Away The Pounds!”
It’s really simple! You get a bunch of rough-sawn lumber, preferably locally harvested in an environmentally conscious manner and sawn by a local sawyer who loves wood as much as you do.
You take said wood to the bench, sharpen up a few planes and plane away, imagining that each shaving that hits the floor equals a hand full of calories you’ve just worked off.
There could be a video series, a video for each size of bench plane. Start out with a #4 and work your way up to a #8! Back-bevel the blade for a super-intense workout!
If you are really out of shape you can start with a #3. And if the only excercise you usually get is reaching for your wallet you may be a perfect candiate to start with a #1!
Am I rich yet?