Pick up a quality hand plane and take a few passes…it is such a rewarding experience.
I absolutely love my Lie Neilson low angle block plane and wish I had about three more. There is something special about hand planes. In a world full of digitized complexity, the hand plane stands out as a beacon of simplicity. They reconnects us to the manual world of yesterday. They do such a tremendous job, all quietly and smoothly without noise, electricity or complexity. They alway impress me.
After checking the mast, I decided it was time to start shaping it. Two hours later this is what I had.
This was so satisfying to build.
I added a touch of thickened epoxy to one 6″ section that had a slight gap in it, otherwise all looked solid and well glued.
I see the following advantages of the wood mast:
- Much warmer than aluminum when handling.
- Much quieter than aluminum with a halyard slapping against it during a breeze.
- Easily rigged and altered when needed (just fill holes with thickened epoxy).
- Provides floatation on a knock down.
- Fits the Old World look of the Scamp.
- Gives the builder the distinct satisfaction of having built their own mast.
I wondered if I was going to need an electrical hand planer for this stage, but it was entirely unnecessary. The simple hand plane was completely up to the job and offered a quiet experience for rounding the mast. Two hours max and you’ll be as round as your going to get it without sanding. I actually don’t plan to go much smoother or rounder. I really like the Old World hand-hewn look of the mast. Next, I will cut to length, plug both ends, round the top and then set aside until I have a better understanding of the rigging and finish.