But I know. You are asking what does the darned thing do? It makes spills. Satisfied, no? -OK, sorry. Spills are what people would use to light lamps, candles, and fires with before they had matches. Creating a proper curly spill in quantity was best done with the spilling plane.
Three weeks ago, I was in the middle of another shop reorganization and came across the plane. As a way of avoiding otherwise useful work, I set the plane up and commenced making a handful of spills. It was easier than I thought, and I came up with an idea for making a series of handmade boxes containing spills as presents. The boxes would be simple with a sliding top.
The top would have a chip carved design on them. Inside would be an assortment of spills and a note explaining their use. After you used the spills or discarded them, the box owner can repurpose the box. Simple, yes?
Nothing is simple in my shop. Instead of just making the little boxes with mitered joints, I decided that a box joint would be great and attractive. So out comes the box joint jig I bought two years ago but never set up. Two weeks into the project, I’ve stowed the jig away for later- like the plane, it is fiddly to set up. I realized that the building of these boxes was becoming a major thing rather than a side project. In the meantime, three portraits of ships and another project lay abandoned, back to making the boxes with miter joints.
I don’t know how many others of you get sidetracked like this. Mine relates to my abiding ability to become distracted. A hyper-focus on details accompanies the distraction.
Most of the time, I work this to my advantage. I get to explore new techniques and areas of knowledge. I don’t get stale.
An old saying says, “Keep your eye on the donut, not on the hole.” Well, this time, I was deep into hole territory. A simple build turned major construction.
Still, I think the project will work out, and friends will get some pretty boxes. I may use milk paint on the boxes (pine), but make the tops from cherry for contrast.