The risers for our new stair:
scantlings: 15– 3/4″ x 7,3/8″ x 37″
materials: 3–1x8x16′ + 1–1x4x16′ C-grade yellow pine, jointed, ripped, joined, glued, ripped (a nominal 1×8 is 7,1/4″ at best, by the time it’s jointed may be only 7″; I need 7,3/8″)
Hand-planing takes about 30 minutes per board, including keeping 4 planes sharp with waterstones. This will produce two large grocery bags of shavings, enough to kindle fires for the rest of the winter. For me, this is practical and efficient. For anyone else, it is just as likely to be unbelievably tedious and frustrating.
“No tools will make a man a skilled workman who has not learned how to use them,
and has never bestowed any attention on them.
The tools which would teach men their own use would be beyond price.”
The Republic, Book II