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#1 posted 02-06-2011 02:52 AM
just because you do’t use power tool makes you bad to hell with them
-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))
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#2 posted 02-06-2011 05:37 AM
I love it. We all need to join S.W.E.A.T. Society of Workers in Early Arts and Trades
-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com
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#3 posted 02-06-2011 06:58 AM
I have a lot of respect for the craftsmanship of old that was done with nothing but hand tools. Very talented craftsmen do amazing work. However, I would logically think that most of them would have welcomed a tablesaw and many of the power equipment we have today. I have read the text of woodworkers who were in the era of the first power tools being introduced into woodworking and they welcomed the machines, even though they were old school. Maloof, Nakashima, Peters, they all saw the need and advantages of power tools though they were exceptional hand tool woodworkers.
Guns don’t kill anybody, people do. Power equipment doesn’t hurt anyone (unless a manufacturing error) it is the operator. I say, “Power up!”
-- " 'woodworker'.....it's a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof
#4 posted 02-06-2011 07:34 AM
Personally I am a hybrid woodworker. I will do most of the rough cutting with power. Then I will tune it with hand tools. Even Maloof would use his bandsaw to cut what he had in-visioned in his head. Then he would put the knife or chisel to it. He might toss in a hand grinder ;) jmho
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#5 posted 02-06-2011 03:09 PM
It would take a lot of patience to work without power tools, unfortunetly I am one who lacks patience. I wish I were blessed with more, it would have made a difference in my life.
-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -
#6 posted 02-06-2011 03:12 PM
Y’All:Reread what I said. It’s about table saws, not all power tools.And, squarely tongue-in-cheek. :)
What happened to Maloof’s finger tip?Power tool accident or Yakuza initiation? :)
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#7 posted 02-06-2011 06:30 PM
When I was about 12 I cut myself pretty bad with a draw knife because I was using it the wrong way. If you pay attention and use it the right way a table saw is your friend.
-- Emmett, from Georgia
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#8 posted 02-06-2011 08:15 PM
My first woodworking started with hand tools and I love using them when I can. They are soooo Zen! It’s so wonderful to be able to hear yourself think and listen to the calming scrape of the metal on wood in a rhythm that is from YOUR beat. The loud insistent buzz/whine of an electric tool is so unnerving and not only damages your ear drums but cuts you to no end if you are in error. The idea of having headphones plugged into more noise to cover the noise is also a bit perplexing. I for one enjoy hearing nature: birds, insects, water flowing; instead of radios, TV’s blaring at me trying to coerce me to buy their stuff.
I’ve always wondered about people who go outside to enjoy nature but have to blare music around them for entertainment. When I lived in Hawaii, I’d try to find an isolated section of beach that I could enjoy listening to the waves hit the shore, but there where always several beach goerers with boom boxes blaring out their version of the Top 10! Can’t you just listen to the quiet? It makes you think about yourself and what you need to do to further your enlightenment and creativity. Really it does, try it!
Unfortunately I do have to use electric tools because my body parts (limbs, shoulder, wrist, fingers) just can’t last as long as I would like, but whenever possible, it’s always a joy to use a simple, humble, zen hand tool. Another cherished time one can turn off the “Boob Tube”.
Now, I do admit that I have cable TV in the wood shop but I try make the effort to keep that at a minimum.
-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe
#9 posted 02-07-2011 01:56 AM
mmh I was so into your post until I got to the last sentence. Then I laughed very loudly.
#10 posted 02-07-2011 01:23 PM
Electric drills and jig saws seem to satisfy my power tools requirements.My studio building has outdoor electrical outlets so I can use them where I prefer to work – outside.I save hand-cranking a brace and bit for craft show demos.
I now have a finishing studio in my basement so I can work when the weather is nasty.My basement studio is also a laboratory where I develop and test finishing products.I suppose my favorite power tools are spectrometers, a gas chromatograph an pH meters. :)
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