|Workshop by Levelonlevel||posted 04-08-2013 04:34 PM||5011 reads||11 times favorited||12 comments|
My workshop is small, basically a garage. For power tools I have a 10” table saw,10” mitre saw that is hardly ever used, 14” band saw and some miscellaneous sanders and other small power tools. I make most things now by hand and rely heavily on my handsaws, hand planes, chisels, mallet, rasps and a lot of hand sanding that is slowly being replaced by smooth planing and scraping. Because I restore levels, I have a router table that is employed occasionally, but even that is hardly used.
My tool cabinet is wall mounted and was designed for the way I work. I have a floor chest that I used for years, but my bad habits eventually had tools scattered throughout the shop, so the wall cabinet and discipline of using the workbench has accomplished two important goals: one to be more organized and two to transition to the older way of woodworking. Not that there’s anything wrong with modern techniques, as they increase production and accuracy tenfold. No, it is to get back in touch with what it was like to be a wood worker before there was electricity and battery packs for my own reasons and purposes. I have also discovered that my personal safety is increased ten fold without all the power stuff.
As a freelance writer, my novels are about people who worked with wood and other mediums and I want to know what it felt like to build pieces without all the modern conveniences as I did when I was learning the trade. I’m not writing about the technical aspects of old fashioned wood joinery. I’m writing about people and how they lived and felt about what they did.
-- A craftsman is not judged by the tools they have, but rather by what they can do with what they have..