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Blog entry by Steve Diogo posted 124 days ago 830 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished ripping a 5-foot 2×4 for an artist’s easel, and Holy Crap was that a workout. I’m hella proud of the straight cut, but I think I have a new appreciation for the hybrid approach. It’s enough to make a guy want to break out the credit card for a table saw, but I like my marriage too much. Got the one piece ripped and dressed, but I think that’s enough for today. The second one will have to wait.

I need a nap.

-- http://chicagowoodworker.wordpress.com/



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iamcliff

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#1 posted 124 days ago

Haha. I’ve not had the opportunity to try this yet. When I got into woodworking I was given power tools by others. I’d like to one day try the hand tool approach which, frankly, I had originally wanted to do, but my desire to woodwork overcame my desire to wait longer trying to acquire hand tools.

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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#2 posted 124 days ago

Very dedicated woodworker indeed. I hear it gets easier over time

-- Norman

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Bob Current

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#3 posted 124 days ago

Think about the money you can save if you belong to a gym.

-- When you are wrong admit it, when you are right forget it.

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BigDumbAnimal

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#4 posted 124 days ago

I’m a huge fan of the hybrid approach. Before I had a bandsaw I set out to hand rip some 4’-5’ walnut logs. I spent a whole weekend just squaring off and sawing one of them down the middle. I thought I was in pretty decent shape but apparently my sawing muscles were somewhat under developed. My hats off to you folks who are able to stick it with only hand tools.

-- Semper Fi BDA

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BigDumbAnimal

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#5 posted 124 days ago

I’m a huge fan of the hybrid approach. Before I had a bandsaw I set out to hand rip some 4’-5’ walnut logs. I spent a whole weekend just squaring off and sawing one of them down the middle. I thought I was in pretty decent shape but apparently my sawing muscles were somewhat under developed. My hats off to you folks who are able to stick it with only hand tools.

Whoops double posted, sorry.

-- Semper Fi BDA

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hoosier0311

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#6 posted 124 days ago

you have much more patience than me. And you are probably stronger than I am.

-- I'm only deaf in one ear,,,,,I just can't hear out of the other one., Denny, Indiana implant, living in PA

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Cajun Box Sculptor

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#7 posted 124 days ago

Using handtools is how I learned my woodworking basics and techniques as a young kid and it was… and still is most important to learn and get extensive practice using handtools prior to power tools. As I get older the power tools sure are much preferable to accomplish many tasks…

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#8 posted 121 days ago

I was raised on a muscle powered farm as a youngster. My dad bought a tractor when I was about 7 or 8 I think. I remember my grandpa and he going hybrid building a Gothic style barn with a hay mow in the top. It was 54×56 x 26 feet high. All done with hand tools up until they made the Gothic rafters. Lots of long angling rip cuts. One of my uncles had bought a table saw for some reason and they used it to make those long rip cuts. I can’t imagine anyone even starting a project like that with hand tools today.

Even when I was an apprentice in the late sixties, there were a lot of hand saws in use. Those old carpenters would cut a 2×4 off in 2 strokes.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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