So as I venture into the unknown, trying new joints, finishing/sanding techniques, and all around wood stuff as well as brushing up on what I had learned in highschool shop class, I’m beginning to see the beauty of doing things by hand. Initially most of my use of hand tools has been lack of funding for this new hobby. I’ve recently started building a coffee table with two redwood slabs I found out back at my grandpas house. They used to be backboards for the horse shoe pit. I’ve also got a 10”x10” 7+’ redwood straight grain beam that I’ve been hanging onto even before I started woodworking for whatever strikes me. I’ve stumbled onto the wedged mortise and tenon joint and I think I’m going to use that for the joinery. It’s such a nice looking joint and the possibilities of accenting the wedge are endless. Anyhow, doing a few practice runs with 2×4 scrap, just to get a feel for it, I’ve really started liking the hand tools since I can’t very well run to the lumber yard and pick up another 2000 year old chunk of wood that big. My point, I guess, is that with the power tools I seem to get myself into trouble really quick and realize I’ve done something very wrong, but with hand tools I can see my self making the mistake as I’m making it (usually) and stop to correct it. I think, also, that it has a lot to do with the extra care that seems to have to go into laying things out for hand tools vs. laying things out for power tools. That’s my two cents after being back in the shop for a couple of months, anyway. Take it or leave it. I’m still going to use some power tools as I’m not patient enough to notch out a 10 inch through hole entirely by hand, but I think this one will be mostly an elbow grease project.
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