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How to Woodwork in the Dark?

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Blog entry by WoodAndShop posted 06-14-2014 12:47 PM 1527 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

What happens to modern woodworkers if their power goes out? Most power tool woodworkers will have to twiddle their thumbs next to a plastic flashlight. But not traditional woodworkers! Last night a Virginia storm knocked out our electricity, but I didn’t have to stop woodworking!

I was able to continue working on my mortise and tenon picture frame, just like my ancestors would have done. Not only are hand tools safer, quieter, and more portable, but they can be used “off the grid”!

Even if you’re not keen on abandoning power tools, at least get the basic hand tools so you’ll always be able to feed your woodworking addiction (see the basic hand tool list here).

What do you do when the power goes out?

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Texcaster

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#1 posted 06-14-2014 09:11 PM

When our power fails I get my fiddle and mount my bicycle generator to keep power up to the fridge. Two human powered activities at once. I also sing while playing and pedaling , so that is three activities at once. Folks are glad when the power is restored.

-- Bill....... " was you dryin' your nails or a wavin' me goodbye?" Tom Waits

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NormG

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#2 posted 06-14-2014 09:28 PM

I love the candles, we did have some high winds here in Virginia last night mixed with rain

-- Norman

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WoodAndShop

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#3 posted 06-15-2014 02:03 AM

Wow Bill, a bicycle generator? so cool! Can you send a photo? I’m a cyclist, so I could enjoy that! And I love the fiddle too.

-- Joshua Farnsworth - Free Traditional Hand Tool Woodworking Tutorials: http://WoodAndShop.com

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WoodAndShop

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#4 posted 06-15-2014 02:03 AM

Yes Norm, lots of wind. Where are you in Virginia?

-- Joshua Farnsworth - Free Traditional Hand Tool Woodworking Tutorials: http://WoodAndShop.com

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Sylvain

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#5 posted 06-15-2014 01:42 PM

Isn’t a gas camping lantern cheaper in the long run?

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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Buckethead

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#6 posted 06-15-2014 01:50 PM

Technically speaking, if you’re adding light by burning candles or latern fuel, you’re not woodworking in the dark. Amirite.

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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Texcaster

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#7 posted 06-16-2014 12:39 AM

Joshua, I can’t show the generator yet, still top secret . However, I did carve this viola top in very low light.

-- Bill....... " was you dryin' your nails or a wavin' me goodbye?" Tom Waits

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Dabcan

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#8 posted 06-16-2014 12:55 AM

When I lose power, I first start cleaning up my shop. Mid I finish and still no power I then start sharpening my tools, never had an outage last long enough for me to run out of things to sharpen…

-- http://www.craftcollective.wordpress.com

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WoodAndShop

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#9 posted 06-16-2014 02:04 AM

Gorgeous viola Bill! That’s true craftsmanship.

-- Joshua Farnsworth - Free Traditional Hand Tool Woodworking Tutorials: http://WoodAndShop.com

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WoodAndShop

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#10 posted 06-16-2014 02:05 AM

That’s about right Dabcan….a never ending supply of things to sharpen.

-- Joshua Farnsworth - Free Traditional Hand Tool Woodworking Tutorials: http://WoodAndShop.com

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Texcaster

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#11 posted 06-16-2014 01:20 PM

Kind words Joshua, thanks. I’m working up the nerve to give this treatment to an archtop guitar.

-- Bill....... " was you dryin' your nails or a wavin' me goodbye?" Tom Waits

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handsawgeek

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#12 posted 08-20-2014 07:57 PM

Tex….Fiddle and ride a bike? At the same time? That’s awesome ! I can barely fiddle and chew gum at the same time….

Does that viola play pretty nice?

WoodAndShop….Nice candle light pictures.

Come to think about it… I’m always woodworking in the dark. Even when the lights are on.

-- Ed

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