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Blog entry by WoodAndShop posted 41 days ago 1273 reads 0 times favorited 11 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 40 days ago

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....... I listen very closely to the timber and then impose my will.

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NormG

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#2 posted 40 days ago

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 40 days ago

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 40 days ago

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 40 days ago

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 40 days ago

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 39 days ago

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

-- Bill....... I listen very closely to the timber and then impose my will.

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Dabcan

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#8 posted 39 days ago

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 39 days ago

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 39 days ago

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 39 days ago

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

-- Bill....... I listen very closely to the timber and then impose my will.

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