I cheated.

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Blog entry by canadianchips posted 10-02-2010 04:55 AM 10877 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello people. I am working on a cabinet for my wifes job. 2 cabinets each: 32” w x 20” d x 56” h. Going to be painted and on Heavy duty rollers. I USED POWER TOOLS TODAY. I have been saying for past couple of month that I am slowly going towards hands tools and no electricity. What I learned today: A) I am outta shape. B) I am getting old, my arms hurt. C) This cabinet is made from plywood, to ease off the edges I enjoyed firing up my routers. D) A1jim has a router for every bit (I do too, and I love it, I hate changing bits) E) CONFIDENT THAT I AM NOT A REAL GALOOT.
I am sorry if I let anyone down thinking I use stricktly hand tools.
(What concerns me most, I am almost done this project and I haven’t ran out to buy a new tool just for ???)OMG !
I think I need more therapy !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#1 posted 10-02-2010 04:59 AM

what I don’t understand is why people find a need to be “handtools only” or “powertools only” woodworkers? don’t we have enough reason to divide us as people already.

just be a woodworker – whatever tools you use, whatever ways you use them – when the cabinets are done well- it really doesn’t matter which saw cut those parts.

congrats on the progress though ;)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 10-02-2010 05:11 AM

not have bought a new tool yet !!....
shame on you, you know very well a new project = min. 1 new/used tool in the shop
thats serius , we realy have to take this up on a bordmeeting in near future Hmmm

well at least you can try to have a great weekend

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#3 posted 10-02-2010 05:32 AM

Yep! you need much more therapy. Has any one suggested that you may be incurable? lol Actually it is the wives that are enabling us. Bless their little hearts.

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#4 posted 10-02-2010 05:59 AM

Ahhh don’t lose any sleep over it.

For me I am finding there are two reasons I really enjoy trying to be hand tool only.

1) I like the silence and decreased saw dust.
2) I like the challenge. It is actually two challenges in one. First it is a mental challenge of “how can I do this.” Second it is a physical challenge to actually do it without falling over or being unable to move the next day.

There is a third reason that is creeping up in my mind too … I am enjoying the historical connection to it. Using old tools and researching old methods to figure out how to get the most out of simpler tools.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 10-02-2010 06:06 AM

c what happens when you throw enough money at the craft?

u actually get 2% back ?

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#6 posted 10-02-2010 01:26 PM

I have to agree with Adam Cherubini on this: We’re ALL period woodworkers. State of the art is now CNC machines, and even our tablesaws are basically reproductions of early 20th century items.

I worked for years without a tablesaw and let me tell you, plywood in particular is a heck of a lot easier to work with one. On the other hand, nothing can take a thousandth of an inch off of the end of a board like a hand plane and shooting board. Shucks, just the other day I cut a piece of plywood flooring to length with my tablesaw, and then used its table for a support as I cut a notch in the plywood for a girder with a 19th century handsaw!

Don’t get hung up on tools – just have fun woodworking. With time, you’ll find the ones you prefer for different operations. I think that you’ll be surprised at how often those handtools can actually be quicker than their powered bretheren.

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#7 posted 10-02-2010 01:32 PM

I have been waiting for some real galoot to tell me he built his project using no tools at all…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#8 posted 10-02-2010 07:42 PM

Larry I have a stonemallet and stone knife in ordre made out of flint
but it dam hard to find a stonesmith with the right owen


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#9 posted 10-02-2010 08:42 PM

Don’t feel alone, I am also not a real galoot! Don’t tell anyone…

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#10 posted 10-02-2010 09:48 PM

I am a firm believer in that you use whatever is handy and easiest and most convenient at the time you are doing the project, being it power tools, hand tools, magic, sleight of hand! Use whatever works!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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