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Posted on Are you a woodworker or a tool setter upper?

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TechRedneck

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#1 posted 06-11-2011 03:24 AM

I’ve only been at this hobby seriously now for a couple years. I have power tools and actually like to tune and tweak them to get them running their best. Typically, once they are setup correctly they stay that way.

TIME is important to me. I love to use the few hand tools I own and love the feel of a nicely sharpened plane or scraper. I am not a purist (yet) and can’t imagine hand planing a rough 4/4 board when I can run it through the planer and then the drum sander and get it to the point where I can make something with it.

For me, power tools to near finish then use hand tools afterwards. Since I started using scrapers, I am using a lot less sandpaper. It’s a lot quicker to plane some imperfections out than it is to put it through a machine IMHO.

I love power tools, hand tools, wood and learning how to combine all them to make something I am not afraid to give as a gift or put in my home. If I used only hand tools I am using too much of my TIME. Working too much with the power tools and you loose that connection with the wood.

I do think that Newage makes a good point however… we do talk a lot about tools but call ourselves “woodworkers.”

-- Mike.... West Virginia. "Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.". T Carlyle


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