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

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Newage Neanderthal

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#1 posted 06-11-2011 03:44 AM

It is not about what tools, it is about what you do with those tools and what your mindset is. As I mentioned, Maloof rockers and bandsawn boxes I think is wood working. You are using a tool to work the wood. Ripping on a table saw is machine setup and then mindless activity. As far as handtools taking too long,this is a hobby to most of us, at least to whom I am asking the question. If the end product is all that matters then why not just buy it from a store or some other woodworker?
Also, I am NOT trying to say that doing it all by machine is some how bad or of lesser quality than by hand. I can assure that many powetool guys make much better end products that I do by hand.
All I am getting at is if 95% of your hobby time is setting up machines, and the topics you frequent are tool set up, then is it working wood really your hobby, or the machines? Time and the end product are irrelevant if its a hobby. (I fully understand why those are important to the pro)

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