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#1 posted 10-14-2011 08:17 PM


One key advantage is cost. With a simple set of planes you can dimension any size workpeice (whether it is 2 feet wide or .5 inches wide) a top shelf set of bench planes (smoother, jack, jointer) would cost about 1200, but compare that to a top shelf 24” jointer/planer and you still come out way ahead. This cost mathing reallys starts to add up when you compare a fully equiped hand-tool shop vs a fully equiped powershop.

The shavings are a non-waste item in my shop…they just get used in the winter time to start fires to warm my home. I can’t way as much for the sawdust made from a power tool.

Oh, and for my time in the shop…it’s a heck of a lot more fun to take a peice of lumber through it’s paces queitly by hand, than to have to worry about the noise, dust and danger of powertools (not to say you can make a trip to the hospital with a misplaced chisel or hatchet…but the damage is certainly far less).

That’s why I do things the way I do.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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