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Posted on Hand Planes - Why?

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#1 posted 03-08-2013 03:05 AM

IMHO, using hand tools (planes, spokeshaves, chisels, etc) is just more fun. I don’t have to turn on the dust collector, I can listen to music or TV, I don’t have to wear safety glasses, and I can relax and not have to worry about losing a finger or 3. Yes, you can still hurt yourself using hand tools, but you have to work at it. The other aspects that have already been mentioned are also part of it, especially the sanding. I hate sanding. There are also times when its just quicker/more efficient. I can make some really nice molding using a couple of planes in less time than I can set up a router table.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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