As I have grown older, now 62, I have found that whenever possible I use both smaller power tools and even smaller hand tools. I often turn to my power hand tools instead of using my table saw or even my bandsaw. Instead I use my jig saw and small power saw (5-1/2” blade) with the necessary straight-edge jigs. My block plane is my best friend and I made sanding blocks from sections of hand railing (about 6” long). This along with moving to more non-powered hand tools seems to make my shop more peaceful. There is something about the sound of an electric jigsaw that is comforting. At times it seems like a small sowing machine in operation.
I really appreciate all the wonderful “Welcomes” I received yesterday when joining this site.