The Basic is what matters

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Blog entry by Steven H posted 07-14-2012 02:57 AM 1806 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve seen these threads come up all the time. Like Is Festool worth it? Lie Neilson chisel vs Stanley chisels? Which one is the best? So on..

But There is one thing I want to say that is no matter how much you spend on a tool. In the end, it is the person using it. You can spend $60 on a chisel and not know how to use it properly. You can spend $400 sander that have these great features and still get swirl marks. In the end, it is understanding and knowing the basics. If you cant sharpen a $20 chisel, you can’t sharpen a $60. I’m not saying don’t buy these tools. What I’m saying get the basic right.

Like What Randy Pausch coach said,
“Fundamentals, Fundamentals, Fundamentals, you got get the fundamentals down or the fancy stuff wont work”

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#1 posted 07-14-2012 08:43 AM

good point steve

i was taught to do everything
with hand tools first
then some simple jigs
(like for marking rafter saddles)

then power hand tools (skils saws and routers)
then jigs for multiple parts for them

finally machine tools
and the jigs and fixtures for them

it still amazes me how many miss a step somewhere
and are stumped when i offer them a handsaw
to fix things
‘i never used one before’ is a common cry

had one carpenter that never owned or used a chisel
hacked at cutouts with the straight claw hammer

i bought him a set of 3 chisels
and showed him how to use them

he took pride in showing of his clean pockets then
you would have thought he invented them

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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