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Forum topic by docholladay posted 08-09-2010 01:06 AM 2693 views 0 times favorited 40 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-09-2010 01:06 AM

Not sure is that is the correct use of the term Galoot. I think that, strictly speaking, a Galoot is someone that uses almost only hand tools in their work. I am not strictly a Galoot in that sense since I do use power tools some in my work, but the ultimate end result almost always comes down to the work that I do with hand tools before it is done. What I am getting at is that I want to connect with other LJ’s that really enjoy using hand tools as well as learning more about these tools. I would love it if we had a forum on LJ’s titled “Hand Tools Only” or maybe “For Galoots Only.” This would be a place where we could share ideas about tuning, and using of woodworking hand tools. Would any of you other LJ’s like to have something like that?



-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#1 posted 08-09-2010 01:17 AM

Im down with that. A galoot uses powertools very rarely I love the old ways thats true woodworking the other ways are switch working.


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#2 posted 08-09-2010 01:28 AM

I would like that as well. I am not a strict galoot either, but I have an obsession with planes and scrapers riight now. I need all the help I can get tuning and sharpening. Galoots have the luxury of working early in the morning or late at night with very little disruption to house or neighbor.

-- ShawnH "In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock." Thomas Jefferson

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#3 posted 08-09-2010 01:38 AM

I’d be very interested. I would say 98% of my work is done with hand tool. My preference is for Japanese planes, saws etc but I enjoy talking about all hand tools.


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#4 posted 08-09-2010 04:44 AM

While I’m not particularly fond of the term “galoots,” I would be interested in a hand tool forum.

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#5 posted 08-09-2010 04:49 AM

I get more unplugged with each passing day and more appreciation for the old tools. But at the same time, a different sub forum within lumberjocks would not keep me from reading all the other posts as well. I mainly just look at the “pulse” and work my way through the titles that sound interesting. I never know what category they are in until I click on them.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 08-09-2010 05:24 AM

I am with ya.
I have been collecting ALL kinds of woodworking hand tools.
Now it is time to learn how to use them properly.
I am not a True Galoot . My table saw is my pal.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#7 posted 08-09-2010 07:15 AM

This is a great idea. Sign me up!

I do most of my work by hand as well. my latest project, a nightstand companion to another I built, was made my hand except thickness planing on a power unit. All else by hand. Mortises with chisels, tenons with saws, etc. I love working with hand tools. Great stress reliever by the way.

-- Mike

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#8 posted 08-09-2010 09:32 AM

I gess you answered my question here Doc.
caunt me in :-)


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#9 posted 08-09-2010 11:27 AM

I hate old tools, I hate state of the art machinery, I hate wood in general!
So where do I sign up?
Big smile, yes ofcourse it would be a wonderful idea.
I have been thinking it would be nice with a knolage database, lihe the one with the jigs, I do not think it must become too complicated.
Best of thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#10 posted 08-09-2010 12:36 PM

I don’t know if we could get an actual forum for hand tools, but no reason we can’t all learn from each other. We can use the tools and techniques forums, just need to be sure to include the words hand tools in the title so it is easy to find. I’m also going to add all of you to my Buddy list so at the least, you can all be involved in my blogs and discussions.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#11 posted 08-09-2010 01:28 PM

I’m not particularly fond of hand tools. But as to the suggestion for a separate forum, you can self-designate your own category(sortof) by just inserting “HT-” at the beginning of all your HT specific posts. That way folks that like to look at both don’t have to go to two different places just to see the HT stuff. Go for it.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#12 posted 08-09-2010 01:36 PM

There are so many times when I wish I knew more about hand tools. Sometimes it seems like it would be the only way to fix one of my many boo boos. I would love to see a separate place for it here also!.

-- curious woodworker

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#13 posted 08-09-2010 01:42 PM

Rance that cuold bee an idea to use
but how do we get new L Js to know what HT stands for
when they see it in projects,blogs, forums, etc.
and people shuold remember to tag it with HT alittle like whats been done under projects


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#14 posted 08-09-2010 02:19 PM

I love hand tools and want to use them more and more. BTW, I’m a newbie here and I’m glad I came to this post because I’ve noticed the talk about using tags for your post to clarify the category. I haven’t been doing this. I must have missed this capability on the forum. Do any of you know where to go to find out about word and category tags.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#15 posted 08-09-2010 02:29 PM

I can understand people being focused on hand tools such as planes, saws, chisels, scrapers and such.

Do any of the galoot purists use a brace and bit as opposed to a power drill?

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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