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03-20-2007 02:10 PM

Hi all,
Just wondering how many aspire to be knuckledraggers here? I have been moving more and more towards those ends as I move into my new shop.

I’m really into handplanes, brace&bit and saws. I really like the quiteness, less dust and generally overall good feeling they give me.

What are your thoughts?


-- Jimmy

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#1 posted 03-20-2007 03:17 PM

I’m more into the noise and speed of the power tools.

But I’m getting my sharpening skills honed, and I do a little hand planing and chisel work.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 03-20-2007 03:52 PM

Hi Jimmy:

I might be a galoot, but I don’t adhere to the dictionary definition that describes a person who is “clumsy or uncouth.” Well—- at least one out of two <grin>.

I build rustic furniture according to my family’s five generation tradition. I lean toward non-power tools but only because I believe they are best for my chosen genre. However, I also believe that I am a skill-based craftsman. Regardless of the type of tools I choose, I place high priority on mastering my tools. You can’t buy skill.

So, call me a galoot if you wish. Meanwhile I’m selling everything that I make and paying a very low electric bill. <grin>

Chorus: “I’m a LumberJock and I’m okay. I sleep all night I work all day.”

-- 温故知新

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#3 posted 03-20-2007 04:15 PM

Jim, I have been leaning more towards handtools lately too but after buying 2 new Lie Nielsen planes I have had to work hard lately to hone my sharpening skills (I really thought that for the money I paid for them a guy coming home with me to sharpen them was part of the deal… darn).

From chisels to plane blades to gouges and more, good sharpening skills is such an important part of basic handtool woodworking. And making it pleasurable. I have had to make a habit of spending probably a half hour of each time I go into the shop just sharpening up stuff. But I have to admit if feels really nice sliding that razor sharp edge through that wood.

Anyway, I’m with you about the quiet and less dust… that’s for sure.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#4 posted 03-21-2007 02:20 AM

Woodworking has been a rewarding hobby for me. It’s therapeutic in many ways. A certain level of satisfaction and accomplishment comes from using hand tools during my therapy sessions. Truing a joint with a hand plane, that’s giving shavings that you can read through, and leaving a glass finish in its wake is still a big rush for me.

I spent many years frustrated by hand tools due to my own ignorance. I learned to sharpen my tools and my work became better then I ever imagined. I now can concentrate on improving skills, creating more complex projects.

One can argue the virtues of power tools verses hand tools all day, but it is a matter of choice. Work safe, and enjoy your tools, weather or not you plug them in.


-- Nicky

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#5 posted 03-21-2007 03:07 AM

I also enjoy hand tools. There is something rewarding about working with wood at this level. I’ve been hunting out old tools and restoring them to use in my day to day wood working. Speed is not an issue, if I was doing this for money, I would probably be going hungery.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 03-21-2007 03:49 AM

I”m in both camps…

Just as likely to take a break from the power tools to pick up a hand one, or vice versa

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#7 posted 03-21-2007 09:30 AM

I’m for the right tool for the job at hand. Sometimes it is a hand tool other times it is a power tool.

If all tings are equal I tend to use a power tool, unless it is late at night or early on sunday morning.

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#8 posted 03-21-2007 03:23 PM

If it’s a tool, I’m all for it. Hand tools, power tools (the more power, the better). It’s it’s made to work wood, use it, if it’s made to work metal, alter it. If it advances the wood trade, buy it.

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#9 posted 04-09-2007 05:02 AM

I ama galoot through and through. No electrons are sacrificed in my pursuit of wood butchery.
For me wood working is a way to relax rather then pay any bills, so the time it takes doesn’t make too much difference to me.

-- Geoff Webb, Spokane WA

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#10 posted 04-09-2007 05:57 AM

I call myself a Geezer, I passed Galoot a long time ago. I like power tools for woodworking, but when it comes to carving, you can’t beat handtools.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#11 posted 12-07-2007 04:40 AM

Arrrgh, more power! I am able to find a meditative calm either in the quiet of handtools or the wondrous cacophony of spinning steel!

-- Living on the square...

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Douglas Bordner

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#12 posted 12-07-2007 07:47 AM

Tom(Mot) finally clarified the etiology of the term Galoot for me.
It’s an acronym for: Gregarious Association of Lovers Of Old Tools.
closely related to the term Neanderthal which is one who prefers hand tools to power tools.
I have preferred power tools in all situations, but I have begun to use hand tools when it suits the needs at hand.
And I have been infected with the disease of rehabilitating old handplanes.. I blame David, WayneC and Thos. Angle. Actually it’s rather rewarding.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#13 posted 12-07-2007 01:14 PM

I use both. However, there is a certain ‘rush’ when using a well sharpened hand plane and you peel off a very thin full length ribbon of wood.

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#14 posted 12-07-2007 02:03 PM

Definitely part galoot, part devil tailed tool user. For thicknessing, ripping, and mortising, I rely on power tools, I gotta admit that my plunge router is way better at mortises than am I with chisels. For most all other tasks I use hand tools.

I’m getting to the point in my hand tool use that I need, and want to learn to sharpen my saws. I think that definitely makes one a galoot.

-- Just another woodworker

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#15 posted 12-07-2007 02:04 PM

The best meditation time i find is a piece of sandpaper in my hand. Its like one of the few task in woodworking where you can let your mind wander and run on pure instincts.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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