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Forum topic by Pete Pedisich posted 02-26-2011 11:31 AM 1069 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Pete Pedisich

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02-26-2011 11:31 AM


I’m new to Lumberjocks, and I’ve been woodworking for about 10 years. In that time I’ve been slowly purchsing tools, increasing in quality as I learned more.

I began buying Festools and really liked the dust collection. But after about my 8th Festool I started feeling like I had developed an unbalanced relationship between my tools and my work. I am a hobbyist, and they just sat there for months sometimes, and when a new model came out I thought “I must have it”

Every time I used hand tools I felt the connection I had lost with my fancy power tools. So I’ve been slowly researching and replacing my power tools with hand tools. I still intend to keep my Festool TS55 and vac, as they are used on every project, and I still consider all the Festools I’ve owned as first-rate machines. But I work at job that I have no passion for, and when I get some time to work wood it’s like life couldn’t be any better. So anything that gets in the way of that is gone. Life’s too short. Hand tools have reignited my passion for woodworking.

OK, by now your wondering when is he going to stop with this wandering nonsense! so here’s my question: I wish to build a Traditional German Style Joiner’s Cabinet (of which there is an excellent example on this forum) and would like to know if anyone here has done this in a mobile version? I often do site work at outdoor sites (barn door builds, etc.) and I’d like to take my saws, chisels and planes in my station wagon to the site.

Thanks for listening!


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#1 posted 02-28-2011 04:08 PM

Pete – unfortunately I have no answer for you. I just wanted to say that you wrote exactly how I’ve been feeling lately as far as the job with little/no passion, and the escape that woodworking provides. This included with the recent move towards hand tools because the time in the shop provides an escape for me, and doesn’t need to be sped up for me with power tools. There’s always a time and place for them, but something about the “old” way of working wood provides a bit of solitude….

Thanks for writing this, and good luck with you search.

-- Life is a one lap race.

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#2 posted 02-28-2011 04:31 PM

Welcome to lumberjocks, and like Pete, I can’t help with your specific question but wanted to let you know that your move to handtools mirrors my own.

When it comes to boxes and cases for tools, I think the best designer of them is the end user of them. I always start with a list of requirements that I have based on the way I see myself using it, then I research similar builds around the web, then mix in my own personality a bit, and see what plans develop from the combination. Good luck with yours.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 02-28-2011 04:38 PM

I don´t know it is Nicholas´s cabinet blog serieyou are refering to

but you in a dirty DIY way slap two cabinets together back to back
have wheels under and lock the doors with a few thrugh holes in the top
or simple just ad wheels back of the bottom and two handles at the top
just like a sack/bag carrier or what the name is in english


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