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Forum topic by thebenchroom posted 10-08-2011 02:09 AM 860 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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10-08-2011 02:09 AM

Topic tags/keywords: plane chisel

It’s as if my power tools understand now why their colleagues and counter parts have gone missing….It’s also apparent that steel, dull or sharp can think on its own. What I mean to say by all of this, is during the course of this custom kitchen commission two of my major power tools have bitten the dust, pun intended. My air compressor was the last to go, but the cool part in this is I’ve found these perfectly awesome trim nails to take the place of my nail gun. I did however replace my router…

The path of changing out power for hand is a daunting task, especially when a major portion of income is derived from making dust. Eventually I vow to slay electrons no longer, and If I had more windows in my shop the lights wouldn’t be electron killing culprits either.

Back to these amazing nails…I hammered the crown molding for these cabinets using nothing but hammer and nail. I bent one, and that wasn’t the nails’ fault. Swinging a hammer with your weak hand isn’t something most woodworking books or magazines discuss, and those invaluable pieces of literature have been my teachers.

So weak hand(left) + hammer+ inexperience with a hammer=bent nail

Now learning to work wood in the 1990s there wasnt much time for hand planes, or hammers. Everything was done in a hurry and quality was replaced by quantity. Making these two rivals go hand in hand seems impossible in every job, but where there is a will right?

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#1 posted 10-10-2011 02:55 PM

Like most beginning woodworkers, we seek to build first and learn later. As time went on I slowed down and found that what may seem the best tool to use for a task isn’t always the case. I have found that using hand tools can be just as quick if not quicker in some cases.

When I teach young boys woodworking I start them with hand tools even though they want to use the machines. I have to explain to them that there are times when a machine can’t do what you want and that’s why learning to use hand tools properly can do what machines can’t at times.

As for nailing with a weaker hand or an awkward position. I have found using a pair of pliers to hold the nail while nailing gives you a broader and flatter surface to strike and support the nail and aid in preventing the nail from bending while nailing.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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