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Forum topic by Texchappy posted 05-14-2012 08:17 PM 1661 views 0 times favorited 29 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-14-2012 08:17 PM

What are yours?

I’ll start…

It is hard to ACCIDENTALLY saw off your own hand

-- Wood is not velveeta

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#1 posted 05-14-2012 08:19 PM

They don’t cheat on you, don’t spend your money, and don’t drink your beer.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 05-14-2012 08:25 PM

They’re easier to blend into the shop without the wife noticing. She tends to notice a new table saw or drill press.

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

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#3 posted 05-14-2012 08:30 PM

Not true Al, I hate to tell you this but I think I saw your plane in the hands of another man yesterday.. ;)

For me, they can make me feel more personally connected to any project that I have in which I use them. Sometimes they are the best option available to perform a task and not having them or knowing how to use them can limit your ability to respond to different issues you might encounter when woodworking. Which is also the reason why I work with power tools as well.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#4 posted 05-14-2012 08:31 PM

I’m probably gonna get some heat for this – but power job just isn’t that much fun ;)

but on a serious note- they are easier to hang off in a the tool cabinet.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 05-14-2012 08:51 PM

It takes up a lot less space, is quieter, and less dusty.

It also provides some exercise.

-- Charles from California

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#6 posted 05-14-2012 08:53 PM

it’s more soothing to me to use hand tools than power tools… hand tools are for when I want to create something, and power tools are for when I want to get something done…

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#7 posted 05-14-2012 09:01 PM

I can focus more fully on the piece being worked and it’s place in the project vs. concentrating on the piece doing the work.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#8 posted 05-14-2012 09:02 PM

All great reasons, so far, especially Al’s. :-) It’s also much harder to develop skill using hand tools, in my opinion. Cutting a perfectly straight line on a table saw is easy. Doing the same with a handsaw takes much more practice.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#9 posted 05-14-2012 09:05 PM

Less sawdust and much less airborne sawdust. Quieter,
meditative and using them teaches you an accurate
understanding of wood power-tool only workers
don’t have the opportunity to acquire.

In many cases using hand tools is a more efficient way to
do a workshop task. Learn to sharpen your tools very
well and it all goes much smoother. Many people try
to make straight or accurate cuts with hand saws which
are not set up for cutting joints. The old way is you make
a straight cut and when the edge is crooked you just
fix the edge with a plane.

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#10 posted 05-14-2012 09:05 PM

I like the accuracy of hand tools and the craftsmanship of the items made.

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#11 posted 05-14-2012 09:25 PM

You necessarily do things slower and with more control.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#12 posted 05-14-2012 09:31 PM

The awesome sound of a well tuned hand plane peeling off paper thin shavings is a joy in itself…

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#13 posted 05-14-2012 09:44 PM

Sitting in the lotus position, OOMMMMMMM!
Oh well….......
The hand tools are just fun to use. ‘Specially when ya get ‘em all slicked up.
Just makes me wanna purge when I see some of them having been left under water for the last 20 years.
There oughta be a law (just what we need-more laws).


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#14 posted 05-14-2012 09:48 PM

When they land on the concrete floor, they make that sound that wakes you up…............

-- mike...............

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#15 posted 05-14-2012 09:55 PM

Although power tools have their place so do hand tools, IMHO. The satisfaction you get, well, at least I get from using a hand tool exceeds what I get using power tools. If I have to make one drawer, I will hand cut the dovetails, if it’s two or more, it’s over to the router and jig. In the beginning I couldn’t afford power tools, using hand tools now grounds me and brings me back to my roots.

Oh yea, and much easier to hide a new hand tool from the wife, than a power tool LOL.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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