Need an explanation of Tool Slaving or The Cooperative Workshop

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Forum topic by Texchappy posted 05-25-2012 10:26 PM 882 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-25-2012 10:26 PM

Was reading an Arts and Mysteries Blog from Adam Cherubini about chisel sizes. One concept he suggested was the cooperative workshop where chisels support plow planes support etc. I was told elsewhere that this is called tool slaving. I almost have the concept. This is part of the reason I asked about imperial measure chisels.

So can someone give me the dummies guide to tool slaving? Why is it important? Is it worth not getting any more metric tools over (i.e. Japanese chisels)?


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#1 posted 05-26-2012 04:49 AM

Hi Tony
I did a google search on tool slaving because I’d never herd of the term before . It’s not a concept that I can embrace but I’m sure there are those who would like to explore the concept further.

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#2 posted 05-26-2012 10:28 AM

I can visualize the concept of tools having a cooperative relationship with each other and limitations of one affecting limitations of another. I can take a few power tools for example. I have a 14 inch bandsaw with a 12 inch resaw capacity, a 13 inch planer, and a lathe with a 14 inch turning capacity. I use hand planes for jointing so I am not as limited on width as those with a 6 inch jointer, but I am not going to be able to run anything wider than 13 inches through the planer. I would not be interested in a bandsaw with 17-19 inch resaw capacity because I can not really benefit from the extended height due to the limitations of my planer and the limits of the turning capacity of my lathe. Tool sizing is determined by the equipment in my shop that has the least capacity.

Likewise, with handtools, I can see the advantages of keeping tool sizes in relation to each other so you are not spending an abundance of time trying to make precise ratio cuts with undersized or oversized tools.

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