Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Castle Rock, CO
I'm new to woodworking, but it only took me a few classes to realize I do not enjoy working with power tools. too much noise, too much dust, and the suckers are flat out dangerous. Yeah, yeah, I know. Respect the tools and all that. Still, I don't like donning protective gear just to cut a board, and I already have tinnitus so don't need power tools damaging my hearing further. I also studied environmental science in college and know about the health hazards of breathing all that dust. Philosophically, I enjoy taking my time and using human-powered tools to work wood.
Having said that, my wife and I plan to build our retirement home in a few years. We'll build a shop first so our son and I can do most of the finish out work (cabinets, flooring, etc.). Having no desire to do that much work by hand I'll get some power tools to speed some of the processes. Don't even want to think about cutting flooring by hand. My son likes working with power tools, but he's going to have to wait because our present shop is a 12x13 room in our house. I doubt the dogs would appreciate me firing up a powered planer inside. They howl at the vacuum cleaner.