Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Deming, New Mexico
How does this power tool work?
I have a very rare power tool on display in my shop that makes me smile a great deal. There is hardly a day that goes by that it does not re-create fond memories, recalling how it was presented to me from my old woodworking club, back in the days when I was a real novice in the hobby.
Here’s a short version of the story. In my old woodworking club in Sarasota, beside our normal monthly club meeting we had a workshop meeting every month. These meetings were just informal get-togethers in a different member’s shop every month. There were no formal programs, just woodworkers shootin the breeze, having a good time snooping around your shop, checking out how you had your shop set up, what your favorite tools were, and seeing projects you made. The workshop meetings were a favorite part of the club with everybody.
At the time I was heavy into building wooden telescopes, and in-between major projects I was building shop cabinets to finish building out my shop.
During one of these shop meetings at my place, near the end of the evening, an old English gentleman asked if he might make a personal inquiry? “ Of course, I answered!”
“Where are your hand tools,” he asked? His question kind of took me by surprise, so it took a second or two to figure out what he was talking about. Finally I pointed to the shelf under my workbench and started explaining how I like to keep all the different sanders, routers, electric drills, and other small hand tools right at hand, plugged in and ready to go so the work flow could go smoothly.
The old gentleman looked me right in the eye, and said, “Those are not hand tools, those are POWER tools.” At first I wondered what the heck he was taking about. They were the only hand tools I could think of at the moment!
At the next regular club meeting the guys made a big deal out of presenting me with an electric hammer – to go with all my other ‘hand tools.’ It has been hanging in my shop ever since that day, and it’s fun to watch when a visitor notices it, does a double take, and then gives me a very strange questioning look! I guess I am just a power tools kind of guy…
So, any suggestions on how to make better use this electric hammer?