master sawdust maker
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Brush Creek tn (1 hour east of Nashville
Ever since the invention of the power tool. There has been the debate which is better, hand or power. This debate will continue until long after all of us are in our own pine boxes so to speak.
I feel that each tool has its place, be it power or hand opperated. To extend on this. I feel that in the professional shops power is the way to go when you have batches of the same piece to be made. and the job calls for it. I also feel that decent (not neccersarly the most expensive) hand tools compliment lesser quality power tools very well.
In my shop I have the basic big box store cheap power tools. I use these to get pieces close to final size. I take them to final size and do all of my joinery by hand. My skill with power tools matched with the sub quality of my power tools do not even come close to my skill with decent quality (mostly antique) hand tools.
I remember my old shop teacher from high school once said. use the tool that will get you the results you are looking for. key word was tool. not power nor hand.
Confidence does not come from always being right. It comes from not being afraid to be wrong.