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post #21 of 28 Old 10-19-2017, 07:56 PM
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post #22 of 28 Old 10-20-2017, 03:42 PM
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I must admit to being a bit puzzled;what is the problem with using a plane just as our ancestors did?The hobby of woodworking may be enjoyed more with a wider range of skills and why would anybody resist the opportunity to enlarge the range of skills they can call upon?Maybe there should be a subset for those who wish to be button pushers and switch operators instead of acquiring the ability to deal with any woodworking challenge.There are tools that don't have switches-just saying.
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If I had to rely on manual tools to do my woodworking I would not be in woodworking. In the first place my manual dexterity is no where near as accurate/good as modern machines. I can barely cut a straight line with a Japanese type saw, let along the standard type used in the USA.


Second, I just do not have the time to do the work that way. Or at least did not have the time before I retired.

Using old style manual manual tools is not for everybody, and anyone who does not do so should not be castigated for doing so. Whether you are "just sayin" or whatever.

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Yes, you don't have to use just hand tools to be a woodworker. For a long time, I didn't. Then people started giving me old stuff and I refurbished them into usable condition. I came across James Krenov's writings and started using those tools. He used both kinds of tools, but you could see his preference and his reason for using them. As my skill grew with hand tools, so did the quality of work and the enjoyment of woodworking. Now, I'll grab a hand saw as often as an electric saw. Right now, I'm building a stand for my bench top drill press and everything has been done with hand tools. Kinda ironic, building a stand for an electric tool with hand tools.

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If I had to rely on manual tools to do my woodworking I would not be in woodworking.
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I believe I have said those very words numerous times in my life George.


I log with a guy that's so backwoods, he's still got an outhouse. No AC and no Heater. He does things with old hand tools that take him half a day, that I do in 15 minutes with my electric and cordless gear. Alan makes the most amazing things, out of scraps and firewood by my standards. He and I go at each other in good fun quite often.


He has told me, " I tell you what Buckwheat, turn off the lights and you're just another fool about to chop you're foot off with an axe!".
That one's sure a big blow to my country boy self image.:frown2:

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I was afraid to mention hand tools because I have had my Hans slapped for doing so on other threads. :)

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If I had to rely on manual tools to do my woodworking I would not be in woodworking. In the first place my manual dexterity is no where near as accurate/good as modern machines. I can barely cut a straight line with a Japanese type saw, let along the standard type used in the USA.


Second, I just do not have the time to do the work that way. Or at least did not have the time before I retired.

Using old style manual manual tools is not for everybody, and anyone who does not do so should not be castigated for doing so. Whether you are "just sayin" or whatever.

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I don't disagree with you, but sometimes a hand tool is the best tool for the job

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the skills and plane (s) required to straighten and smooth the end grain of a slab which is 5" think, would be amazing to me!
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