I am new at making furniture and the books ask that we learn
the basic skills by hand but I am finding hand tools to be - on the one hand
pure and true to the origins of the craft - but on the other hand - very hard
to learn to use comfortable - I am ruining a lot of nice stock and its neatly
cut edges and surfaces with my tools - is it worth persisting or is woodwork
the realm of power tools now?
Taps and dies
Hi, when I was learning woodworking years ago, I attended an evening adult woodworking class at the local high school. Everything I learned there involved power tools. So as I started collecting tools over the years they were all power, and once my shop was pretty near complete I quit the classes. I know my Grandpa did alot with hand tools but me, I don't have the patience. For what ever it's worth I like the power tools, and there are so many out there that do pretty much everything, my motto is you can never have enough tools.
I would suggest both hand and power. There are somethings that a power tool cannot do detail wise that hand tool can do with better control but I also love power tools because they do cut down on the time it takes to do certain things.
Probably fighting to fix something or on my way to Home Depot.
Hi Danis, I agree that a combination of both hand and power tools is a good choice. Some small stuff need to be handled by handtools that can reach small areas that require delicate workmanship like perhaps wood carvings. For other bulky stuff like large furniture such as cabinetry or dining tables, power tools would come in handy. If you think you are ruining a lot of nice stock while on handtools, then try working on the same nice stock using power tools and see if you are able to achieve the results that you desire. If yes, then proceed with power tools. The objective is to use the tools that are within your comfort zone to produce great results.
I was talking to a person who is in the chair hire business, and he recently got into handicraft and carpentry. After mastering the craft of making chairs and tables, he decided to make a new addition – customizing chairs for small weddings. It got so popular, that some chair hire businesses decided to buy the 2nd hand chairs he made.
When I started off years ago I thought that things were so hard to do right because I didn't have the money for good power tools. I eventually bought the power tools one at a time and got myself into other trouble. I learnt how to sharpen the hand tools, how to use and maintain them correctly and now prefer them where possible, but then again I am retired. I work mainly with tropical woods like Teak and so on so. You can't beat a good circular saw though!
My great uncle was a master carpenter. He had quite a collection of the best tools. My dad got all his stuff when he died. My dad died this year, and I got all of both these guys tools. I have purchased a lot of stuff myself over the years. I am now the proud owner of at least 2 of everything. I will probably never buy another router or drill bit! Except for the ones i break off or that cordless one or .....maybe some other addiction would be cheaper!
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