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Re: What makes the "handtool" look?

Derek Cohen (in Perth, Australia)
Hi Kees

The notion of furniture being "hand made" is only important to woodworkers, not the spouses of woodworkers, and clearly not the friends of woodworkers. Not one of my friends asks how I built something, and my wife never requests that I build something specifically with hand tools! :)

The difference between a piece that is made and finished with machines may or may not be different to a piece made by hand tools. There are hand tool users that will build furniture in a way that replicates machines, and there are machine users that are sensitive to the methods used by hand tool users of the past.

I think what you are asking is how to "soften" the work that you do - hard surfaces tend to look like they were completed on a jointer/planer. Hard edges can similarly look clinical.

My comment on previous occasions that this topic has arisen has been that, in part, this is a function of design and not tools and, in part, that the mere use of hand tools will leave a few irregularities, even when you strive for "perfect" work. I strive to do the best I can, and do not attempt to leave traces of tools used. Some do this, but I cannot identify with them.

At the end, I am not focussed on stating that the piece I built was "hand made" (because everything I build is, but no one is interested in that). Instead, I am focussed on stating that the piece is something I built, and if someone is interested I will describe the tools and methods used.

Regards from Perth

Derek

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What makes the "handtool" look?
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