Turning Archive 2007

Subject:
***SURVEY: THE IDES OF JULY*** *LINK*

Ellis Walentine
>Hello again, folks, and welcome to the dog days of summer. It's time for our latest "Ides of..." survey, our bimonthly attempt to unravel yet another woodworking mystery, or debunk another myth.

Though it is not particularly turning related, one topic that has been widely debated in recent years is the issue of hand tools vs. power tools. Most woodworkers (but not all) would rather prepare and dimension stock with power equipment, saving their manual labor and hand tool skills for the final stages of a project -- the joinery, final surfacing and detailing. How do you decide which tool to use for a given job? What are the tradeoffs? What are the optimal efficiencies? Is there a formula, or can you develop a process for deciding on the fly?

As usual, in a week or so we will harvest your replies, strip them to their bare essentials and send them off to Woodworker West magazine for our next "News & Views" column, to appear in their September-October 2007 issue.

Thanks again for your participation!

Ellis Walentine, Host

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