Hand Tools

Subject:
Re: Factory?
Response To:
Re: Mortise technique ()

Steve Voigt
Bill, I don't know what you mean by "factory." Until the 1820s here, and WWII England, joiners and cabinetmakers mostly worked in small shops, not factories. Furniture and millwork made in factories is made by machine, and not relevant to Wiley's question.
Wiley gave a good answer to your question; I'll just reiterate and extend. We study old methods, as in Roubo or Nicholson, because it provides clues to how things were done when everything had to be done by hand, and a mortising machine was simply not an option.Twentieth century texts on hand tool work are rife with misinformation because they were often written by people who didn't actually work by hand much. So if one wants to work by hand, it's better to go back to sources from before the machine tool era.

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