Messages

Subject:
Re: The hand tool debate rages on......

Hank Knight
Bill, I couldn't agree more. I'm not a hand tool purist but I do rely on hand tools for a lot of tasks. I am not interested in getting hot and sweaty dimensioning rough stock with hand tools. I have machines for that. But when it comes to close fitting and finishing surfaces, hand tools beat machines hands down. I can't imagine shaving .001" from, a joint with my table saw or my jointer. But it's snap with a plane. Tuning mortise and tenon joints is grist for the hand tool mill, but not for power tools. By the time I set up my Leigh dovetail jig and consult the instruction manual, I could have cut a dozen dovetails with a saw and a chisel. I'm not about to give up my machines, but I'm not about to give up my hand tools either.

© 1998 - 2017 by Ellis Walentine. All rights reserved.
No parts of this web site may be reproduced in any form or by
any means without the written permission of the publisher.

WOODCENTRAL, P.O. BOX 493, SPRINGTOWN, PA 18081