Alright enough of the silliness and on to some serious stuff. First off is the announcement I hinted to last time, I have decided to use only hand tools when building furniture. GASP. Yes shocking isn't it considering I have some many power tools and love them all dearly. So why the change you ask? There's a lot of reasons and no one definitive answer. The big reasons are these; working as a carpenter I NEED to use power tools, cutting 2x4 with a handsaw while possible and good for the arms is not practical, so using power tools at work has to stay the same, but I am not under huge time crunches so I can use the power tools and this offers a nice change from work. The second reason is that of noise, hand tools are quiet working in a basement shop i feel bad making all that noise with a table saw not to mention that I have to wear hearing protection. With hand tools I can listen to my music and only worry about the sounds of Rage Against The Machine and Soundgarden disturbing the family. Finally and maybe the most important is that I find hand tool usage way more rewarding. Life is a journey and so to is building furniture. So if I use power tools its more like rushing and not as fulfilling as using a hand tool, it important to take life slow and enjoy and relish in every moment of it. So there you have it I am now off on this hand tool journey of mine I hope you tag along.
http://www.theunpluggedwoodshop.com/ Tom Fidgen is a hand tool only woodworker here in Ontario Canada and does some amazing things. Second is Shannon Rogers over at http://www.renaissancewoodworker.com/ and his hand tool school, you can join up and learn a lot of traditional techniques as well as belong to an amazing community.
Till next time cheers