Luddite. Normite. Knuckle-dragger. Power hog.
There are lots of terms used to describe those who tend toward power tools and those who rely on hand tools as the primary method of cutting and shaping wood in their shops.
For some, woodworking means the whir of motors on routers, band saws, table saws and many other kinds of tools to quickly and efficiently build projects. For others, woodworking is a nod to the ways of our crafty ancestors through the use of hand saws, planes and other classic hand tools.
This week, how do you classify your shop? Are you exclusively one kind of woodworker, or do you blend the use of your tools to get to your final project?
10 thoughts on “Quick Poll”
Can’t we all just get along?
We can all hold hands and sing Kumbaya!
I started out with all power tools, but I’ve felt a strong pull towards hand tools lately. There’s just something about handcut dovetails that feels more rewarding than using a router jig to blast them out in 5 minutes.
What ever happen to just being a woodworker?
Much better catagory.
I’d be leaning more towards power tools if I hadn’t just picked up 3 vintage planes on vacation. Still, I do like tools that plug in.
Guys, if it’s sharp and makes sawdust or shavings I’m in.
Whatever suits the situation best at the time.
A woodworker has to be versatile.
I agree with Eric. I strive to be efficient, and using the right tool for the task at hand is a key factor in that.
I find a whole lot of power in my hand tools…