A Strategy for Woodworking #44: Hand Tools

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Blog entry by Gary Rogowski posted 02-23-2015 04:10 PM 1826 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 43: Tools Have Magic Part 44 of A Strategy for Woodworking series Part 45: Expectations »

Spending time with the hand tool crowd this past weekend brings to mind some ideas about utility. And why not? The right tool for the job depends on many factors like skill, economy, and cost. Not just the quiet of the shop alone gets weight in this decision. How many times does a jig get made on the saw and drill press in order to work later on by hand?

These choices we make to use hand tools or powered ones are driven by our need to build work. Sometimes building the product wins at my bench; sometimes enjoying the process is more important. And sometimes both win and that’s when I am usually the happiest.

But the best advice is to use the best tool for the job at hand. Have many tools at your disposable and choose the right one for the job, the day, or the deadline.

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#1 posted 02-23-2015 04:17 PM

“Have many tools at your disposable” – I will show this quote to my wife when she asks why I am spending money on another tool when I already have so many….

Thanks for sharing your thoughts Gary, I love your blog, it’s nice to think about why we do things in order to improve what we do.

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#2 posted 02-23-2015 06:03 PM


I’m sure it’s my “Chaos” but my shop seems to be getting smaller with each new tool “I need”, and have not used, or seldom use these days. In the process of using all my tools in prototypes I am designing and making.

Good thoughts!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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