QUESTION OF THE WEEK #1: Type of Woodworker?

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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 07-06-2011 03:07 PM 5763 reads 0 times favorited 74 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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What kind of woodworker are you?


“I am ….”

    1. “a galoot” – give me hand tools and I’m happy

    2. “a more power person” – power tools, hands down

    3. “a mixer” – just get the job done, whether it’s hand or power tools


-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#1 posted 07-06-2011 03:40 PM

I tend to be a mixer, but I must admit, I lean pretty heavily toward the power tools side of things…

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#2 posted 07-06-2011 03:41 PM

A mixer biased toward power tools.

-- Joe

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#3 posted 07-06-2011 03:43 PM

Mixer leaning more towards galoot every day, But I still need my planer & jointer & tablesaw & ... Well I am A mixer , what did you expect.


-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#4 posted 07-06-2011 03:52 PM

Galoot with a side of mixer.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 07-06-2011 03:53 PM

I’m a mixer. More power on commissioned pieces, more galoot on my own projects. Use the power tools to get things dimensioned, roughed out, then finish up the sizing and joinery with hand tools.

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#6 posted 07-06-2011 03:54 PM

heavy to power tool side

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#7 posted 07-06-2011 03:55 PM

Galoot..bit of mixer to git ‘er going..

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#8 posted 07-06-2011 04:07 PM

Galoot. A great workbench and hand tools (planes, specifically) opened up an incredible creative outlet for me and I’ll never look back.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#9 posted 07-06-2011 04:23 PM

A mixer, mostly leaning toward power tools. I am surprised how little I use a hammer in my shop projects, but few tasks bring the satisfaction of successfully using my chisels I am amazed at what can be built with the right power tool when accompanied by the precisely correct jig.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#10 posted 07-06-2011 04:25 PM

I’m a mixer, but strong on power tools

-- "Happiness is creating dust"

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#11 posted 07-06-2011 04:29 PM

I guess I am a mixer. There definitely is a place for both hand and power tools. I believe you should start with hand tools in learning woodworking. A good understanding of how to use hand tools is a necessity in mastering the power tools. That’s my opinion and I will stick with it.

-- Measure twice, cut once, and hope for the best.

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#12 posted 07-06-2011 04:30 PM

Mixer, Mixer, Mixer….

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#13 posted 07-06-2011 04:30 PM

More Power

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#14 posted 07-06-2011 04:33 PM

A mixer, and definitely heavy on the power tools. Love my chisels, use them, and I use a hand saw for crosscutting rough cuts. I have a few planes, but I’m not good at using them, and worse at sharpening them. I really, really want to make the wooden, pedal powered fret saw—is that “galoot”, “power”—as in foot-powered, or a mix???

-- Verna -- Indianapolis, IN

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#15 posted 07-06-2011 04:44 PM

A mixer for sure but get the most enjoyment when using hand tool especially hand plane and spoke shavers. Also enjoy using and band saw for creating band saw boxes and re-sawing. Just having the time to work the wood is what its all about. Thanks for the survey Deb. take care Blkcherry

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