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#1 posted 02-21-2017 03:10 AM


The one regret I have is that when I started woodworking I went straight to power tools. They are great to use and make projects go faster. With good tools and a little knowledge, power tools help can produce great results relatively quickly. My regret is that I never spent enough time to become proficient with hand tools and I am a little too old and well-equipped to learn now. If I could get a do-over though, I would probably build some projects with hand tools. I suspect my skill level would advance at a greater rate and I could enjoy the peace and quiet of working in a relatively dust free environment. Then, as I would become proficient with hand tools and saving my money all the while, I would likely move toward power tools for larger and more complex projects.

YouTube makes the proper use and maintenance of hand tools very accessible. One example is Paul Sellers who I think is a gifted teacher. The link is to his approach to milling lumber with the hand plane.

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