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Forum topic by AnttiN posted 07-21-2020 09:58 PM 687 views 0 times favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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AnttiN

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07-21-2020 09:58 PM

Topic tags/keywords: portable hand-held power-tool

Well, okay, I’m very attracted to the Roy Underhill-style, purist, hand-tool-only, geezer-ethic, but I’ve never actually gone there myself. I wonder though if we were somehow, post apocalypse, forced to go to a hand-tool only workshop, but were somehow miraculously given the option to include up to five portable, hand-held, power tools (cordless or otherwise), what would you choose to include in you own kit? As for me, these are the portable power tools I would include, in order of importance to me:
-3/8” reversible drill,
-router,
-jig saw,
-random-orbit sander,
-circular saw,
I could live with those, and consider myself lucky to be given that option. What different choices would you make for your own kit? We can argue about brands and models later, and forever.


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Don W

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#1 posted 07-21-2020 11:47 PM

I don’t think I use 5 “hand” power tools. I do use a circular saw, but a.good set of hand saws would do fine. I do use a cordless drill, but a decent bit brace would do. I’d gladly give up the orbital sander, that I probably haven’t used in a year or more for woodworking. I use the router, bit I’d be ok with a good rasp for what I typically use it for. I like my Dremel. I would however miss the table saw and band saw. And I’d probably sell my Saw Mill if I couldn’t use.my power planer.

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#2 posted 07-22-2020 01:05 AM

I only use a power planer for large volume work so I’d take that along with the DC. My every day kit is all hand tools at home. I volunteer doing restoration work and there I am a hybrid woodworker though I am slowly converting others to the “right” way. :-)

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#3 posted 07-22-2020 02:14 AM

Circular saw, planer for processing rough stock.

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

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SMP

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#4 posted 07-22-2020 02:36 AM

Paul Sellers who does mainly hand tools still uses a bandsaw for the grunt work, and a cordless drill. Richard Maguire i believe uses a bandsaw, planer and hollow mortiser. I think for me since you said handheld portable, it would be:
Tracksaw
Cordless drill/driver

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sansoo22

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#5 posted 07-22-2020 03:14 AM

It depends on if I’m building furniture and cabinets or defenses to keep the hordes at bay.

Furniture and cabinets its track saw, jig saw, router, drill, and sander

Keeping the hordes at bay worm drive circ saw, sawzall, hammer drill, 3/8 impact, and 1/2 impact

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#6 posted 07-22-2020 03:37 AM

I’m new to hand tools so I need my table saw, can sharpen a crosscut saw yet, my planning suck so i need my orbital sander, can’t do with out my band saw or reversable 3/8th electric drill. Those 3 are what I use most, but I don’t do a lot of wood work so far

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therealSteveN

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#7 posted 07-22-2020 07:11 AM


I wonder though if we were somehow, post apocalypse, forced to go to a hand-tool only workshop
- AnttiN

I think most are looking at the Apocalypse from an “it doesn’t run” position.

Gonna stay with my TS, Jointer, Planer, wide belt sander, and whatever else works. I’ve had a whole house generator sitting behind the house for just such an occasion, well also storms, and the usual suspects. LP pipeline runs through the edge of the property, might be a moment or 3 of suspense, but If the end was near, they probably wouldn’t be checking the line for free jumpers. Could get dicey with a generator running if the Zombies were out walking around though, might have to build a wall.

-- Think safe, be safe

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controlfreak

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#8 posted 07-22-2020 09:52 AM

Well in a post apocalypse it will be comforting to know that Ted’s plans will have survived, kind of like cockroaches.

As I have recently bought a brace, eggbeater drill, combo plane and several handsaws along with the tools needed to sharpen them. I guess I should stock up on canned goods and I will be set. I am getting ready to start my first major hand tool build so I guess I will really like it or I will have a great sale on hand tools.

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#9 posted 07-22-2020 10:36 AM

I’ve been working wood since the mid 70’s, first as a union carpenter (left the trade in 1989), and a hobbyist ever since. Around 2000, I became a knuckle dragging neanderthal, selling ever powered tool I had, except my cabinet saw (would have sold it also, but getting into my basement was easier than getting it out). A half dozen years later, I drifted into becoming a “hybrid” woodworker and there I remain.

All should try doing at least one project without power, except your own. You’ll learn a lot about our hobby. Then decide how to make your hobby easier. For me, I now have a shop full of both styles of tools. I love my saws, my planes, my scrapers, but my powered table saw and bandsaw make life very easy.

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JCamp

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#10 posted 07-22-2020 11:38 AM

Table saw, thickness planer, cordless impact and circular saw and chainsaw.

I like what I heard the other day tho. I was listening to Robert Kiyosaki and he was talking about metals. He said there are 4 metals to invest in: Gold, Silver, guns and bullets. Lol. If it’s the apocalypse I’m leaning to the last two instead of handplanes. Lol

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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controlfreak

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#11 posted 07-22-2020 01:00 PM

I think it is time to not allow members to post a link until they have ten posts and been vetted. This is suddenly getting ridiculous.

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#12 posted 07-22-2020 01:18 PM

Yeah I reported him. who know he could b legit but for his first post he has a big spammer vibe. I do agree that if u have to post 3 posts before u are allowed to post a pic we probably need to have a similar rule for posting links

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#13 posted 07-22-2020 05:24 PM



Yeah I reported him. who know he could b legit but for his first post he has a big spammer vibe. I do agree that if u have to post 3 posts before u are allowed to post a pic we probably need to have a similar rule for posting links

- JCamp

he smelled spammy to me.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#14 posted 07-22-2020 07:20 PM

I prefer to use hand tools most of the time, but I do use my table saw for dimensioning wood. I use my thickness planer for convenience to get consistent thickness, but I do smooth with hand planes. I love my hand saws for many things (tenons, cross-cuts, coping) but I do not love ripping stock by hand, especially long stock. The other power tool I use all the time is my cordless drill. I’ll use a brace for anything over 1/4”, but it’s just so much more convenient to use a cordless drill for pilot holes, etc. The one power tool I have that has languished the most since my “conversion” is my router. I used to use it a lot for mortises, but it’s just more satisfying chopping them by hand and not having to set up a jig for every project. I tend towards my block and router planes for many things I used to do with my router.

-- –Chuck M. Nutmegger by choice

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AMZ

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#15 posted 07-22-2020 07:35 PM

Dip your toes into handtools that are fairly easy to see quick results: think in terms of a good block plane, a Japanese saw and maybe a chisel or three. Try these out to see if for you, and after a bit of experience then look to expand a bit.

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