Assume that there were no power tools in the world. Would you still be
a keen woodworker? Be honest.
I don't think I would, at least not to anywhere near the extent I am at
the moment. There would be so many things I would be unable to do, or
would be able to do in a crude manner. It would drive me nuts.
Frustration would reign. Does that make me a true Normite? (sigh) I
guess it does!
I would probably still be a woodworker, but would make smaller
projects. And they wouldn't look as good, at least for the next 10
years while my skills improve.
And I would probably buy s4s if such a think existed.
I think I'd have to make my own power tools first. Someone get me some
It would be tough to price a job when it takes a pile of wood to run my
table saw :-)
YES I'd still be a wood worker. No power tools, I might get to be a master
in my trade....
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| Assume that there were no power tools in the world. Would you
| still be a keen woodworker? Be honest.
I was a keen woodworker when all I had to work with was a pocket
knife - and can't imagine letting go of my enthusiasm.
If there were no power tools, I think I'd end up building 'em from
scratch - and at least some would be sun, wind, and water-powered.
DeSoto, Iowa USA
In my early years I did not have power tools. Took a lot longer to make
things. Later on I built a cabin in the mountains. No power available. The
hardest part was putting in a maple floor. Had to drill holes for all the
nails. Took a couple years, part time. I am thankful now for all my power
tools. Get a lot more done, better and fast. W W
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I would be a woodworker largely to the extent that I am currently: I
would do my best to make useful things for my family.
Honestly, it might even be more fun... it honestly depends on what you
enjoy more: the results or the process.
The hardest thing would be learning how to use a handsaw properly so
your cuts are straight enough to make planing more effective or even
unnecessary, depending on the use.
In a related note, if you haven't already, check out the Firefox series
of books (amazon has them). They're amazing collections of old-school
know-how and history.
I doubt I'd be a woodworker either. I have very limited time for the
hobby. If I had to make everything with power tools, my stuff would
come out looking bad and it would take 10 times as long to do it.
Most of my projects are "necessity" items like bookshelves, shelves for
toys, computer desks. They already get completed well after they are
needed. If I had to hand plane and join all the wood for a 6' by 32"
bookshelf, it would probably take me 2 years instead of 2 months (I
usually only have part of Sunday to do WW, occasionally some evenings).
Well, I'll be dating myself a bit here but when I started in the
industry we did not have half of whats out there today. I did have a
T/S a Circ Saw and electirc drills. We could call that the *Marginal
When I look back on it I believe we did better work - in general- than
is being turned out today.
So, if we were to go back further to say my Grandfathers day and look
at your question, I think I would have enjoyed it and the work would
be even better again.
Since I consider myself, at best, a slightly better than average
woodworker who is fortunate to have been in a position to acquire
great tools to compensate, maybe not. If everything were "manual" the
more artistic types would prevail and those of us who are not talented
in that way might be frustrated.
The longer I stay in the shop the more I want to use power tools only
for saving time, as when ripping or crosscutting large numbers of (or
just very long) boards, cutting cove and bead strips for a boat, or
scroll sawing. I try to do as much of the rest of the work as possible
by hand. I have come to dislike the crisp, clean lines of an object of
furniture that has been machined to Euclidean perfection. There's not
enough imperfect humanity in them for my liking, these days.
Yep. I've even been there, when I was first starting out- even when I
first got into turning, I used a bow saw, axe, and splitting maul to
harvest wood, then roughed the blanks with a handsaw. Of course now I
have and appreciate a chainsaw, but not having one never stopped me.
Even now, I do most fine shaping and finish work with hand tools
because they seem to have more control than a speeding hunk of
carbide. Not much of a stretch to do all of it without motors, though
I'd get a lot less done.
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