WTF is the problem with a biscuit joiner? Really good for aligning glue
ups, attaching face frames, building carcases etc. I use nail guns for
decks, sheds etc. I don't use them for cabinet work except for a pin
nailer that is great for attaching molding etc. Power tools can save time
and in many cases be more accurate. Try felling a tree, limbing it,
sawing it into lumber, sizing the lumber, planing the lumber, hand
forging or forming any needed hardware and constructing a piece of
furniture or trimming out a staircase, wainscoating etc. using only
handtools. Would you be an artist, craftsman or carpenter?
Did you ever restore furniture? It's interesting to see the type of
hardware that was used to trim out and secure furniture from the
nineteenth century (a lot of nails and screws. Does a nail care if it is
hammered or driven? Does a screw care if it is turned by a hand or
A craftsman is a craftsman and an artist is an artist. Call an artist a
craftsman and see what happens (they'll think you're a twit). Call a
craftman an artist and some of them will glow; true craftsmen will think
you're easy to impress.
Norm is a carpenter (I'm a carpenter that makes a living at it) that
builds furniture and stuff, for money, on a TV show. Wish I could do
that. I like to build funiture and stuff and every once in awhile a
member of the unknowing will call me an artist (a bullshit artist I will
own up to. I was once a bullshit craftsman, but I've advanced since
then). I would prefer to be called a craftsman or a good carpenter. I
consider myself just a woodworker.
The old ways worked, but woodworkers (and every other craft) looked for
easier more efficient methods and tools. It's called progress.
Don't knock Norm, knock Bruce (he can't use hand or power tools).
Hank (had a few Ottercreek ESBs)
I'm not saying you shouldn't use power tools. But how often do you
see a highly skilled cabinet maker pull out the nail gun or the biscuit
I like Norm and I learn a lot watching him. Be he does things that makes
you wonder . . .
He's an Arrrteast! ;~) The stuff I heard him talk about and demo at a show
last fall seemed to take him completely out of the cabinet maker or
carpenter categories... gilding and bent laminations.
Marks is one of/or the best cabinetmakers I've seen. I don't necessarily
like his style, but his craftsmanship is something else. I bet Norm would
love David's 'Aircraft Carrier' jointer or David's multi-router (I would).
How many highly skilled cabinet makers do you know? I know several. They
use many of the tools that Norm uses. I'm not sure what 'highly skilled
means' or what an artist truly is. I am very wary of anybody that refers to
themselves as "Artists".
I am lowly skilled, but I recognize when a biscuit joiner or pin nailer is
the best way to go.
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