Can todays modern workshop make do without traditional hand tools? Ralph Laughton investigates
To the casual observer there seems to be an ever growing divide between the power tool junkie and the traditionalist hand tool user. The check shirt and tool-belted enthusiast with a workshop full of power tools on one hand and the men in the brown coats who spend more time sharpening tools than using them....
This is, of course, the perception rather than the rule. Stereotyping is just as rife in woodworking as it is in every other walk of life. It is true that we all have our preferences, our own comfort zones, if you like. I must nail my flag to the mast here and say that I do prefer the steady progress of a hand crafted piece. The sound and smell of a sharp edge making its way through the wood just cannot compete with the frantic destruction being inflicted by a router, screaming like a banshee, in full flight. Preferences aside, the reality dictates that a combination of both disciplines makes sense.
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