Power Tools vs. Hand Tools, and When Can You Modify the Design?

I am continuing to work my way forwards through back issues of the since discontinued magazine Woodwork.

If you are proficient with the tools at your disposal, the decision to use either hand tools or power tools can be based on pleasure or efficiency. I use a combination of hand and power tools, and my choice is usually based on which will produce a satisfactory result quicker with less effort.

The machinery is important for sizing and rough shaping, but much of the work in the shop is done with hand planes, chisels and carving gouges. It is not a production shop; handwork is often faster than setting up jigs and machinery for an operation that will only be done once or twice.

Kristian Eshelman in Master Craftsman Robert Whitley, in Woodwork issue #41, page 34, paragraph 4

In another article, the author writes about building a piece inspired by one that he saw, but made changes to suit his needs, aesthetics, and the materials he had available.

In you can appreciate what it is about the original that is so proportionally appealing, by all means change things according to your circumstances and rely on your own eye to preserve the spirit of the original.

Graham Blackburn in A Pepysian Bookcase: A handmade case-on-stand in Woodwork issue #42, page 46, paragraph 3

Read more on my page, Quotes from Woodwork.


One thought on “Power Tools vs. Hand Tools, and When Can You Modify the Design?

  1. Woodworking was a great experience to me. I was searching for some great power tools for my project, then i came across your post. I was building some classsic vintage bedroom for my client. Luckily i came across your post. To be honest i personaly like the power tools, i think they are easy to work on. When i was searching for new ideas for my project i came across these 1600 wood working ideas, which literally helped to earn some great ideas. And my skills just boosted and now i have loads of clients waiting for my work. If you are wondering were i got them i am leaving linking just in case if you want to check it out https://tinyurl.com/y8mwt7t8
    Anyway great post, i think power tools are the modern equipment and lets us do the final finishing easily..

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