I was cutting dovetails in my garage yesterday, when I got a call from a friend who needed some MDF cut for her house. When she arrived with the strip of MDF to be cut, I pulled out my electric jig saw. This was the epiphany; that I hadn’t touched a power tool for about 3 months! That is a rare thing for me, as there’s always carpentry stuff to do around the house.
I can fit all my hand tools in a small cabinet I built that sits right on my workbench. My power tools take up a full 1/4 of my one-car garage, I swear! And now they’re largely just sitting there collecting dust. I now recognize that I can make squarer, more precise pieces with my hands than I think I ever could with electrics. Sure, hand tools take me longer, but it’s totally enjoyable and worth the time.
Amazing how hand woodworking has transformed my way of thinking. Paul Sellers was right.
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