Definition: Hand Tools Only
- using traditional hand tools
- no power tools
- no electricity
Yes, there ARE benefits of using hand tools only in woodwork! This is what I like about using hand tools instead of power tools.
- Less dust.
I have no need for face masks, air filters and bulky, noisy dust collection systems! Although, sometimes I get some dust in my face when I get my face really close to the saw. That’s annoying.
- Less space.
I don’t need a large shop to work. This is important for me because I don’t have a large shop! And, I’m a bit of a minimalist. Most of my tools fit into a fancy, handmade toolbox. This also means I can be mobile! Unfortunately, my tool box is really heavy, so I’ll have to work on the being mobile part.
- Less expense.
Well it might depend on what you buy, but none of my tools cost thousands of dollars! My most expensive tool was probably around $300. That was a splurge. I haven’t calculated how my shop compares to the cost of a power tool shop, but I’m pretty sure there’s a huge difference. I wonder if power tool guys also have a tool buying obsession…
- Less noise.
I still use hearing protection in some situations, like hammers and axes, but sawing and planing are not super noisy, even in my small workspace.
- Less danger.
Hand tools can still be dangerous and require caution! But, I do feel better about not having sharp things moving at high speed all by itself.
Apparently, I’m a less is more kind of guy.
A comment on dangerous tools:
Only my carving axe gives me fear for the safety of my digits. My best advice is only use dangerous tools when your mind is calm and clear. A reckless mind tends to stray from safe technique. My axe is one of my favorite tools. It has never bit me, and I intend to keep it that way.
How do you feel about using hand tools instead of power tools?