I keep running across people on YouTube who, while they produce some beautiful work, I can’t understand why they refuse to use power tools to either make their work better, or to make it easier to produce good results.
I mean, I just watched a video on YouTube with some guy making a saw till and at one point he used a power drill and he actually apologized for doing so! It’s like he’s now a heretic for daring to perform the sacrilege of power tool usage against his holy hand tool religion. Seriously, I don’t get it.Now there’s nothing wrong with having a preference, if you want to do all of your work with hand tools, that’s no skin off my ass. Do what you want to do. But when I see people struggling with hand tools to do something that would take mere moments with a power tool, I quickly lose respect for that.
It would endlessly frustrate me to spend hours and hours meticulously chopping out dados and invariably making mistakes when I could hog it out in 2 minutes with a router and have perfect results every time. Some people might value the journey over the destination, but I value efficiency over frustration.
Don’t get me wrong, I have a ton of hand tools in my collection and they get used when, and only when, they are the right tools for the particular job. If I want to smooth a wide panel, I’ll reach for a #8 jointer plane. If I want a slippery smooth finish on a piece of exotic wood, I’ll grab a card scraper. My chisels get quite a workout on many projects. But so too does my table saw and my routers and my drills. They are simply superior tools to their hand-tool counterparts. I don’t care how much of an old-timey woodworker you want to pretend to be, a brace is not ever going to do a better job than a drill.
So someone, please explain to me why anyone would go to the extra effort and time to produce a result that simply is not as good as you can get with power tools faster and easier? Again, I don’t want to hear about preference, I want to hear about effectiveness. Tell me why the cordless method is objectively better. I can’t imagine anyone will be able to do so.