This is my first topic since joining the forum and I would like others thoughts and experiences with hand tools.

Of course I like power tools and have a good collection. I also have a large number of traditional hand tools in my tool shed.

From a personal perspective if it's possible to do a job with hand tools then that's my preferred choice. There's nothing quite like using physical effort and skill to complete a job using a hand drill, various saws, hammers, spanners, screwdrivers and a plane. Only the other day the strong winds broke a large fence panel and I entirely rebuilt and repaired it using hand tools only.

Earlier today I climbed and pruned a tall tree in my garden using a pruning saw and hand croppers only. Very satisfying.

A rare sight today. So many men pay other people to do these jobs that any real man should be only too eager to do themselves. It gives us real men an opportunity to show our manly skills in public and set a good example to others.

Hand tools are great for car repairs and all of those DIY jobs around the house too.

As you can probably gather I'm an enthusiast for hand tools. Any more of you out there?

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Sounds like someone who's never done it for a living.

Indeed, I'm employed in a different profession like most of us on here Shane

If I haven't worked with hand tools professionally my whole life I would enjoy it as well. I worked as a contractor for six years before I joined the military and I enjoy the occasional wood project by hand now that I have not done it for ten years. I have been a mechanic for the last ten and I do not enjoy working on my vehicles anymore after work. After fixing things that idiots break all day the enjoyment is gone. 

Yes Wayne. Understand what you're saying here. I used to be a joiner/shopfitter myself years ago before retraining and entering a different profession. For speed we used mainly power tools but at school I used to really enjoy woodworking/metal working that involved using hand tools. Good to know that you still enjoy your woodworking projects.

They have their place.  Some jobs just need lopping shears, while others need a chainsaw.  But yeah, I'm a DIY guy myself.

It would be very enjoyable to use only hand tools, only if I had the time. My time has become too stretched to take real satisfaction in doing repairs around the house unless I use my power tools. I like to see a job well done, but I simply do not have the time to invest. After I retire completely, then I'd love to kit out my shop with the proper tools. My brother in law has a very well put together shop, and he uses tradional methods. He has created some wonderful pieces of furniture for his home and others. though he has the luxury of being retired, with all the time in the world.

Good point John A. Time is a big factor here. I'm one of the few lucky ones who works 4 full days then has 3 days off so it gives me the time for doing other things.

Your brother in law sounds like he's putting his retirement to good use. good for him.

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