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?

Views: 154

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

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.

RSS

Latest Activity

Kevin Collier replied to Ian Wilson's discussion don't hand me a fish; teach me how to fish. in the group Concealed Carry Club
"The MecGars are excellent mags, they actually make most of Sig's and Walther's magazines for them. As i am a huge fan of Sig, I like your choice in handguns."
18 minutes ago
Kevin Collier replied to Jonathan Stone's discussion Getty/Dubay and the fountain pen in the group Fountain Pens
"A fountain pen will often force you to slow down a bit. it also has an elegance that encourages me to write better. Quink is a great choice for a Lefty, as it was developed as a Quick Ink", hence it's name."
19 minutes ago
Scott Makorow joined Sam Spade's group
Thumbnail

Personal Finance

This group is the place to be if you have questions or advice on anything related to getting out of debt, investing, saving money, or creating a household budget.
44 minutes ago
Profile IconScott Makorow, Tom Kenyon and Bill Anderson joined Nolan Poulson's group
Thumbnail

The Barbershop

It's just seems natural that Art of Manliness should have a barbershop group.  My intent of this group is to gather and share general thoughts and experiences concerning barbershops. Anything from a good barbershop that you have found  to pictures and stories of shops you have visited to discussing anything barbershop.  See More
49 minutes ago
The One They Call Alex updated their profile
1 hour ago
Michael Shaw replied to Alberto's discussion Push-ups
"Try the 100 pushups plan.  I made it through the program and maxed out at 70 consecutive before I moved on to a different exercise. http://hundredpushups.com/"
1 hour ago
Josh Allen commented on Josh Allen's video
Thumbnail

Josh100LuBu - How To Sashay (HD)

"I don't understand. Speak plainly."
1 hour ago
John Lee Pettimore commented on Josh Allen's video
1 hour ago

© 2014   Created by Brett McKay.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service