There's always been a debate between woodworkers regarding hand tools vs. power tools. If you're talking speed it's the power tools hands down. And, as I've mentioned before, I use my share of power tools and think of them as the apprentices in my shop. If you've ever used or been around a router as it's cutting away they produce copious amounts of fine dust and screech at a bizillion decibels. Between ear protection, nose protection, and eye protection you feel like Sammy Safety! When I came into the house after doing an African Paduak box Diane thought I'd burned myself because every inch of me was covered with a bright orange sawdust.
So, here's the "no duh" moment I had this afternoon. The biggest advantage of hand tools over power tools is the quietness and relative cleanliness. I have these at my disposal as you can see here:
|Quiet & Dust free Tools|
I found that by using a chisel to remove the bulk of the waste left behind by the forstner bit and then my old (antique?) Stanley #71 router plane to level the bottom just shy of where it should be I eliminated at least half of the router time for each case side --- no duh John :-( what were you thinking?