This next project will focus mainly on the use of hand tools. This is a cherry shaker table that is part of the group build raising money for the American Cancer Society. For more information you can check out www.woodworkersfightingcancer.com. Instead of a traditional project video, this blog series will focus on my own use of hand tools in the joinery and the final dimensioning for the project.
I found that through the process of this build, I really felt like my likelihood of mistakes was dramatically reduced, and I just had greater control over every aspect of the joinery. Laying out and cutting joinery with hand tools is a very visual and tactile process, which I found very enjoyable and relaxing. Plus, I never ran the risk of ruining a piece due to an improper blade or fence setting. While the process did indeed take longer, I felt the final product was far better than what I would have gotten using power tools. By no means am I going to go Neanderthal with all my future project, but I do have a new appreciation for where hand tools have a place in my shop.