How are your knees? Dodgy back, perhaps? If so, stick to Western (where you'll get a thousand times the choice, assuming you live in the west). Otherwise, they both work perfectly well, but in different ways. You pays your money, and takes your choice......veneerman":2498p4lb said:...... Western or Japanese?
Really?? I'm lost for words :|Osvaldd":22653czp said:If you are European, why not learn the ways of your ancestors first. Then after you mastered it and are bored you can start buying cute little Japanese toys.
I own mostly western tools but I do own (and have) tried a few Japanese.veneerman":67pmrr1u said:Due to noise and space i am looking to move to hand tools soon.... I have used a few but in general i use all power tools. And advice would be great..... Western or Japanese?
I don't think power tools take the skill out of woodworking at all. Hand tools is 90% of my home woodworking (vice versa at day job) but I still use power for some things, no reason why they both can't exist unless you're noise restricted (as you said).veneerman":2kh9gfqk said:.... Wow thank you for that advice. I guess i relied a lot on power tools. And now i have to use all hand tools. It's quite daunting to be honest. Machines take the skill and art out of wood work a lot. Although i always loved it. I guess it's time to get to the grind and master my own tools, hands, eyes, arms etc... It probably sounds like i want the tool to do all the guess work still. But i just want tools that wont let me down after heavy use. Thank you for those words. They have given me a bit of encouragement!
I tend to agre with Osvaldd, I have tried Japanese saws several times but my muscle memory means I struggle. Even though I have been using western saws for five decades I still am far from perfect. So I cannot be a r s e d to aquire another unneeded skillscooby":3jeh10da said:
We have a Hand Tools forums which might be a good first port of callveneerman":1rpra4jn said:And advice would be great.....
This isn't an either/or proposition. Many Westerners (and a few Japanese rather surprisingly) combine tools from both traditions.veneerman":1rpra4jn said:Western or Japanese?
If you're not fussy about the style of bench or what it's made from and still need it to be stable enough for heavy hand work may I suggest a bench design that makes good use of sheet materials?veneerman":1rpra4jn said:I have no bench.... First project!!