If the Tool Fits…

Tools sized to the user lead to more efficient and comfortable work.

By Ron Herman
Pages: 34-37

From the August 2011 issue #191
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One of the first things I do with new employees is fit them to a handsaw. And as a woodworker, fitting tools to yourself is one of the first things you should do, too. Why? If a tool is uncomfortable to use, you won’t practice using it – and if you don’t practice, you can’t master a tool or technique. Instead, you’ll look for alternate ways to do the chore. And even if you’ve already mastered a tool, the easier and more comfortable it is to use, the more precise you’ll be. It’s like anything else – if it doesn’t fit, it doesn’t work.

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From the August 2011 issue #191
Buy this issue now