Reply I'm Mike

Welcome Mike. It is very nice working with hand tools for several good reasons:

  • Almost no dust except when sanding.
  • Quiet and no need to wear a dust mask and hearing protection.
  • Does not require a large shop.
  • Very small investment compared to buying machine tools.
  • Easy to keep the shop clean without dust extraction, air filters, etc.
  • No real disadvantages for small projects.
    Of course you will need the right stuff to keep your edge tools sharp and properly honed.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway