Woodworking is an ancient processes that has been me exceptionally easy by the modern woodworking tools. Many hundreds of years ago, almost all furniture inside homes was handmade. The tools that were used to make these pieces were rudimentary; ranging from sharp rocks to various types of blades. The results were rough, uneven cabinets, tables and chairs. Smoothness was a difficult task to achieve and usually only the seating parts of chairs were worked until they were smooth.
In later years woodworking became an art and a trade. Upper class and royalty hired woodworkers to cut out large pieces of expensive and rare wood into exquisite cabinets, closets and other types of furniture. Painting and staining the wood also became a necessity for the privileges and wood paint and wood stains were invented.
Today, most furniture is a result of machine work in large factories. Most people purchase their pieces in large stores where there are hundreds of the same types of everything. Woodworking, specifically, has diminished and remained for those who have the passion for it, or work for a wealthy family who still insists on custom and uniquely designed furniture.
For those who do continue to practice woodworking, the process is very different than the one that was used hundreds of years ago. This of course is due to the woodworking tools of the twenty first century. Most of the tools are electric and thus make the work faster, easier and more efficient. One example of such a woodworking tool is the multi-tool porter cable. It performs several tasks that would usually be done using various types of tools. For example, it can grasp an object to secure it for work, it can cut, sand grind and scrape the wood in various speeds and powers. This speed and power allows for various types of angles, depths and designs of a cut.
Other woodworking power tools include the slow speed grinder. This tool is not specifically for the wood itself but rather it is used to sharpen and refine other tools that are used directly on the wood. It is important to have all of the woodworking tools in a top notch shape. A blunt tool may ruined, chip or destroy the wood to the point where it must be thrown out.
Essentially, woodworking power tools have made life easier for those who continue to make their own furniture or to make them for others. Even the simplest of modern woodworking tool are more practical and efficient than the most complex tools of several hundred years ago. For example, the mini texturing tool is a simple hand held four-edged knife. It is used to carve out fine details on the wood once the overall shape of the piece has been established. This tools was especially designed to cut through wood without chipping or scratching it. Today it is the preferred tool for use in texturing turned boxes, bottle stoppers, pens, finials, bowls and other hollow forms.
So the modern tools are no always woodworking power tools, but rather they are very simple. What makes them unique is the material they are made out of. Certain mixtures of metals that make for a softer, easier cut and a more beautiful design.