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Mark Mazzo

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#1 posted 09-28-2007 09:36 PM


I think that your points are reasonable. I guess to me it comes down to a need vs. a want (this is probably akin to your accurate hole theory). What a woodworker may need to get a job done is usually very different from what a woodworker may want to do it. Otherwise, we might all still be boring holes with a brace and bit and chopping mortises with a chisel – of course some do this because they enjoy it better than the alternatives.

With regard to Festool, it may be explained using the analogy of a fine German sports car vs. a more scaled back and simple vehicle that gets you from point A to B. Both will do the job, but if you have never experienced what it is like to drive a German sports car, you may not know what you are missing!

Coincidently, I just blogged about my budget alternative to using the Festool Domino for Loose Tenon joinery. Though I’d like to have the Domino in my shop for its performance and design I would have to havel a justified need before I were to purchase one. It sounds like you may already be doing Loose Tenons without the Domino, if not take a look at the simple method I describe.

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