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Dave Pearce

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#1 posted 06-11-2011 03:22 AM

Nice point. And well taken, NaN. Consider this as well: Your neighbor can set his saw up to cut .397” as well. Not only that, if he follows the same woodworking plans you do from the latest issue of whatever magazines you both have, his product will look exactly like yours, and vice versa. Or at least close enough it would be hard to distinguish between the two unless they were side by side. Might be something to think about the next time you build from a published plan.

I have a fair number of power tools, not nearly as many as others here, but enough. I use them when I’m in a hurry to get past some stage in a project, but I’ve found I get little enjoyment out of them. I do prefer to work with hand tools, but sometimes it’s just easier to use a machine.

On the other side though, you might be amused to hear, I disassembled my finger-eatin’, wood wreckin’ bench-top table saw last summer. Kept the motor and the switch, tossed the rest. I haven’t missed it yet. It really was “bottom of the line” bad, so it deserved it’s fate.

For me, I kinda like spending time shaping the wood by hand. The finished product is icing on the cake.


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