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Posted on Are you a woodworker or a tool setter upper?

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#1 posted 06-11-2011 06:38 AM

You realize, I have to play devils advocate here. Since this is neither a one v.s. the other deal, let me ask this question. If you set up the table saw for a cut and you set up or adjust your hand plane for a cut are you not in essence setting up a tool for use? Is not a router plane also a tool that needs to be adjusted for depth of cut? Before using a hand saw we make sure the set is right and the teeth are filed just right so that the saw cuts true. So in effect both hand and power tools require some type of set up to work properly. I agree there is a lot more talk on forums about tools and how to set them up and use them. In my opinion its not so much the tool you are using that would make you a woodworker or a tool setter upper, but the kind of joinery one uses in their woodworking that would define if your an assembler or a joiner in your woodworking. One joint that I wouldn’t care to hand cut would be the box joint, this I would prefer to cut with a machine, where as with dovetails I would rather cut by hand. Knowing which tool to use and when to use it for different joinery would be more defining to me as to the skill level of a woodworker.

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