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#1 posted 10-28-2012 02:34 PM

Agree 100% about mistakes being operator error, not some minute mechanical deviation from absolute perfect. I leaned the basics of woodworking from my father using hand tools in the main (except for an old B&D Hole Gun and an older worm drive Skill saw). I always heard that a1/32” margin of error was to be expected in woodworking. With age I’ve gone over to what many consider the “Dark Side”: a love of power tools and I use them almost exclusively. Why? For me the answer is they are more accurate (1/64” or less accuracy) and after years of using primarily hand tools, the are easier (paradoxically, not necessarily faster) and more enjoyable. Also, with age the mistakes are more frequent and due to what I affectionately refer to as “brain farts”—entirely operator error and lapses of concentration since my 18year old PM TS is still within 0.001 tolerances I originally set and my 16 year old PM 8” long bed jointer is level to 0.0 degrees over its length (less the last 10” out feed) per my Wixley. Good tools hold their accuracy and set up but human age has not been so kind. But, hey guys I’m still vertical and enjoying woodworking more and more every day.

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