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Posted on Blame the .0001 drift.

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#1 posted 10-28-2012 02:55 PM

The blame is almost always on me when things go wrong, and things never don’t go wrong for an entire project! I’ve used my fair share of tools that weren’t particularly pleasant to use, or that were barely capable of the task, but unless the tool is losing adjustment in the middle of a cut, most deviations are my fault. In fact, most of my “deviations” are doozies that really require a stronger term! I don’t waste much time miss-cutting a piece by an 1/8” or so… Most are far bigger screwups!

I’m heavily in favor tools that have good inherent precision, and setting them up to tolerances that they’re capable of, but I think a lot people get carried away playing the small tolerance numbers game without even giving thought to how it relates to their woodworking projects. It is wood, and many boards will expand and contract far more than the tolerances of our tools. It drives me nuts to see folks fretting over miniscule deviations from flatness on their new TS, and wondering if they should return the saw without even seeing how it cuts. Once the tools reach a certain quality level, tight tolerance are just table stakes….it’s an expectation. Their desirability for me becomes more about intangibles of how well they work, how much I like using them, how they feel, power, mass, capacities, features, sound, convenience, value, etc.

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