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Posted on Blame the .0001 drift.

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#1 posted 10-28-2012 03:39 PM

I always scratch my head at the people that tune their tools to .001” and complain about being .005” off, then talk about the moisture content in wood. The reason that gets me is because they spend all this time making sure that a tool is “super” accurate, then talk about a medium that fluctuates in size based on a number of factors such as moisture. Wood moves in size naturally. Having joints super tight because you need all the tolerances to be within +/- .001” is ridiculous. I live in the north east and can tell you, after I tried making a box to exacting tolerances and then watched the box destroy itself over a year due to swelling and contraction .001” is a ridiculous fantasy.

It is more of “Oopserator” error than the tool in many cases in my humble opinion. I am thinking that the Urban Dictionary needs a new word and definition!

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