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Jorge G.

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#1 posted 10-28-2012 04:28 PM

One of the joys of WW is to guide a poorly designed tool to a successful function.

I have to disagree with you. There is nothing like having the right tool for the job and have it preform flawlessly. The purpose of a well design/made tool is to disappear in your hand so that you can concentrate on the task being done, not the tool itself. What you call joy I call frustration, I did not “enjoy” having to file holes and assemble/disassemble my TS top countless times so that I could make it all square. I do not “enjoy” having a miter saw that will not cut perfect 90º and 45º angles, and then having to use a shooting board to make them right.

Typically once you are in this situation fitting mistakes start to accumulate and I imagine this where the saying that a “good wood worker is one that knows how to hide his mistakes”, I never agreed with this. I call this the sloppy woodworker or the one who does not have the right tools.

It is not a sin to work efficiently with precision and accuracy. After all the purpose of woodworking is to work the wood, not fiddle with your tools…no?

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