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#1 posted 10-28-2012 08:32 PM

With all do respect your post (and replies) is (are) filled with a few strawmen.

Measuring to 0.0003”? I’m into the precision ‘thing’ and I’ve never come across a woodworker who measures anything to the ten-thousandths place.

Someone who dials in their tools is likely to be making a “fuss over minute tolerances.”? It takes no time at all to align my tools to within 0.002” tolerances. When done properly, it’s faster or just as fast as methods of lesser accuracy. Align a TS blade to 90.00? Easy peezy. Align a TS fence to within 0.003” front to back? Easy peezy. Align a miter gauge to within 0.001 degrees? Piece of cake. It is not always necessary to have a high level of accuracy, but if it takes no more time than why not? It eliminates a lot of the “What did I do wrong?” variables when you know your tools are spot-on. It also gives you a warm fuzzy feeling knowing that any error you introduce is going to come from YOU, not your tools. “Fuss”? Nope.

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

I would say that one of the joys of woodworking and a measure of a great craftsman is knowing how to tweak a “poorly designed tool” until it performs with acceptable precision.

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