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#1 posted 12-26-2012 10:24 PM


What you say is very very true, in the specific example above I actually made four copies of the piece or it would have been worse. Part way though I also upgraded some tools, a drum sander saved me about 10 hours of cleaning up little flat fiddly bits by hand. Knowing what I know now about the design and use I’m pretty sure I could make a similar product in ~20 hours per after having simplified the slowest parts to do (as one example: the original design had a lot of stopped slot cuts on a round piece that had to be laid out carefully and done by hand; resizing the backing piece to be a smidge more robust allows them to be through slots which are about 10x faster to make).

Most of what I make today is done to push my skill set. Often about half way through I find that the time required is dictated not the tools or the workpiece but by bad design choices. The next version, if I make one, is inevitably somewhat better.

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