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#1 posted 10-23-2013 06:16 PM

I am a great advocate for precision. My saw is set so that I’m always within .002” of my measurement. I know that kind of accuracy is hard to maintain in wood, but the fact is, the machine is capable of such accuracy and it’s the wood that changes; especially in soft woods. Whatever I’m making, I always make a test cut on scrap before commiting to the actual cut. An inexpensive digital caliper will give you all the precision you will ever need. I do all my woodworking the same as metalworking. Any changes in dimensions due to shrinkage or expansion, are much smaller.
I also draw all my projects with Autocad software. This gives me exact dimensions, eliminating any errors in math.

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