|Forum topic by JeffP||posted 08-05-2014 01:25 AM||1463 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
08-05-2014 01:25 AM
I’m finally on the verge of putting together my dream woodworking setup. Up until now I’ve never had the time and the money and the space all at the same time.
I’ve been salivating over a “full boat” Incra system together with a combined cabinet saw and router table for such a long time now.
I’m about ready to take the plunge, and would like some advice. The issue is “English” vs. Metric for the Incra.
I simply HATE working with fractions. I sent off an email to Incra asking for their advice on a “Yank” buying English or Metric. Somewhat surprisingly to me, he recommended I go metric. I was leaning that way anyway due to my hatred of fractions…but it is a lot of money and I wanted to see if any of you have already done this and what is your “hindsight” on the topic.
There are plenty of threads about people’s preferences one way or the other (both here and elsewhere), but it seems ALL of the threads are just about personal preferences. I haven’t found anything specific like ”...i went metric and here are the things I ran into…”, or ”...I wasn’t sure, but I switched to metric when I bought my (x, y, z) a year ago and I never looked back…”.
In particular, I’m wondering what you found in terms of dealing with other things that are only easily available in the US in English sizes. Things like router bits and table saw blade thicknesses and wood sizes and the like. Do any of these pose a serious nuisance if your primary measuring/fence system is metric?
FWIW, I am plenty comfortable with metric units. I truly wish Jimmy Carter had won that fight back in the 70’s. My only concern is that there will turn out to be some non-incra part of an overall system that will turn it into an uphill battle.
-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.