Philosophizing with a table saw

Folks, From what I've been reading lately on the wreck, I guess this is the time of year to reflect back on my first 6 months of woodworking and try to impart some hard-learned lessons for future "newbies." So, without further ado, my collection of disjointed woodworking aphorisms--
Measure twice, cut once, let wood twist and warp. Measure twice again, cut once, let wood twist and warp, etc..
To the old adage "You can never have enough clamps," I would add, "You can never have enough lights."
By the time you figure out which tools you can do without, you'll already own them.
Yes, by all means, save a few bucks buying the cheaper chisels. The money you save will be well spent on sharpening equipment and Band-Aids.
Have you ever noticed that Norm Abrams looks like Bizzaro Superman with glasses? Hmm...
Draw your own conclusion from this one: I went to Home Depot a few moths ago and naively asked the guy in the lumber isle if they had any quarter sawn white oak. He replied that Home Depot didn't carry that brand. When I asked what "brands" of white oak they carried, he said "red."
I purchased several old Stanley planes on eBay over the past few months. They are, defects and all, magnificent tools. I especially like the "ghosts" that came with them.
--again, thanks for the indulgence.
Happy Holidays,
Kevin
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I love this one! Especially the Home Depot one. That sounds just like ythem. Every Lowe's I've ever been in (except the one in Waco, Texas) has been a superior store for what they are.

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B&Q (UK's nearest equivalent) doesn't even sell oak. You just have "whitewood" and a tiny range of "tropical random hardwood stuff".
If you were to ask most UK non-furnituremakers, including house construction carpenters what a hardwood was, most would confuse them with tropicals.
-- Smert' spamionam
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Kevin imparted

I went to Lowe's and said that I wanted a pressure-treated eight-foot post that was at least five inches square. The fellow led me to their stock of 4-by-4s. When I pointed out that 3.5 inches is less than 5, he said, "We don't carry anything that large." It was then that I noticed he was leaning against their 6-by-6 posts. I'm almost certain he wasn't being coy--he clearly did not have a clue.
In a similar vein, Lowe's "electrical expert" gave me advice on installing a ceiling fan that would not only void the manufacturer's warranty but also violate several rather importantant points of the electrical code.
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Well, since you were in the lumber department, you should have asked him where the clue-by-fours a kept.
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I went to a home Depot a while back in search of a spark arrestor cage for the top of a fireplace... so I ask the kid where they are and he shows me one of those wind driven turbine exhaust vents for for the roof. Even argued with me when I told him what those are for. May as well spread the embers to everyones house ::))

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