I'm not surprised in the least (after some of the places I stayed in the
Army) You do what you gotta do ... :)
AAMOF, I once had a "house" built, in Papua New Guinea, for 12 pounds
AUS and a carton of Marlboro cigarettes, and without a nail in it ...
but that's a different story. :)
Yes, of course. Efficiency to hire cheaper and fewer people. That's
where sabotage comes from.
Whenever a new technology increases efficiency, it starts out
expensive and the proletariat only get to play with it when it gets
cheap enough. ;)
More accurate? Elaborate please. Unless, of course, you're talking
about woodworking accuracy beyond a few thousandths. If you're
talking about four decimal places, then that's a waste of time and not
Okay, but where? Doing it on a roof? On a job site without power?
Try this one:
Piecing together some 1x stock to make a solid wood back for a cabinet
Stanley 48 vs whatever you want to use.
Oh, I forgot to ask - do we include tool cost in the efficiency
This is fun! ;)
In a lot of cases you are absolutely correct. However, if I
route a 1/4" groove with the intent of inlaying a border for
example, I sure as hell am not going to accept a tolerance of
I cannot even come close to listing all of the benefits of the
Incra fence setup that I purchased. I went over to a buddy's
house and helped him on a weekend project about 6 months back.
I actually went the entire day without using a tape measure on
his table saw. Repeatable accuracy of a couple of thousandths
is very easy to obtain. Needless to say I was sold.
I've got the original IncraJig to which I added a fence. You're right,
repeatable accuracy is excellent. But there's a big difference between
that and absolute accuracy. For example, I could rip 2 different boards
to 3" wide and move and restore the fence between each one using the
Incra. All 3 boards would be very close to the same width - as you say,
a few thousandths. But how close they were to 3" is still dependent on
my original setup -that's where the 1/64" comes in.
OTOH, your 1/4" groove for inlay is only dependent on the diameter of the
router bit and the runout on the router. Measurement doesn't enter into
Intelligence is an experiment that failed - G. B. Shaw
Something's broken on your setup. I can move my fence around
all day long and if I set it to cut 3" it will always be +/-
.002. Move the fence in until the blade ticks against it when
turning it by hand, set everything to zero and you're good to
go. The days of having a tape sitting around in the way on the
table saw are gone.
Sure it does. If I cut a 1/4" groove using a router with some
runout and the bit isn't exactly 1/4", I simply measure the
existing groove and set the fence to the matching size, less a
few thousanths. The point is *if* the groove was say .260"
with the sloppy router and bit, I *can easily* cut a matching
strip to fit with far more precision than 1/64".
I agree with that for the most part. Let's try the converse:
Power tools do not make a man more of a craftsman.
Do you agree with that as well?
Yes, just as learning to use his hand tools with more skill would make
him more efficient.
Nobody and nothing has a lock on efficiency. How many times have you
walked into an inefficiently set up shop that's brimming with the
latest and greatest tools? How many times have you seen a skilled
person doing something in an inefficient way?
vI saw Klausz cut a drawer at a local woodworking club meeting. The
At last year's Woodworkers Showcase in Saratoga Springs, NY I used a 22" 12
pt Sandvik crosscut saw, marking gauge, pencil, 1/2" chisel, and my eyes to
layout and cut dovetails during my presentation... My core topic was how to
use reference surfaces and edges to guide your work (e.g., bench top, edge
of board). In dovetailing, once you understand the relationships of the
parts and cuts the tools used become secondary.
PS. this year's show is the last weekend of March. I'm doing a presentation
on scrub planes.
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