The variable wasn't the craftsman. The craftsman was a constant in my
The quality of the tool will help and enhance the skills of that
When one brings productivity into the mix, well...end of story.
But I guess it is possible to take down a 12 x 6 oak board from 6/4 to
4/4 with a sanding block.
|| There does seem to be a relationship between quality tools and
|| quality of result, but I'm fairly certain that a major component
|| of that relationship is the level of knowledge and experience of
|| the person who chooses the tool.
| The variable wasn't the craftsman. The craftsman was a constant in
| my argument.
| The quality of the tool will help and enhance the skills of that
| particular craftsman.
I might buy your argument for one specific craftsman and one specific
My point is that any generalizations extended to other craftsmen
and/or other tools are questionable.
| When one brings productivity into the mix, well...end of story.
| But I guess it is possible to take down a 12 x 6 oak board from 6/4
| to 4/4 with a sanding block.
And yet it seems to me that a craftsman is unlikely to be a person
with any love for wasting time or effort. I imagine him taking the
time and expending the effort to complete the job at hand to the
highest standards - but not more of either than necessary. If that's
correct, then productivity /is/ a part of the mix.
DeSoto, Iowa USA
All of this poppycock about 'craftsman", tools, etc. BS. Man was considered
a craftsman from his ability to do something really nice and appealing from
his brain, through his hands and then through the material he worked in. How
did "craftsmen" come about 50-100-150, even 1000 yrs. ago with out electric
It does, assuming we're talking about 'craftsmen'.
Unless you want to start handicapping one of the craftsmen. A quality
tool will never compensate for incompetence.
Okay. The craftsman (we agree that we are talking about 'craftsmen'?)
without the table-saw will put out the same quality/straight cut as
the guy who uses a Biesemeyer fence on a table saw.
The craftsman without the router table will make 5-piece doors with
the same precision as the craftsman who has a router table.
Remember, they're both craftsmen.
Now, we give both of these craftsmen a table saw. One has a nice, true
WW2 blade and a Biesemeyer.
The other has a bent, rusty blade with a 1/4" run-out and a stick.
Both are asked to cut a 16" x 16" square out of 2' x 2' slab of 2"
I have a feeling that MY craftsman will cut a better piece.
If both are craftsmen like you say, then the one with the rusty blade would
replace his blade. He would realize he has run-out and fix it.
Both would cut just as accurately.
What makes you think that a cheap fence, correctly aligned, is any less
capable than a Biesemeyer fence??
Bill in Detroit wrote:
> Well, they are usually pretty tight, but nothing they can't sleep off.
Had an uncle who was so tight he squeaked.
You could hear him coming from 5 miles away.
So cheap he never drank, even other peoples.
If you stack the deck far enough you can always contrive a scenario in
which all skill is in vain. That seems to be what your correspondent is
attempting. But such scenarios generally have little relevance to the
The constant improvement in tools over the centuries would indicate
that many craftsmen, at one point or another, dropped his arms and
sighed: "If that $%^^%#$^ plane just had a longer shoe"..... "I could
do so much better!!!"
The evolution of tool quality indicates to me that craftsmen were
always looking for a more accurate and better way.
Improvement of productivity came along as a way to justify the expense
of those quality tools.
But it was the craftsmen who wanted and needed the quality tools to
improve their work.
At NO time did I suggest that buying a quality tool will turn a nOOb
into a craftsman.... but it WILL help him in putting out better
That is a whole different kettle of fish. If I blow a chord during a
session, I would never blame my guitar... I would turn it into a
feature. A craftsman knows how to cover his screw-ups better than a
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