Exactly true. You can take a skilled woodworker, give them crap tools
and they'll still make good projects, but you can't take a new
woodworker, stick them in Norm's shop, and have them make anything but
crap. Tools don't make the man, the man makes the tools.
> No, he'll just do it faster.
It has long been established that human beings do a lousy job with
repetitive tasks, that's why automation, thus tooling.
Basic advantage of the human is a brain.
Biggest problem is getting them to use it.
Sure he will. I can turn out a fine piece of work with a file. I can do it
faster with a milling machine. I can do it even faster with a CNC mill. Each
tool is more expensive and sophisticated than the former. For a single
piece, the only advantage of one over another is speed.
I might have missed it but I haven't seen "frustration" mentioned. I hated
messing with the fence on my Craftsman table saw.
I was never satisfied with the cut of cheap saw blades.
I cursed drill chucks that were off center.
I went through three motors on a new Craftsman radial arm saw in order to
get one with tolerable runout.
An upgrade in quality can mean the difference between frustration and
Accuracy and the resulting motivation are major advantages. I too,
could, theoretically, get the same accuracy with a file, but I
wouldn't have the patience to see the project through to completion,
rendering the comparison moot.
I've seen lots of times when the manual guy was done before the program
could be written for an operation ... much less fixtured, setup and run.
At 'Quantity One', the math gets very uncertain because you are always
making the first piece.
You're wrong. Human beings make errors. Quality tools for the most part
contribute to minimizing those errors. A lower quality tool takes extra care
to get it to work properly and humans being the imperfect beings they are
will sometimes neglect or fail to take that extra care that a higher quality
tool doesn't need.
One other thing the original poster mentioned, that his son was
considering a sliding miter saw. In my not-so-humble opinion, these
are not best choice for woodworking. They're great if you are doing
general carpentry. However, the ones that I've used (Dewalt, Makita)
are not as accurate as a standard compound miter saw. I suspect all
SCMS's are inherently less accurate than CMS's due to all the extra
linkages. Also, considering the large, awkward footprint and double
the cost I would get a standard CMS and spend the saved $$$ on
something with more utility.
Because that's what I had. It would seem that, by your logic, I should have
just resigned myself to doing crapy work as my tools were not top of the
line. Glad I don't think like you (and so is my boss).
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