Anyone read the November issue of Pop Science? I was on a flight and didn't
bring anything to read so I picked up a copy at the airport.
They wrote an article on the "workshop of the future". I think my favorite
thing I am waiting for is the TS that will allow you to enter the width and
depth and the saw will automatically set the fence and blade. Won't it be
great when we can sit down at the workbench, punch in some numbers on the
new TS and then sit back have a cup of coffee, not having to worry about
that nasty task of adjusting the tools.
Kinda makes me think of the passionate discusseons we have from time to time
on using hand tools versus jointers, planers, etc.
Twenty years from now, us old timers (then not now - LOL) will read with a
cynical eye all the "young punks" who brag about their skills of being able
to type in measurements correctly and not "fat finger" the numbers.
Will it still be woodworking if you just stick a cherry log in one end,
download your plan, and out comes a buffet from the other end? Of course
not, right? But, I wonder what a woodworker from 100 years ago would think
about our tools. Probably some envy, but at the same time I bet they'd feel
like all we do is set up our tool (jointer, planer, mortiser, ts, etc) run a
board through it and glue it together. Except for you Neanders of course.
Larry C in Auburn, WA
"Pops" < firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
I am a self-taught newbie and have absolutely no idea how to use a hand
plane. None. Zip, Zilch.
I DO, however, have a shiney, new JET 6" jointer my wife got me for my
birthday, as well as a 13" DeWalt Planer.
When the power went out a few days ago I really, REALLY wished I knew how to
use a hand plane.
Regarding the table saw that sets the fence and blade height automatically,
they've been on the market for years. Altendorf is one example. Poke
around in http://www.altendorf.de if you're curious. They're saws will set
the fence, blade height/angle and motor speed depending on what is input
into the controller.
In the future, I suspect saws like these will move from the factory into the
The Future is now and here these systems are somewhat available for table
saws and have been used for a number of years on Moulding machines to do 4s
They have a digital read out fence for about 2400.00 that can be fitted to
many common table saws.
That is 2400.oo just for the fence, get your own damn table saw <G>
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