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Woodknack

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#1 posted 03-14-2017 05:01 AM

I’m not being a smart ass, but woodworking is not machining. All measurement systems are just an arbitrary way of communicating distance. Before the industrial revolution, parts were made one at a time to fit where they were needed and it didn’t matter if they were identical. Woodworking predates the industrial revolution and doesn’t depend on accuracy. Keep in mind that in woodworking, precision almost always trumps accuracy. So if you are making a dado, it doesn’t matter what it is on a specific measurement scale, it only matters that the tongue fits. Similar, if you are making a table, it doesn’t matter if the legs are 29”, 29.1”, 29-1/8”, or 74cm; what matters is they are all the same. You might have a hard time with this coming from an engineering background but it’s liberating when you embrace it.

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