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Rich

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01-29-2022 05:54 AM

Topic tags/keywords: humor question

I was just watching a video where someone was using a straightedge and feeler gauges to check the flatness of their table saw. I’ve never done that, and my projects come together just fine.

There’s so much obsession over perfection. What’s your opinion?

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner


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#1 posted 01-29-2022 05:59 AM

Easy, the guy needs to get out more!
Quality work is more about the (human) software than the hardware. Always has been. Always will be.
…. IMHO ….

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese! http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#2 posted 01-29-2022 06:06 AM

Good to hear from you, Paul. I was just thinking about you on my way to Tubac for lunch at Elvira’s last weekend. I hope you’re doing well.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#3 posted 01-29-2022 07:49 AM

The theory of relativity.

Perfection for NASA is probably .000001”
Perfection for woodworkers (me) 1/64th.

Jay Bates uses a carpenters’ square to square up a crosscut sled fence.
William Ng uses….Well, you know.

As far as finishing, there’s no such thing as perfection. :-)

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#4 posted 01-29-2022 10:35 AM

This is covered by the old adage “if it aint broke, dont fix it”

If your work was unaccountably going wrong and out of square, then you would go looking for the problem, and just might find your cast iron slab is warped. If your work is reaching your desired standard, who cares what shape the slab is in?

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#5 posted 01-29-2022 11:50 AM

Perfection may be unattainable but, in striving for it, we can achieve excellence. 1/64 may not be perfect but, for me it’s excellent.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#6 posted 01-29-2022 12:37 PM



Quality work is more about the (human) software than the hardware. Always has been. Always will be.
- shipwright

No question.
I’ve seen guys do immaculate work on a $50K table saw and I’ve seen guys do immaculate work with a skilsaw screwed to a sheet of plywood.
It’s in your bones….

-- Lj's...The place to post what you had for breakfast and then do your utter best to complicate the hell out of the simplest of questions.

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#7 posted 01-29-2022 04:28 PM

1st thing Monday, I’m going to check mine.

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#8 posted 01-29-2022 04:36 PM

I like to ENSURE that the material I use(which may move +/- 1/8” with seasonal moisture) is cut on machinery accurate to .001”.

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#9 posted 01-29-2022 04:59 PM



1st thing Monday, I m going to check mine.

- LeeRoyMan

Oh ya…Thaaaats why the cabinet was 6” too short and an inch out of square…your table saw isn’t flat…

-- Lj's...The place to post what you had for breakfast and then do your utter best to complicate the hell out of the simplest of questions.

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#10 posted 01-29-2022 05:06 PM


Oh ya…Thaaaats why the cabinet was 6” too short and an inch out of square…your table saw isn t flat…

- Tony_S


Now this is funny.

If I check my board for square and it is, I don’t need to search for a problem. Of course if I am in hand tool mode I only need to check the brain software…usually.

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#11 posted 01-29-2022 05:35 PM


1st thing Monday, I m going to check mine.

- LeeRoyMan

Oh ya…Thaaaats why the cabinet was 6” too short and an inch out of square…your table saw isn t flat…

- Tony_S


Geeze, it happened one time, let it go already!

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#12 posted 01-29-2022 09:16 PM

I think more than anything it depends on what your checking. A $50 Craftsman CL find is probably an exercise in futility. A new Martin, yeah I’d want it pretty darn flat. Heck even with Grizzly table saws selling for 2-2.5x what they were not too long ago, I’d need a corresponding increase in quality to accompany the big bump in price.

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