Jigs and fixtures are just another phase of woodworking in my opinion. They allow you do accomplish more in the time you have to devote to a project. I pity the person that can not design a jig or fixture to help with repetitive jobs.
bassman00; I agree with you 100%. I have been told that "dumb can be cured, stupid is forever". So far I have not seen anything to contrdict this. A tool that you can hurt yourself with is not necessarily defective. If you hit your thumb with a hammer, is the hammer defective or the operator?
The only way to ensure safety would be to invent a sure fire cure for stupidity and greed.
I switched my Powermatic plainer from blades to the Selex and I will never go back. Switched my jointer also. Both machines are lots quiter and leave a better finish. They do put out more chips and dust but my dust control system handels it.
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