Nope, no use for this one, would be nice to look at it though. Guess you would have to build quite a lot of Ikea style furniture in order to justify something like this..
Maybe this time.........
Ed, only uses I can think of around my shop for mdf is either temporary jigs or the spoilboard on the cnc. I dread every time I have to install and flatten a new spoilboard, dust just gets everywhere. Other than that I don´t see much use for it anywhere quality work is concerned, mdf is just a bad start for any kind of FW.
Write me down.
Me, me, me!!!!!!!!!
An excellent teacher, I need this one!
I am a full time woodworker and policy regarding machinery is simple, it is 100% attention or no power tool work for the day. Going to bed late at night, overworking, worries, and so on will surely lead to disaster. There is still enough work to be done without risking a crippling injury. I would rather skip over a deadline than skip over my fingers any time. Couldn´t agree more with you about push sticks, make a bunch ank keep them close at all times.
Most definitely, it is time to open up to CNC technology. I own a Shopbot in my one man shop business and the variety and quality of work possible with this machines is incredible. Up to 40% of my work is done with it, doors, furniture, decorative accents, you name it. Parts or even whole projects that would take weeks to complete using standard power or hand tools are possible within hours and otherwise impractical or complex elements are within reach in a CNC. The availability of these machines to the small workshop is increasing everyday and new ideas and creations otherwise hidden would have the right outlet in Fine Woodworking. I understand that not everybody needs or enjoys the speed and complexity a CNC can deliver but there is much to learn from this segment of the woodworking community.
Yes, an adjustable mouth block plane from LN will be high on my list, it is one of those "woodworking life little treasures" you can´t live without.
I think Russell Jensen´s answer said it all, we all find inspiration, ideas, and just plain cool projects in FWW and if somebody puts them together and sells a few, well, good for them because they built a beautiful object that somebody liked enough to buy it. On the other hand if a project is literally copied in order to mass produce it or funds a whole business then the builder needs at the very least be granted permission to do so or agree on some sort of compensation for the author. Projects and ideas will be copied and sold no matter what, if a how to article is printed it is expected that people will build the project.
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