"Cheating" was a poor choice of word. As a beginner / hobbyist, I use jigs as a means of training my muscle memory and proprioceptive skills, with the intention of reducing my reliance upon them as I improve. Like all hobbyists, the end result is only part of the reward, the rest is the journey.
My biggest challenge was to remember not to put too much lateral pressure on the plane. There was often an imperceptible tipping of the upper edge of the plane towards the shooting board which created inaccuracies. A bespoke shooting plane with its large acreage of side to rest on helped as well as practising a few strokes before presenting the stock. Muscle memory. A la David Chalesworth.
Very impressive. The weather here in the UK is even less clement. My garage space isn't enough to swing half a cat around in. Pets and power tools. I should have known better. Recently completed my outdoor bench (or picnic table as the wife knows it). She says that its overkill to have a table 8' X 3' X 5" and weighing in excess of 250lb for the cucumber sandwiches and the bone china. I admit to being an order of magnitude out on the design brief and spend a little longer in the confessional collecting my penance.
I can feel a whole new industry coming on. In the same way one earns a good credit rating or a good insurance risk, we could leave college with a dyk-wod rating. Through careful monitoring and adjustment, the government could provide "confidential" information on our level or dyk-woddness to vendors of power tools, preventing sales to certain groups. Its a win win scenario. The vulnerable will protected from self harm, the lawyers could sue the government for not keeping the list up to date, dating agencies could lobby senators to make the list available to them. The list goes on and on......
Or do I need to take a higher dose of lithium?
Perhaps I shouldn't take too much of the yellow stuff. It seems that here in the UK, we often catch with your legal shannanigans after a few years
I met James at Westdean last year. Gave me a personal walk through the use of his travisher. What a great piece of kit for shaping a seat. I would love to have a copy of his book too!
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