Thanks for the post. The idea of cheating at craft work is fiction. Its all about the results. I think we all have our own version of this fiction, based around why we engage in the craft and what our skills are.
I am on the jigs and power tools side of this. The skill developed from designing your own jigs in conjunction with power tools leads to much broader possibilities for the future, and higher productivity. That means more time to design, maybe even more time to learn the ole fashioned hand tool way a doin things. If you try both, you will find that the thinking behind them is fairly universal.
Maybe a group of unorthodox tricks like this could be presented in one article, with a theme something like "things you shouldn't do; but...". A discussion of why it is dangerous would be helpful. They're great for discussion if nothing else.
I've used this technique before for just a couple tennons. It save a lot of time. Then I took a larger job, and found that the repetitive motion wore on my hands and forearms. Now I design tennons with cheeks and shoulders cut at the same depth and either dado or tennon jig.
My first reaction is that you get what you pay for. If the budget brand included that technology then it wouldn't be a budget saw anymore. How typical of a common sampling of the public to assume that we all should have proprietary technology and it should be near-free. Saw-stop doesn't even make a portable saw with this technology, and for that reason alone the case should have been thrown out.
On second thought, this says something about the marketing of Ryobi tools. They typically include more gimicky features the the other brands as value-added selling points. These features give a false sense of quality. They cause a inexperienced and careless user to feel like the saw "has it covered"...is "loaded with technology" and that with that saw, they are a pro. With the quantity of business that Ryobi does, this 1.5mil is small and can be rolled into the cost of doing business.
My father inadvertently instilled some of Krenov's values in me through projects and discussions. Years later in college I read A Cabinetmaker's Notebook and it altered the course of my studies. It is because of James Krenov that I saw the nobility of the craftman as mentioned above, in any profession. His words and images still push me to strive for enlightenment in my work. His values will serve as an inspiration for generations to come in this age of technological advances with little intrinsic value. Best wishes to the family of James Krenov.
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