I find the whole idea of cheating at woodworking to be laughable. It's ok to study history but you don't have to re-live it. Woodworking should be fun and satisfying. If you are happy with your work that's all that matters! As a retired machinist, I spent 5 decades creating close tolerance parts on precision machines Any machinist knows hand work can't match the accuracy of precision machining. So why would anyone want to use a mallet and chisel or ancient layout techniques in the 21st century? I create beautiful furniture in my shop and I don't even own a hand plane or a marking knife!
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