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Re: Is Digital Manufacturing a Friend or a Foe?

I hear the debate and have seen it before in my first industry, printing. Prinitng made the move from from moveable type letterpress printing to photoplate offset printing stating back in the 1920's (before I was born) and the great hub-bub was that it was cheating and the quality wasn't there. As time went by the quality got better and the machinery got cheaper. The companies that adopted offset printing could do the work faster and cheaper that the people using letter press, so the consumer was unable to tell the difference and so they went with the cheaper price.
By the time I remember my dad being in the printing industry, letterpress printing was a specialty process for things that an offset press could not do, such as foil stamping and imprinting. Then in the 1960's this thing called a Xerographic copier came out and the image was terrible. Printers said that they would never use that technique and it would never catch on, but again the image got better and the machinery became cheaper and it was possible to have unskilled labor run it. Thus Copying became the way people did short run "printing".
Next in the 1980's came the advent of the personal computer and dot matrix printers (remember them?) with the lousy looking image and X's to make images. Printers said they would never be in the printing business. Again better and cheaper, they enabled people to do their own typesetting, and when the laser printer came out, big companies could print there in house memos and items fo such from their desk.
As the small laser printers became more affordable, printers used them to do their typesetting, and eventually they did their short run jobs on them. In 2000 the Y2K scare hit and small companies everywhere stop ordering printing to see if the world of business would shut down. It didn't and they realized that they could do any of the jobs in house on a PC instead of using a printer. This lead to the Printing industries entering a tailspin.
Color Lasers and Inkjets where the last straw in the demise of the printing industry. Once considered the most profitable business to be in, it is now a niche market for large runs and specialty items.
The point being that there are still some small letterpress printers out there for a specialized market of people who appreciate the craftmanship, but it is not a thriving industry.
Thus goes the woodworking trade. From all hand tools, to water driven power tools, to electric power tools, to CNC tools. Is there still a market for handcrafted items? Yes, but the masses probably can't afford them and they would still like to have them. So the industry supplies them with CNC cut products which reduce waste and speed up production, and on the low end cheap particle board furniture with plastic "tape" printed to look like wood, and the masses buy it in huge quantities.

So my conclusion is this, instead of debating whether is is cheating or not why not embrace the method that you choose and market it as such to those who appreciate it and realize that there is a market for all of the manufacturing methods.

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Re: California Considers Tougher Safety Standards for Tablesaws

This is a small part of a bigger picture, the fact that it is "NOT MY FAULT" is the idea of the day. The American mentality seems to be that I want to do it my way, whether that "way" is safe or not, until something bad happens, then all of the sudden, the problem is that it's not my fault that I used the tool incorrectly and got hurt. The fault must therefore be that of the manufacturer for mot making sure that I could not possibly hurt my self.
Perhaps we as a people need to accept the responsibility for our choices. If the tool is designed in a negligent manner that causes injury (such as a part not being strong enough to do the work that it is designed to do resulting in injury) then the manufacturer is responsible for their negligence and should be penalized for the bad design. If we choose to use an otherwise safe product in an unsafe way and get injured then shame on us.

Re: Behold, the Speed Tenon

The method seems to work very well, although I have not tried it myself. My only question would be doesn't Fine Woodworking constantly preach that a miter gauge and a rip fence should never be used together on the same cut?

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