CNC isn't the end of craftsmanship, rather it allows more of us to create pieces of increased beauty and complexity. Are any of those who are bemoaning the increased availability of CNC using NOTHING but hand tools? Do you hand joint and plane all your boards? Use a dado plane to cut dadoes? Use a chisel to cut the dovetails for a drawer or chest? or is there a bit of a Normite in there that has a shop full of power tools that can cut dadoes in a few seconds, joint a stack of boards in a few minutes and cut perfect and consistent dovetails time after time.
Sure I've got 2 dado planes that I know how to use, can hand joint and plane and again, have the tools to do it and I've hand marked and cut dovetails that fit nicely. But frankly, I've been there and done that - if I had the extra $8 - 12 grand, I'd have one in the shop today. Major timesaver.
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