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Wow this is quite a find! Queen Anne style is among our favorite furniture styles and a favorite of mine to build. I'd love to have this text.
99.99% of my 'bad' cuts were made because I didn't take the time to resharpen my blades as I worked...a book can't replace haste but its contents and wisdom can be a constant companion to aid the skillful work of our hands.
I use the Wixey on the table saw and then verify it with a machinist's square and 45. I also use it when I am sharpening my plane irons and chisels and have found it to be so close that the difference is in the thousands. Here's my caveat: these digital devices help me get it fine for me. I'm a hobbyist woodworker and spend most of my time in the 'setup' mode. Sometimes I 'wear myself out' adjusting and fine tuning my setups striving for that 'perfect cut'. The cuts take no time at all and I am usual very happy with the outcome. The digitals are very helpful for me with calipers and micrometers too.
I am very sorry that the man (plaintiff) injured himself while using his table saw. These tools are made to cut wood and other hard materials - materials that are much denser than our flesh. The saw uses sharp blades that will cut through those dense materials as well as your fingers, thumbs or hands if you get those body parts in the way of the high speed blade. Common sense tells us to use care when using any tools especailly those that cut and are powered with gas or electricity. The jury made a poor choice. We have the personal responsibilty for our own safety in our shops as well as the safety of others who come into our shops. The decision was wrong - no personal responsibility (plaintiff) appears to have been taken in this case.
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