Recent comments

Re: UPDATE: Read a review of Wooden Boxes by the giveaway winner

I would love to add this to my collection.

Re: Should Woodworkers Say Goodbye to Ebony?

So, if things get so bad that ebony is banned outright, does that mean that ebony and ivory will go on living in perfect harmony?

Re: UPDATE: Fine Woodworking Best Workbenches from the editors of Fine Woodworking and a special magazine issue, Workbenches.

Here's hoping my time to win finally comes, and I'll get some inspiration as I consider building a new workbench.

Re: UPDATE: Deadline extended again for tablesaw safety comments to the CPSC

For what it's worth, DrBob4390, my comment was intended as sarcasm. I agree that using a table saw - or any tool for that matter, powered or not - involves a certain amount of risk.

With respect to the worry that the proposed legislation will enable SawStop to gouge the competition with costly license fees, is there any reason why other manufacturers can't use alternative methods? Is SawStop's patent so generic as to rule out any remotely similar device? Also, would other manufacturers face such a high cost to implement flesh-sensing technology that the cost impact to future table saws would be drastic?

This scenario is a nice modern illustration to a concept discussed in Superfreakonomics: Simple, inexpensive fixes often are the most effective. As illustrated in the book, contrasted against the cost of completely redesigning instrument panels, steering wheels, and windshields, one of the most effective safety solutions in the automobile industry was the relatively inexpensive seat belt. Why pour so much money into reducing the effect of a head hitting a steering wheel, when you can simply (and cheaply!) prevent the head from hitting the wheel in the first place. In another bit of coincidence, various seat belt designs each had their own respective patents!

Nevertheless, all the other expensive changes were eventually introduced, but the lesson is sound. Rather than mandate expensive and relatively complex solutions (e.g. flesh-sensing auto brake technology), why not concentrate on simple, effective, yet inexpensive solutions (e.g. riving knives)?

Re: UPDATE: Deadline extended again for tablesaw safety comments to the CPSC

In the interest of safety, I've decided to sell all my power tools and go back to hand tools. I couldn't possibly cut my finger with a dovetail saw.

Re: UPDATE: Building Small Cabinets by Doug Stowe

Who wouldn't love to have another woodworking book to add to the collection?

Re: Why Yes, I am a Dandy Woodworker

I disagree that the letter's author is offering genuine criticism. I, too, took the letter as sarcasm.

Regarding the too-clean appearances seen in the magazine - I attribute that to the same reason every home-and-garden magazine features perfectly manicured lawns and living rooms that appear as though nobody has ever actually lived in them. It just looks nicer, and too much clutter ends up distracting from the illustration. I've never considered that the photos were supposed to be indicative of a "real" workshop (if you can define that, then good on you!), nor do the bedrooms in Better Homes and Gardens look anything like mine (when was the last time I even made my bed?).

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