I saw this on Woodnet. For all I know AHill is a member here too. I want to make it clear this is not aimed at him personally. But what the heck is going on with Woodworkers try to cut wood to precisions in the .005 or less range??
He went on explain that the wood was 12-16" long and it was .004 narrower in the middle than at the ends. My tape measures nor none of my rulers will measure that close. What the heck is wrong with woodworkers?? The average tolerance in a metal shop is probably +/- .005 with +/-.01 not being uncommon at all. (With some precision shops excluded of course). I am not sure who has convinced woodworkers that we need this type of precision. It's just ridiculous! And it seems to be that more and more woodworkers are falling for this and buying precision measuring tools trying to set their machines within .001. Folks. they are capable of that kind of repeatable consistency and even if they were it is totally overkill. It's just wood and it will move more than that with humidity changes..... I checked my fence and it seems to be bowed a tad as well - wider at the ends compared to the middle. Could this be the cause of my poor cuts? I'm thinking I could put some shims between the UMHW and the fence tube to fix it. I got better cuts with my older contractor's saw. It's only around 0.004" difference. Should I try and fix it or just declare victory and move on?