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    Greatest concentration- what tool?

    Hi Folks ,
    What tool do you find yourself concentrating the most when you use it?
    Just curious.
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    Band saw. It's the one that bit my thumb! Next to that is probably the lathe, since I'm still learning how to keep a gouge/skew from grabbing.

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    Would be router for me. Keeping the piece up against the fence, good steady speed, try to eliminate blow-out at the end. I don't have feather boards (yet), so I watch my fingers too....

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    Definitely the table saw. It's the one place where I can see my body parts flying across the room independent of my body.

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    I am 100% focused at all the tools when I'm using them. But the most time spent at that 100% level is by far the lathe - but that's mostly because turning projects are longer-duration operations since it's a continuous creation. In flat work, each piece is created thorugh a series of cuts on various tools and there are little breaks in between. With the lathe, you could easily stand in the same position just a whackin' away at the same hunk o' log for half an hour before you know it.

    Most focus? all tools
    Longest amount of focus? Lathe
    Jason Beam
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Beam View Post
    I am 100% focused at all the tools when I'm using them. But the most time spent at that 100% level is by far the lathe - but that's mostly because turning projects are longer-duration operations since it's a continuous creation. In flat work, each piece is created thorugh a series of cuts on various tools and there are little breaks in between. With the lathe, you could easily stand in the same position just a whackin' away at the same hunk o' log for half an hour before you know it.

    Most focus? all tools
    Longest amount of focus? Lathe
    This.

    Jason summed it up pretty well for me.
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    I'll go with a tie between a bench chisel and the wrench being used to change jointer blades. You do NOT want to lose your grip on the wrench around jointer blades. Makes my tummy hurt just remembering it!

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    Table saw. Scare the [expletive deleted] outa me. And, my son, the ER physician says he see many really serious injuries caused by lack of focus with them.

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    for me it depends on the size of the board in hand, the closer my hands are to the blade on any machine, the more i concentrate.

    i find myself concentrating most on the bandsaw when i am trying to get a nice curve cut for something. darn blade just won't stay on the line

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    I am not scared of any of my tools. But I do have a healthy respect for a couple.

    • Chisels!! Mine are razor sharp and would slice your hand open in a heart beat.
    • The Great Pumpkin. A square head jointer.
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