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    20 Woodworking “Truths”

    I recently created the following page to post in a prominent place in the shop:

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    The list evolved in a thread on the Canadian Woodworking forum. That thread started with Rick Thom’s post of a set of 10 truths from the October 2002 issue of Fine Woodworking.

    I expect that this is an evolving list and that I will modify it, so let’s have some words of wisdom from the folks here.
    Cheers, Frank

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    Frank,

    That is a good set of truths to start. The first on your list is quite possibly the christain equivalent of love thy neighbor; the rule upon which all others fall into place.
    Last edited by Alex Reid; 02-16-2008 at 12:19 PM.

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    Great list Frank! Here's my addition:

    21) Make sure the blade is mounted in the right direction.
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    Another One

    Frank,

    Great list. I have a quick release on my bandsaw and it causes some unnecessary drama if you forget to retension the blade before hitting the power, hence I made a sign that reads.
    BLADE TENSION
    PAY ATTENTION
    The sign is stuck to the upper wheel cover right in front of my nose, no drama since the addition.

    Heather

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    #22

    If your hand drill, drill bit is not cutting very well, always check to see your drill
    is not set in reverse first.......before before trying too sharpen the bit.

    Last edited by Dave Trask; 02-16-2008 at 12:44 PM.
    Don’t have the best tools, don't use the best woods and projects don’t always turnout perfeck.
    I just feel the need to work with wood!

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    I like the list, Frank. I'll be keeping a copy of that.
    Quote Originally Posted by Heather Thompson View Post
    Frank,

    Great list. I have a quick release on my bandsaw and it causes some unnecessary drama if you forget to retension the blade before hitting the power, hence I made a sign that reads.
    BLADE TENSION
    PAY ATTENTION
    The sign is stuck to the upper wheel cover right in front of my nose, no drama since the addition.

    Heather
    Mine is a little block of plywood that says "Tension Blade" on one side and "De-tension Blade" on the other. I leave it sitting upright in front of the blade, with the appropriate text pointed at me.

    Sort of like the "Clean/Dirty" magnet on the dishwasher.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Barton View Post
    Great list Frank! Here's my addition:

    21) Make sure the blade is mounted in the right direction.
    Ok Chris that is one that I wouldn't admit to.
    Daily Thought: SOME PEOPLE ARE LIKE SLINKIES..... NOT REALLY GOOD FOR ANYTHING BUT THEY BRING A SMILE TO YOUR FACE WHEN PUSHED DOWN THE STAIRS...............

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    Neat. I'm going to print that out and post in my shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    Neat. I'm going to print that out and post in my shop.
    Printing right now!

    Thanks Frank!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
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    Nice, Frank...

    I might add:

    Good skills and patience can make up for a poor tool, a good tool cannot make up for poor skills or lack of patience.

    (this next one may get me some grief from the peanut gallery, but here goes...)

    Just because they make a tool for it does not mean it's the right tool for the job. Use your brain before your wallet.
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