It’s funny that the woodworking forums are starting to recognize that nothing good can ever come from discussions about Saw Stop and are now starting to preemptively shut down any threads about them, knowing the shit storm that is to come.
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I know, this is getting old, but this has been an ongoing discussion over on the woodworking forum and I find it bizarre to watch how many people will actually argue against personal responsibility for their own safety and for the nanny-state. I find it all absurd.
To recap, there have been a number of posts made for people who supposedly severely injured themselves with a table saw, all while doing something utterly idiotic, and instead of blaming themselves, they blame the saw. These people are morons.
I see these stories from time to time, mostly posted by the Saw Stop brigade, about people whose fingers have met a nasty end because of their table saw and therefore, everyone should buy their holy grail.
Yeah, but if you look at these stories, they are always, without exception, people doing stupid things. Maybe if you don’t want to be injured, you shouldn’t be an idiot!
This kind of stuff pops up constantly, as the Cult of Saw Stop tries to get people to buy their saws, whether people want them or not. So this guy starts asking what kind of table saw he should buy, which is always a dangerous topic, and someone pops up with:
If you continually find it difficult to stay focused, if your mind constantly wanders while running power tools, if you have extremely poor hand/eye coordination, if mechanical things confuse you, if working with tools has always been a mystery to you, if you are constantly injuring yourself on the simplest tasks, get the Saw Stop.
And my response was… you mean people who shouldn’t be woodworkers in the first place, right?
A recent thread popped up on a woodworking forum about passing on your woodworking legacy to your children. Lots of people said that their kids weren’t interested and it was a real shame.
Why does it matter if your children follow in your footsteps in everything you do? I have never understood that.
Today, a post showed up on a woodworking forum from a guy living in Florida who desperately wanted to know how to stop his tools from rusting. I can understand that, living in a very humid environment, rust would be a significant problem. So people suggested a wide variety of solutions and things he could do to mitigate the problem.
And he turned them all down.
This is something that keeps coming up, now that I’m doing a lot of renovation on the new house, but I keep finding that I need to move big items and unfortunately, I really don’t have a good way of doing it.
But it isn’t just moving around doors and fences, but it’s really hard to go get wood for woodworking. So how do people manage it if you don’t have a truck?
I keep running across people on YouTube who, while they produce some beautiful work, I can’t understand why they refuse to use power tools to either make their work better, or to make it easier to produce good results.
I mean, I just watched a video on YouTube with some guy making a saw till and at one point he used a power drill and he actually apologized for doing so! It’s like he’s now a heretic for daring to perform the sacrilege of power tool usage against his holy hand tool religion. Seriously, I don’t get it.
Over on one of the woodworking forums I frequent, someone posted a question, what is it that becoming a “contributing” member gets you? It isn’t like the cost is high, just a few dollars a year that goes to keeping the site functional, but his question was actually one that I’ve considered many, many times. What is it that I actually get out of handing over money that I wouldn’t get from just using it as a free member?
That was something I asked myself today. I stopped subscribing to every woodworking magazine, and I got pretty much all of them, a couple of years ago when I realized that there just wasn’t anything in them that I cared about and they just rotated content constantly, republishing essentially the same article over and over and over again. So I asked myself, is there anything in these magazines that is worth actually reading?