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Welcome to What Really Grinds My Chisels, an occasional feature where the Popular Woodworking editors tackle subjects they feel passionate about.

I consider myself a pretty traditional woodworker. I heavily favor hand tools because that’s how I like to work. But, I also realize that there’s a particular part of woodworking that I enjoy, so I will supplement my woodworking with power tools to get me to where I want to be faster. 

With that being said, there’s one comment and mentality that just rubs me the wrong way. And that is “CNC isn’t woodworking”  and that it somehow makes you less of a woodworker. If you stop to think for a moment and imagine when the first powered table saw came out. I’m not talking about jack-shaft-driven saws. I’m talking about a table saw that hobbyists, like you and me, could have in their shop and, all of a sudden, cut as quickly and efficiently as the big commercial cabinet shops.


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