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I’m focusing on basic skills in PW. Know that this isn’t news from the mountain top, but rather my very real commitment to fundamentals in my own shop.

“Fundamentals” could mean different things to different people. Here’s what the word means to me: My goal is to:

1) Be able to measure and mark rough stock to allow me to get the most project out of a piece of wood.
2) Process rough stock into acceptably finished boards QUICKLY. “Acceptable” means different things to different people. Certainly it’s got to function. Mating surfaces need to be good enough to not drive other parts to be fettled. As for speed, hand tool work will never be as fast as power tool work. But I strive to produce work in reasonable amounts of time. This is part of being craftsmanly in my opinion.
3) Execute joinery that is fit for purpose. Doesn’t have to be picture perfect. But it should be neat and above all, functional.
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