MARK V Introduction
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feel that power tools are complicated machines, to be operated
only by skilled technicians. Actually they are a means for
almost anyone to achieve high-quality workmanship with a minimum
tools are woodworking experts. They do not require the long
period of apprenticeship needed to accomplish fine work with
hand tools. The essentials of woodworking are reduced to a
few fundamentals of proper machine setup. Accuracy, speed,
and power are built into the machine; the operator merely
sets it and guides it.
who has ever tried to cut a board with a handsaw will probably
agree that a certain amount of skill is required for even
this most elementary woodworking operation. With a table saw,
however, the operator merely sets the rip fence or the miter
gauge, turns on the motor, and moves the board forward. The
saw cuts the board quickly and easily, producing an edge that
is straight and square.
tool does not care who flicks the switch. It will perform
in exactly the same way whether the operator is skilled or
unskilled. It does a good job--a consistently good job. All
the little variations, all the small discrepancies that occur
in handwork, are eliminated.
of these tips is to supplement the self-confidence that comes
with ownership of power tools. All the information needed
for basic power tool function is included in these tips and
any woodworking project can be completed through use of the
techniques and procedures described. Even highly advanced
techniques are shown to be no more than step-by-step procedures
that can be followed by anyone.
the operations and techniques shown throughout these tips
can be performed on the Shopsmith Woodworking System. Whether
you have all the components of the System or are just starting
out, these tips will help you to perform woodworking procedures
with ease, confidence and accuracy. As you use your System,
your skills and confidence will increase and soon you'll find
your self attempting more advanced procedures and techniques.
You'll also notice that your projects are becoming more professional
is a wonderful means for personal expression, a great source
of satisfaction and a perfect way to relax. So, start to build
your System, get to know it, use it frequently, work safely
and enjoy the rewards.
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