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Back to basics

Technology has been creeping into how we do business for a long time now. Obviously, CNC machines have taken on an increasing role in cutting, milling, shaping, carving, etc. And hand-held tools like routers and sanders are a lot smarter than they used to be.

But as we become more and more dependent on these technologies, we need to keep in contact with the basic skills and not forget that there are simpler and often more reliable ways to accomplish tasks.

It’s good to have some basic processes to fall back on. There’s lots of ways to get those parts cut as long as you remember how we did it in “the old days”.

And, as retro as it might seem, we still have phones to use when our email or messaging is being wonky. It might even be enjoyable to have an actual conversation once in a while …

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Back to the basics

It is amazing how many people engage in an undertaking without first acquiring the basic skills needed to succeed.

Basic skills

In my junior high shop class, the instructor insisted that we begin by planing the edge of a board. The edge had to be straight and square. I spent most of the semester trying to accomplish this.

Lacking the basics

I came across an interesting question the other day. The poster said he had no woodworking experience but wanted suggestions about what tools were needed to build a project he had in mind.

Do we still need basic skills?

These days, a prospective employee is more likely to be asked about his knowledge of computers than about how well he can produce a smooth surface with a hand plane.

Watch your back

In a line in one of his early songs Bob Dylan wrote, “Don’t think twice, it’s alright”. Whatever he was referring to, it was not doing business in today’s climate.