(Voice: Grumpy old man)
Back when I was a boy, we didn’t have no fancy ding dang calculators in school, We had to learn to do ‘rithmetic the old fashion way! And sometimes you had to use the toes of the boy next to you to count them high numbers! And back when I took shop, we didn’t have no sissy pants CNC machines to do our carving for us! What’s this world coming to! Next thing you know cats will be marrying dogs and we all be eatin’ chick weed! …..I’m goin’ to take a nap…..
(Yaakov’s voice: which is cross between John Boy Walton and Duke Slater from Gomer Pyle)
You know, I think the old man is right this time. Back in the day when Norm Abram starting using his drum sander (which was the size of a VW Bug), I was annoyed that he used that machine on a “how-to” woodworking show. However, now that I look back at it, that machine was just a great big power planer, but the other day I saw something that really bugged me.
I recorded an episode of the American Workshopwith Scott Philips in which he made a classic Queen Anne lowboy.
Of course he used pocket screws and dovetail jigs which is all fine as far as I am concerned, but what made me cry foul was the use of a CNC carving machine to carve the sea shell design. Come on! This is a woodworking “how-to:” show. It’s not fair to whip out a $1.6k CNC carving machine. That’s not woodworking! That’s computer programming!
The old man had a point. First you learn how do to math, then you get to use a calculator, so first you learn to carve, then you get a CNC machine. If you are a production shop that regularly needs this work done, okay, but I call FOUL, when a DIY show uses one for woodworking show. Why don’t you just buy a great big CNC machine and have it make the whole piece of furniture for you?! Is this what we are to expect for the future of woodworking in the home. Humbug!