Pint of bass, porkpie, and packet of crisps please
- 7 Jul 2010
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Well well there's a surprise! So it's a good idea to have a flattish work surface? The man who discovered this must be a genius! Was this a recent development? Did he get a Nobel prize?It means thin stock will bend if the underside isn't flat.
"Acknowledgment regarding the opposite face"
Pretty well yes.You might not have noticed as you said yourself, you work to no better than 1/32".
This is why the imperial system more or less stops at 1/64". Below that and you can't see it.
The big woodwork and general craft trick is to fit things together and/or finish things off in such a way that it looks as though you are working with high precision, e.g. planing off the ends of through tenons, or dovetails, after they are finished, such that they are precisely well within thousandths of an inch of the drawer side etc.
Another common trick is to undercut the reverse shoulder of a M&T joint just enough to ensure that the visible face side shoulder is up tight, dead precise.
This is probably why there is such an obsession with precise measurements for those haven't quite understood craft processes.
Craft workers don't actually work to those tolerances, but they can fake it, in fact that's what it's all about!