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I've been searching the forum for a recent post by a teacher which I attempted to answer yesterday when the forum had a BIG problem, but I can't find it. The writer complained that when he asked students to make something, instead of asking questions to him, they would resort to Youtube. Well, I don't see a problem with that, as we all know there are more ways to achieve a specific result than just one. That's one of the beauties of this forum, a question is asked and different members provide different answers, most if not all of the answers will achieve the required result. I posted a few pdf's which have been previously posted here way back and not in a single one have I ever said "THIS IS THE WAY TO DO IT" rather, it's the way that I decided on the day to do it.
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Harry, I/we have always found your suggestions and advice supremely helpful. They are missed.

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I have been working with wood for 50 years and when I started out I couldn't afford much in the way of tools so the way I made things back then is very different from the way I do now after collecting new tools along the way. This is one of the things I love about woodworking, there are many different ways to achieve the same results and sometimes different results achieve the same objective.
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I've seen what you describe many times on here Harry. Someone asks a question and gets maybe 6 viable methods for accomplishing what he needs. Then they pick one to try. Not that that one was what I thought was the best way but it was the way that fit with their experience, tools, and abilities.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Harry and Chuck - so very true!

By the way, My grandparents (who are now long deceased) cleared-me-up on the expression "More than one way to skin a cat" it was from the 1800's when both of them were born - the "cats" were not lions, tigers or house cats; but rather they were CATFISH !

For several years, as a child; I always wondered why people would try to think of multiple ways to skin (house) cats, but then I learned. And, based on my own personal experience; there are many ways to skin CATFISH - because if one isn't very careful they may get poked by one of those pain-causing spines!

Using this line of thought, I've always thought of my own ways to accomplish tasks. Surprising, construction sequencing is something I've always paid special attention to - and it has led me to numerous of my patented (or patent-pending) inventions!

I owned a construction company in the late 1970's to the mid 1980's named: WATERTIGHT FOUNDATIONS. It was truly amazing how many builders would watch me and my crews work and comment, "Why are you doing THAT first?". After several projects, they learned that often we offered better sequencing!

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The writer complained that when he asked students to make something, instead of asking questions to him, they would resort to Youtube.
The major problem I see with youtube 'how to' videos, is, a large percentage of the people making the videos don't really know what they are doing. It is really hard sometimes to sort out the videos to pay attention to, for a specific skill, and which to ignore. Like the one where the guy was teaching gun safety, and shot himself in the leg. Not a good idea.

I did use youtube to look up how to make a small wood lathe. I could actually make one, but wanted to see if someone else had some better ideas. If I make one, all I will be making with it would be wooden carving mallets, that turns out to be the only thing I like to make with a wood lathe. Well, found a video where a guy showed how to make a simple wood lathe, in about a 3 minute video. Exactly what I was after. Then there was the video following that one. The video was 12 minutes long, and in the end the lathe was not that great. I consider youtube is for entertanment, not education, on the whole.

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Charles, you have expressed EXACTLY what is in my mind.
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Harry and Chuck - so very true!

By the way, My grandparents (who are now long deceased) cleared-me-up on the expression "More than one way to skin a cat" it was from the 1800's when both of them were born - the "cats" were not lions, tigers or house cats; but rather they were CATFISH !

For several years, as a child; I always wondered why people would try to think of multiple ways to skin (house) cats, but then I learned. And, based on my own personal experience; there are many ways to skin CATFISH - because if one isn't very careful they may get poked by one of those pain-causing spines!

Using this line of thought, I've always thought of my own ways to accomplish tasks. Surprising, construction sequencing is something I've always paid special attention to - and it has led me to numerous of my patented (or patent-pending) inventions!

I owned a construction company in the late 1970's to the mid 1980's named: WATERTIGHT FOUNDATIONS. It was truly amazing how many builders would watch me and my crews work and comment, "Why are you doing THAT first?". After several projects, they learned that often we offered better sequencing!

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