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quotes from Michael Dunbar. Some sage advice, there.

1. Don't Rush...
- Don't confuse working quickly with rushing..

2. Learn to sharpen...
- It opens the door to faster, easier techniques that yield better results...

3. You get what you pay for....
- When you try to cut corners by buying low-end brand or lower-quality materials, you set yourself up for disappointment...

4. Finishing is half the battle...
- Finishing is as important as the woodworking and frequently takes as long...

5. Practice makes perfect...
- Try unfamiliar skills on scrap...

6. Dry fit before glue-up...
- Don't discover nasty surprises after the glue has been spread...

7. Glue won't rescue poor joinery..
- While there are tricks for correcting mistakes, these should never be thought of as ways to get around good workmanship...

8. Your router won't do everything...
- There are no universal wonder tools that will do everything perfectly and effortlessly...

9 Use both hand and power tools...
- An efficient, effective woodworker know how to use both machine and hand tools...

10. Keep your shop clean...
- Keep your shop tuned up and well-maintained...
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Great post Stick. Excellent guidance as always.

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Good thoughts, Stick.

"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits". Albert Einstein
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11. Always remember it is supposed to be fun. ......
- Sometimes it is better to walk away for a bit if you need to when things aren't going as planned.

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Thanks for the good advice. I may humbly add stop when hungry or tired. I was rushing trying to finish cut a door panel as I was very Hungry. As you can guess I cut it an inch too short. Was I going to give up, never. So I cut the next panel only half an inch short. Decided to go get something to eat and try again later. Third time was a charm!
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Good list. I agree with Doug and others about the tired one. I'll either quit or switch over to sanding when I realize that things aren't going well because of fatigue.

I would also add to #6 that clamps and extra clamping pressure are also not meant to rescue poor joinery.

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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11. Always remember it is supposed to be fun. ......
- Sometimes it is better to walk away for a bit if you need to when things aren't going as planned.
true that...

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Good list. I agree with Doug and others about the tired one. I'll either quit or switch over to sanding when I realize that things aren't going well because of fatigue.

I would also add to #6 that clamps and extra clamping pressure are also not meant to rescue poor joinery.
it/they all contribute to your safety...

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One I learned from an old carpenter years ago that has stuck with me.

"You can buy a good tool once or keep buying the cheap stuff over & over." The other part was to save your money until you could afford the good tool and only buy lesser quality when you plan to use it once. You don't necessarily need the most expensive tool but go for quality.
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Easy to read...just as easy to forget...unfortunately...

Thanks for the reminder...

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