Beginner's Ignorance About Choosing Tools
There was a thread started yesterday about reviews on tools. It is now gone into the weeds where nobody but the experts can find it again so I can't post to it, but the thread did make me think about how a person with no experience can possibly know how to pick a new toold. When I needed or least wanted a biscuit cutter I bought one Freud, it works fine, but I don't know squat what a good one is and what a bad one is. The same thing with a palm sander, the local hardware store had a Dewalt when I wanted one, I bought it and it works fine for me, maybe this is because I don't know better, for all I know, from a knowledgable and experienced woodworker both the biscuit cutter and the palm saner are junk and would never be seen in their shop.
There is no answer to what I am alluding to really, the thread that I mentioned just caused me to wonder how I would, as an ignorant beginner ever know what to buy. Over time a person probably will learn from experience what tools are right for what he or she is attempting to do. To me, for the time anyway, the biscuit cutter cuts the slots for the biscuits just fine, it's all it can do so what would a better one do that the one I have do that this won't do. Same thing with the pam sander, what can a palm sander do besides sand.
A good example for me about the learning curve as when I first bought a simple square at the local hardward store for about ten dollars. Shortly after that I bought a copy of the Incra V27 miter gauge and found that it did not come calibrated out of the box. When I tried to calibrate it with the ten dollar square it was apparent that a problem existed. After spending $70 for a Guarenteed Square I was able to calibrate the miter gauge. But in my ignorance I bought the cheap square. I didn't know that it was not sqare when I boutht it, it was square and it should be square.
Perhaps it would be fare to say that learning about such thing is just part of the fun that is associated with leanring about woodworking. Anyway, that's the way I am looking at it and reading the threads and posts on this forum sure has been a great help to me.
By the way, does anybody know of any reason that I should SC the Dewalt palm sand and what should I replace it with????? Same thing with the biscuit cutter and what will the replacements that I can't do now that would make be happier.