Episode 41 – Tolerances

41_ThousandthsIn this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking, the guys fight over who gets to stand on the soap box. The topic is: How tight are your tolerances? During the conversation, it becomes abundantly clear how Chuck and Glen feel about the constant push toward working in thousandths of an inch. Chuck reflects back to a lesson learned from his high school shop teacher, and Glen talks about a conversation had while standing in line at a woodworking store. At the close of this podcast is some sage advice!

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2 thoughts on “Episode 41 – Tolerances

  1. I always enjoy the podcast and I agree with what I believe to be your actual feelings on the topic that macro tolerances like overall widths or overhangs are pretty loose and in the 1/16″ range, but perhaps you should differentiate that at micro level of joinery fits, you a really are talking about cut-to-fit tolerances, which ARE on the level of thousandths (if you were to measure) it would be equally frustrating for new woodworkers to cut joints to the 1/16″ and then be disappointed with gaps or interferences that drives at the micro level.

    I think the best way I’ve seen this illustrated is in the video shown here
    http://www.bridgecitytools.com/blog/2010/11/02/how-close-is-close-enough/

  2. Glad to hear a couple of pros think like I do.
    I can’t think of anything short of a super-tight tolerance machine setup that requires anything close to those specs.
    Good podcast fellas.

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