boyntonstu wrote:You may not turn the stock upside down or lift it from its flat, on the table position.
What reason is there that I'm not allowed to turn it over?
If I could see a good reason why turning it over was a problem it would be a different matter, but this isn't precision machining where if I take the work piece out of the jig I'll never get it lined up again.
After all, it's wood - it changes shape and size with humidity, there's no sense in trying to be precise to tiny fractions.
Stu, you are welcome to your projects and ideas, but it does get a little wearing that you get up on your high horse to defend them whenever someone says "Actually mate, there's another way of doing this".
If your invention suffices for your purposes, don't feel you have to defend it! However, at the same time, don't tell everyone else that their way can't possibly work - there is more than one way to skin a cat.
Yes, perhaps their tool can't do all the things your tool can - perhaps your tool can do something much easier - but I'd also bet that your tool also can't do everything their tool can and would struggle where their tool would breeze through.
The reason people get snarky when you come along with your new ideas is that you treat them like they're the best thing since sliced bread and reject criticisms of them. If you were prepared to be more objective over the potential of your ideas, then people would be less likely to concern themselves with its shortcomings.
If your response to "Well, it wouldn't do X very well" was a modest "No it wouldn't, but I don't need it to" rather than a more confrontational accusation about the (often largely irrelevant) shortcomings of every alternative presented, we wouldn't end up descending into these fractious and ultimately fruitless discussions.
I know you'd like to receive affirmation of the potential of your ideas, but internet forums tend to be more a source of criticisms (although usually constructive in nature) than of praise. Indeed, on one forum I go on, the general rule of thumb is that a lack of response is more indicative of people having looked at it and not seeing anything to criticise than of it being poorly received.
If you're not looking for feedback and potential shortcomings, and are only looking for polite praise, then Spudfiles is probably not the best place to come for that.