Power hungry

My Aug. 20 post about 3D printing prompted a reply that included a link to a site called Profoundly Disconnected. When I clicked on the link, I got a “cannot connect to the server” error.

Ironic, huh?

This points out a major flaw in the whole “new technology” concept. It’s something I think about constantly. The fragile nature of technology and its total dependence on vast amounts of power is not discussed nearly as much as it should be.

As woodworkers, we have little involvement with energy and the development of alternatives. And yet, we are becoming more and more dependent on it to fuel the technology that runs our businesses. Many of us try to be good stewards, not wasting materials, being conscientious about things like toxins in the finishes we use and so forth. But we still expect that power to be there when we plug in our machines.

It might be a good idea to at least remember the old ways of doing things. We might need them yet.



  • Chuck R says:

    David, I don’t have a clue as to what you are trying to say. What fragile nature of technology? What dependence on vast amounts of power are you talking about? If anything, it is just the opposite.

  • Rich says:

    Three Dimension printing is the forefront of technology. But those at the forefront don’t bother to verify the accuracy of their marketing “technology”. This makes one wonder if one should do business with such a lackadaisical firm.


  • Glenn Weagle says:

    I could not agree with you more David. If anyone out there is considering employing a “woodworker” verses a machine operator, I would strongly suggest asking the applicant to show you the tools in their box or at least hand them a dull chisel or plane iron and ask them to sharpen it for you.
    When the power goes out, there’s nothing like having good sharp hand tools and the knowledge to use them to back you up.

  • Jeff Duncan says:

    If the power goes out, as in failure of the grid, the least of my worries is going to be going to work and figuring out how to do without machines. If the grid goes down there’s not going to be any work for a while as there won’t be anyone paying…..they won’t have access to money!

    My concern is more with the fragility of “technology” in the shop. Most traditional WW machinery is repairable with a basic knowledge of mechanics and a basic set of tools. However when the circuit board of a CNC machine goes, or some other little electronic doodad fails, we can be left totally stuck! Bigger shops have deeper pockets to pay for techs to come in and diagnose and repair the problem. Smaller shops however can easily be stuck with a machine too expensive to repair, which becomes a very expensive boat anchor:>(


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