robdurante

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    furniture design, making,and carving
  1. I'm a serious hobbyist, but my profession is a Scientist. I design an build my own furniture. I often wonder what is a good tolerance to take my final part size to. I typically machine mill flat and square, then rough size the parts. After stickering, and adjusting the part flat and square again, and perhaps doing the centered M&T, I will hand plane down to the finished size. One can get each board exact if needed, but is is really needed? I typically plane to +/- 0.010 inches (mostly + 0.010). I wonder what others do. I find this a pretty good tolerance to do final smoothing after assembly to match up the pieces well. Can other share their thoughts on tolerance?