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Odd Legs?

Andy Rooney's tabic legs, shown on the front cover of AW #63, arc not the same. Was this intentional on Andy's part or was it an honest mistake? Anyway, what counts is that it is a nice cable regardless of the legs. It can always be a conversation piece.

Joseph DeMelo Quebec, Canada

I fully agree with Andy Rooney that there is never enough wood, nor enough space to store it with all those tools getting in the way. But I have one question: Were the mismatched legs on his end table intentional? I like it a lot anyway.

Enn Veskimets

The article on Andy Rooney is excellent. His commentary on wood collecting was required reading for my spouse— my shop is overflowing, too. After seeing the table legs, she is convinced that we went to the same school.

Kermit Moffitt

New Bern, NC

Andy Rooney replies: It is not what some of your readers called an "odd leg." The world's obsession with symmetry is not shared by me. If we have one of something on one side, why are we obliged to have another just like it on the other? I have a duplicator on my lathe but seldom use it because it amuses me to turn four different legs—or bedposts.

Andy's Wife Is Not Alone

After reading Andy Rooney's article in AW #63, which describes my husband to a T-square, all I can do as a sympathetic therapist and co-sufferer is offer a support group to his wife and the spouses of similarly afflicted individuals.

Louise Marcigliano, M.S.W.

Port Washington, NY

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Not in Favor of the Inch

I read with interest Mr. J.R. Bead's article entitled "In Favor of the Inch" (AW #63). Many times in my professional day, I hear negative comments from some Americans regarding the metric system. People prefer what they have grown up with or what they have been trained on.

I have used both systems and can attest that the metric system is much easier, faster, and less prone to mistakes. I can do most of the metric problems in my head or with an ordinary calculator. We are used to visualizing lengths in the "English" system, so we find it easier. But if math is involved, the metric system wins hands down.

Luckily for metricphobes we are moving to the metric system so slowly that most of us will be dead by the time it is fully adopted. Our minds are already made up, but our children should be permitted to learn and use both systems so the)' can make their own decision.

James Wagner Mound, MN

I feel that J.R. Beall makes mistakes and misses the point in "In Favor of the Inch." The biggest problem with

Lovely lowboy.

Chatt McConagill built this Queen Anne classic from plans in issue #38.

his essay is that it is built on doing something that woodworkers should not be doing anyway: measuring and calculating divisions. Measuring tools lose accuracy, and it is much more accurate to use marking sticks and calipers to transfer measurements rather than use a ruler and write them down. A centering ruler, whether metric or English, or a dividing stick does a better job of dividing than does a ruler and a calculation.

Mike Firth

Dallas, TX

J.R. Beall replies: I agree that the conventions of the English system arc unrealistic. In my essay I tried to point out that the metric system is hardly more helpful in this regard. I also agree that adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators is more difficult than using metric measurements. I, too, think that the metric system should be taught in schools and that, with the possible exception of the centimeter in the world of woodworking, it makes excellent sense. In my essay, I state clearly that it is only the centimeter that I find lacking. If it were about twice as long and divided into fractions, I would view it with fondness.

Making It Easy

I enjoyed building Lonnie Bird's Queen Anne lowboy (AW #38), and I think Lonnie is a pretty talented fellow, not i his artistic ability as a woodworker, but also in >ility to put down on a couple of pages sufficient protetto da copyngt

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