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Make a pattern from one of your hand planes. Or use these: http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.aspx?p=63262
Sure, some people find it easier to remember a simple process rather than an imposing matrix of numbers. I did much better at math when I got to algebra and calculus and the numbers, in many cases, went away. Another example is I play lots of stuff on guitar and I can't tell you what note I'm playing or what cords. The process to play notes is much easier for me when I get rid of all the theory and dispense with memorizing the fretboard, scales, and cords. Having said that, it doesn't stop me from studying Bach.
True, I use a calculator. The point of this instructable is to show a method of multiplication for those who can't memorize all of the times tables. If you have a less complicated method using your fingers, let's see it.
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