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Re: Futures in the Shop - Real and Imagined

Tim, You can set your electronics to stay "awake", of course. But I wouldn't want my nice, new iPad on the bench, either. I'm working on a design to place it on one of the lightweight studio lamp stands from my camera room. Dust, naturally is part of the workshop environment, so I just make sure I have a good lens cleaning cloth handy, even when I'm not in my workshop.
This shouldn't be misconstrued as an argument!
For most of us, having our electronic devices with us in the shop doesn't work as well as we'd like. I'm just making a case for not slamming the door.
Don Butler

Re: The Ghostly Woodworker

Frank, as a fellow woodworker/digital artist, I want to offer my congratulations and admiration for your various skills. They are, woodworking, planning, excellent camera work, wonderful sound editing, superb post-processing. enormous patience and a good sense of humor.
I also would say your equipment, both for working wood and that with which you made this video are impressive, not to speak of the imaginative way you used it.
It makes me wonder - how do you describe yourself? Do you think of yourself as a woodworker first? A photographer? Videographer? Sound technician?
Whatever you call yourself, you do it exceedingly well!
I thought I might try to make up a compound word that would incorporate all those job descriptions, but I gave up almost immediately.
Thanks for this great piece of work
Don "Dances With Wood" Butler

Re: Der Zinkenknecht, a Dovetail Jig

There doesn't seem to be much information here. How is it built, how does it work?


Re: Curved Surfaces in SketchUp

Now, I have to go get Curviloft!

Don Butler

Re: Intersects to Create Mortises

Dave, you did it again.
As long as I have been using this program, I never used Orient Faces!
Thanks for this.
Don Butler

Re: A Curved Leg With a Simple Inlay

Even when a model is simple, your approach to getting the desired effect is far better than anything I would have tried.

Thanks for this and know I'll keep this tutorial in my memory bank!

Don Butler

Re: It's impossible to cheat at woodworking

I use power tools and make many jigs and fixtures in my woodworking shop.
After decades of making photographs with film and chemicals, I now use a DSLR.
Drawing, painting and printing fine art images has been my passion for many years, yet I now use my computer to make artistic images.
My wife is a professional knitter who also sells and teaches the use of knitting machines.
Not a few times we have heard the comment, "That's cheating". So, I like to put it this way:
Is it cheating when my wife uses a sewing machine instead of stitching by hand?
Is it cheating if she uses a vacuum cleaner instead of a broom?
Is it cheating if she uses our kitchen range instead of a bonfire in the back yard?
I know many artists who draw or paint looking at a photograph instead of sitting outside in whatever weather exists at the time.
The remark that using tools to get things done, whether they are mundane or Art (uppercase intentional), exhibits a restricted view of things. Surely there are many ways to do things and hewing to rigid rules limits what we may do.
Thanks for resurrecting the subject, Matt. It may not convince the naysayers, but it exposes how narrow views can inhibit the work we do.
Don Butler

Re: UPDATE: Routers & Router Tables from the editors of Fine Woodworking

Routers have always been one of my favorite tools.


Re: UPDATE: Refinishing Furniture Made Simple (with DVD) by Jeff Jewitt

I like to have the book!


Re: Win an all-access pass to Fine Woodworking Live!

Sign me up, too!
I haven't been to a ww show in years!


Re: SketchUp 8 M2 Released

Thanks Dave!
SketchUp made it easy for us. Just open SU and it says a new version is available, and click here to get it.


Re: UPDATE: Using and Tuning Your Bandsaw by Hendrik Varju

The competition looks heavy, but I'm always looking for more information on machine maintenance.

Re: Tracing a Reference Drawing

as usual, this blog reveals your mastery of this medium.
And, as usual, I would have made the mistake of 'turning' the entire column with FollowMe instead of making a wedge, thus increasing the file size!
Thanks for this nice tutorial.


Re: Drawing a Flame Finial


Thanks for this!

I tried to do this a few weeks ago, but failed badly.

I knew I could count on you!

Don "Dances with Wood" Butler

Re: Drawing a Flame Finial

Re: Have you seen Tommy Mac's new woodworking show? Let us know what you think.

Sad to relate, here in the hinterlands, our local PBS station reports that they have "just begun recording" Rough Cuts, whatever that means.
Tentative start date is December.

Re: A Fluted Quarter Column

My foggy old brain gets it!
FollowMe wants a perpendicular line.
That's why you rotate you circular paths half a segment.

I got it!
At last!


Re: Is the Radial Arm Saw on its Last Legs?

Well, it's extinct as far as I'm concerned.

As an owner of three of them, in the past, I can tell you this. I won't give the precious floor space to another one. I've given the RAS all the money, time and material I can.
Imprecise and cranky, dangerous, too, it just doesn't compare well with other saws. Not even the ShopSmith.

The maintenance factor alone makes it a poor competitor. I just don't want to have to check a saw every time I use it to see what else has slipped out of square or gone loose.

I find my stationary cabinet saw is rock solid and even when I check it, rarely, it's still square and parallel, and needs only cleaning and lubrication.

Is the Radial Arm Saw extinct?
I hope so.

Don "Dances with Wood" Butler

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to Choosing & Installing Hardware by Robert J. Settich

I have great respect for FWW's publications.
So, I'd really like to have this book.

Re: Components & Make Unique -- A Simple Piano Hinge


As sometimes happens, my eye slipped right past the word "shift", probably because I thought I knew what I was doing.

Thanks for your help, as usual.


Re: Components & Make Unique -- A Simple Piano Hinge

Ummm - For some reason that isn't working for me.
After creating the component and copying it so they abut one another, I open each component for editing and use the erase tool with the control key on each seam line. When I'm all done the seams are visible just as they were when I started.

Re: Components & Make Unique -- A Simple Piano Hinge

I was going to show you a drawing, but I don't see how to do it here.
I was able to follow your clear instructions, all except the part about making it look continuous.
Instead, I expoded all the bits and intersected them, Erasing lines was then easy.
What did I miss in the instructions? I wasn't getting it right, I guess.

Re: Wrapping Beadboard Around a Curved Surface

I've noticed a curious thing. If I'm not logged on the images in the article don't show.
Another thing is Shape Bender.
I followed the link and, for the life of me, can't download it.
Where's the download link?
By the way, nice tut.


Re: FREE PLAN: Rip Fence Extension: A Safer Way to Cut Plywood

That infeed support wouldn't hold for a second if it was needed for support of a sheet of plywood.

Either it should be supported by a leg or it should be eliminated, because the whole extension rig could be popped off the rip fence in a heart beat without it.

I prefer to break 4x8 sheets down with a guided circular saw.


Re: Shop made grooving planes

Matt said: "but what in particular would you like to know about them?"

Materials dimensions, sources, video demonstration of the steps in building, - EVERYTHING!

Matt said:"They weren't hard to make. I basically used the Krenov method and it only took me about 1 hour to get the pair done."

What's the Krenov method? I don't know what that is.

These are neat planes and it would be great to know more about them.

Did you make one to do the drawer bottom groove and the other to make a rabbet on the edge? I sort of looks like that in the photo.

So much to learn! So little time!

Best regards,
Don Butler, working wood in Waterford, PA

Re: Using the Shape Bender Plugin

Thanks for this video demonstration. When I originally installed shape bender much difficulty was experienced. Your step by step demo got me going on the right track.

Thanks, once again.


Re: Seven Beginning Steps in SketchUp


I heartily endorse your view, continuous use of SketchUp is essential. I learned to use SU, after a fashion, by watching the many video demonstrations available online, and through everyday practice. The demonstrations helped a lot, but without the daily practice I would never have achieved the abilities that I did.
I add this, without contributors like you and Dave, I would be stuck at a much lower level.
However, complications in my life kept me from using SU for a while, and I found myself struggling.
Yes, one must continue to keep the skills learned at a fine hone!


ps. I tried to find your domain, killenwood, but the 'web doesn't seem to have such an address.


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