Recent comments

Re: Help me choose what to build for a video workshop

I lean towards option 1 like the others, but there is a case to be made for the more Euro design look of option 2. Looking again at both options, I think option 1, is, well, kind of boring. It's nice looking, but boring. I'd like to see the asymmetric curve built on option 2, despite the fact that the techniques aren't much different. So, I'll vote for option 2.

Re: How to Mortise Brass Ring Pulls

Regarding not hogging out too much wood to avoid not having 'any real estate for the screws to grab onto', assuming the pull is symmetric, why not just flip the pull into the mortise you have (after the forstner work), and draw holes where the screw holes land? There would be no guessing then.

Re: What I've Learned About the Online Woodworking Community

It's nice of Asa to recognize that his comments may have put some readers off. And nicely done.

I do enjoy some of the 'freelance' online content woodworkers post, but time and time again, I spend most of my time on paid sites like FWW.

Over time, I've learned to value editorial control. An effective and experienced editor can help prevent, well, gaffs like Asa's, when the editor is given time to review material before it goes in print or online. Effective editors remind their authors that said author may want to get a second, or third, or so opinion on a particular technique. Sometimes these are the best articles, those that address differences in technique. From proofing to production, good editing is worth paying for.

Let's face it, editors appear in all manner of professional media, as it's a proven addition to finishing a professional product.

So, despite putting some of the community off, and I'm not suggesting there's no value in the volunteers that put their work on the Web, I'm for independent professional editing as adding value to a product and will continue to pay for content that has that additional editorial control.

Re: Video Sneak-Peek of New Groundbreaking Video Workshop Series

Better that most Walmart pieces. Nice AF vid.

Re: Huge advances in woodworking technology

On the rabbiting issue, I've moved on to quality skew-rabbit handplanes. They're more of a workout, but less setup time. These days with good stay-sharp steel and modern design, hand-rabbiting isn't that bad. I leave the bulk work to the course machines, like the power jointer and planer.

Re: Fine Woodworking and the iPad

ricksite gets it right, converting lots of video using Linux is the way to go.

HTML 5/H.264 is worth the pain. They both cost very little as they're W3C and ITU standards respectively. I watch really nice, live or recorded H.264 TV such as Rough Cut on my iPhone via an iMac with a TV card over the Internet when I'm not able to watch on live and not somewhere there's a TV; and over 3G networks too.

Thanks for converting editors.

Re: Fine Woodworking On the Road: Come out and see us

We have a large, fantastic hardwood shop in my area, really nice domestic and exotic woods. Something's keeping them in business. I'm surprised there isn't more interest for classes in the Chicago or Minneapolis area.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Hand Planes in the Modern Shop by Kerry Pierce

I've been designing my new shop specifically around the idea of combining traditional hand tools with modern power tools. This book looks like it would be a great guide to helping me accomplish this task. And, it'll probably be fun to read too.

Re: We're Giving Away Grooving Planes!

For this segment, I just finished grooving the side panel you see in the picture, when our new, well meaning, just-out-of-art-school camera says 'So, why are you putting grooves in drawer panels? I mean, all the drawers I buy already come with grooves in them.' You can see my response in the photo. We stopped shooting and had a little chat about how camera's drawers got grooves in them too.

Re: We're Giving Away Grooving Planes!

Slick Plane? Uh, no camera...here, pull my finger...

Re: Cutlists are a waste of space

One of the more frustrating missing features of FWW is the cutlist. I'm a moderately experienced woodworker, but as others have mentioned, cut lists provide a starting point. The fact that some users cut all their pieces using a cut list instead of, for example, building a carcass and fitting the internal parts is a matter of education, not a reason for abstinence.

As others have noted, FWW is at least partly in business to educate it's readers. Not including a fundamental planning technique (in the magazine or online) that in part, models how experts think about a project, misses a point about what is educational. I couldn't imagine doing a story problem as a beginner in a math class without someone defining just what is a story problem, what are the important elements, and how those elements are interrelated.

Please include cut sheets with possible materials choices somewhere in the magazine or on the site.

Also, I enjoyed reading through the good thoughts and thoughtful comments from other readers.

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

I prefer the table-saw/compound miter saw combo myself. They're marginally more flexible, which adds up over time, and I feel like I have more control over them, meaning they feel safer to operate.

Where the real shift in use may have taken root may be in the fact that the table saw is much easier to move to, and between construction job sites. I still see some job sites use RAS's, but many more now use table saws. Construction folks tell me that having to manage that large arm when using the saw on-site compared to the compact form of the table saw is a real hassle.

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