I discovered this along with other reports by Jon Binzen that I hadn't seen before. For me they are consistently among the best things on the FWW site and the main reason I'll continue to subscribe.
Terrific content. Do you know what animation software was used to generate the Mechanical Table video?
I really don't understand the proclivity for axonometric drawings. When counting on drawings for their dimensional information then orthographic projection 1:1 is the way to go. Plans, elevations and sections with the drawings related one to the other give all the information needed without further interpolation.
This is a completely pointless exercize since the video shows a bandsaw right behind the table saw. A faster and safer technique is to make the shoulder cuts on the table saw and the cheek cuts on the bandsaw. Lateral cuts on the table are inefficient and inherently dangerous because the cutting surface of the blade does not fully engage the wood and the force of the cutter is away from and not into the miter gauge. Working like this is very bad form and I would dismiss anyone operating equipment like this in my shop.
In the early days of Fine Woodworking project drawings were often printed as orthographic projections which is the standard professional practice. I find drawings in this mode much more useful than the exploded schematics that the magazine now favors. As for cut-lists. In my shop the practice is to include a Rough (length plus 1", thickness plus 1/4") cut list on the same sheet as the full-sized drawing. You need the list to buy or pull your stock and to accomplish the rough milling. You confirm finish dimensions by coordinating with the full-size drawing and he piece as its being built. If space is lacking to include a proper drawing along with a cut-list this information could be posted on line.
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