Welcome to The Newbie Woodworker

My main focus is on newbies, but I also have a lot of content that may be more useful to the seasoned woodworker. So whether you’re just starting out, or you’ve been doing this for a while, take a look around.

Notes:

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Blog Posts

Annoying Scratches On My SawStop PCS Cast Iron Top

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I just finished editing a new video, and uploading it to YouTube. The video has some closeups of my SawStoP PCS’s cast iron table top, which means that all the ugly scratches were brought out front and center. Don’t bother looking for them in the video, though, because I edited them out using various masking techniques. Why did I edit them out? Read on to find out.

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Infinity Throat Plate Decision Status

  • 2 min read



I said in the last post that I’d post my final conclusions about the Infinity Throat Plate, so here I am. But I can’t say for sure these are my final conclusions, so instead let’s just say that this is where my mind is, right now.

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Decoding SawStop’s Finger Detection System

  • 12 min read



Let’s go sleuthing! We’re going to uncover the secrets of a SawStop brake, like how it knows if the blade touched your finger or just a nail. And we’ll discover that it’s not as simple as we thought. So if you think you know everything there is to know about how, when, and why a SawStop brake gets triggered, Wait! There’s more!

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Thanks for the heads-up, Steve

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Steve Ramsey announced on Instagram a couple of days ago that he’s opening up his “Powered Up” online course for enrollment again. And of course I don’t have the review video ready. It would have been nice if Steve had given me a heads up. 😛 (Just kidding - Steve has no idea who I am, I’m sure.)

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You don’t know what you don’t know.

  • 4 min read

One of my favorite statements is “You don’t know what you don’t know.” It’s so true, and yet we forget it every day. Here’s an example, based on a real life event that happened to me yesterday.

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New Video Gear

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So I just spent a lot of money on video gear and assorted accessories. It’s not all here yet, but it will be soon.

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