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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.


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Blog Posts

How I Manage To Reply To All My YouTube Comments

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I make an effort to reply to all comments people leave on my YouTube videos. YouTube doesn’t always do a great job of notifying us creators when we receive comments, especially replies to old comments. So I wrote some custom software to help solve the problem.

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Dust Collection and PVC Static Fire Danger?

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One of the most common topics I see in the comments on my Dust Collection for Newbies video is about the perceived dangers of static electricity and PVC, and whether you need to ground your system or not. I’ve finally decided to put my thoughts on the subject in a blog post, so I don’t have to repeat myself every time.

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Woodworking and ADD (redux)

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This post is about how my ADD affects my woodworking. I’ve mentioned this subject before, and in fact some of this text is from a previous post. But I’m going to be expanding on this in the near future, so I thought I’d talk about it again. If you find this information useful, please share this post.

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What am I working on?

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Sorry it’s been a while since I uploaded a blog post. I can’t say for sure why I haven’t been posting, but I want to remedy that. Here’s a start.

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Annoying Scratches On My SawStop PCS Cast Iron Top

  • 4 min read

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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