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There’s a great website I’ve been meaning to talk about for quite a while, called CutList Optimizer. I’m currently working on a video about it, and this is the accompanying article. As the name says, CutList Optimizer generates lists for the optimal way to cut stock into the sizes you need for a project.
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.
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.
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!
It seems everyone and their brother are recommending this blade, so I thought I’d give it a try.
I made MAJOR progress over the last few days, even if I did have to build the drawer 3 times before I was satisfied with it.
I finally managed to get back to working on the router table. Today I added the melamine top.
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.)
I had an interesting (and very positive) interaction with Amazon today.
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.
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.
I’ve been kind of busy the last couple of days with other things, so I haven’t gotten a lot done. On the other hand, it feels like I got a lot done, for some reason.
It’s kind of surreal to see my “SawStop Saved My Thumb! What Happens Next?” video get so many views so quickly. The last I looked, it was over 113,000 views in a about 3 weeks. That’s kind of crazy, at least for one of my videos. That makes it my 5th highest viewed video, and the other videos have been out for way longer.
I’m sure most of you know by now, but I’ve got a new video out, so be sure to check it out. But I wanted to blog about some geek stuff.
Sometimes it’s hard to be a YouTube content creator. You have to come up with a new idea, figure out how to present it, then film it and edit it so that people won’t lose interest and stop watching. Not to mention coming up with a thumbnail and title that hopefully will interest people, without misrepresenting what the video is actually about (clickbait). But that’s not what this post is about.
I’ve got a new article up with some tips I learned while assembling my SawStop PCS.
Sometimes, when engaging in a creative endeavor like making videos, writing books, or making music, there comes a time when you just hit a wall. Full stop. WTF am I doing, how did I get here, and can I go home now?
Today I tried again to clean some rust and smudges off my SawStop PCS’s cast iron table, and put a protective coating on it. It continues to amaze me that I don’t seem to be able to exhaust the ways in which I can fail, or at least not totally succeed. But I continue to gain comfort in the knowledge that my failures are the reason I can create videos and articles that help other people avoid those failures.
I’ve got a new article up about how to setup a SawStop PCS T-Glide fence. I’d like any input you might care to give. I already have some changes coming, but I know it’s a work in progress.
I received a comment on my SawStop Saved My Thumb video, and I’m trying to come up with a good response. I’m hoping some of you might have some suggestions. And just so you know, contrary to what you might think, these comments don’t bother me. I usually come up with pretty good responses. But this one has me a little stumped.
Sorry for the sporadic posts lately.
It was time to say goodbye to a dearly beloved friend today - someone who had been there for me from the beginning, but always put me in place when I got out of line. Yes, it was time to say goodbye…
If you saw my most recent video, or you’ve been following along in this blog, you know I replaced my SawStop JobSite Saw (JSS) with a SawStop Professional Cabinet Saw (PCS). People have been asking me why I did it. I’ll be putting out a video explaining it, but until then, I thought I’d give you an explanation here.
I’m not planning any posts this weekend. I want to play with my new saw, and not be distracted. Do you blame me?
The title says it all.
I’m 62 years old, but normally I don’t feel old at all. Oh, some grunting when I get up out of a chair, a few aches and pains, but I just don’t normally feel like I’m 62. Until today.
I mentioned in yesterday’s post that I bought a new SawStop PCS (Professional Cabinet Saw), but I didn’t have a lot of time to elaborate. So I’ll bring you up to speed here, even though I still have a lot of assembling left to do. But if I wait until later tonight, I’ll be too tired to write.
I bought the 1.75hp SawStop Professional Cabinet Saw with the 36” top and T-Glide fence from the Woodcraft store in Fountain Valley, CA. The store’s run by a really nice couple - the kind of people I’d love to get to know. Too bad the store is so far away, relatively speaking. If you’re in the neighborhood, drop in and say Hi.
There was an interesting post in the SawStop Users’ Group on Facebook, by Owen Howlett. I asked him if I could share it in my blog and he graciously said “yes”. I’ll try to do it justice here by copying and pasting, but I’ll also ask Owen to comment on the post once it’s up. If I make any changes, I’ll modify the title or something so you know there’s new info.
I’m working on another video, so I haven’t done a lot of work on the router table, but I actually have done something.
After a lot of research and a lot of thinking, I’ve decided, well 98% sure anyway, to keep my SawStop JobSite saw.
The faux doors are done, glued up, and mostly sanded. I’m waiting on a new forstner bit that arrives tomorrow, before I add the magnets.
I got the tongue & groove video out yesterday, and I got a little more done today. But my posts will be kind of sporadic for a little while, because I managed to slice a finger yesterday, and a thumb today, on the same f’ing chisel blade. That makes it a little difficult to type, and I’m actually a little discouraged for having done 3 dangerously stupid things in the span of a week. So I’m in no hurry to get anything else done for a while.
Most of you who read this blog already know this from my social media posts, but yesterday I found out that my SawStop brake works just fine. I stuck my thumb in the blade, and BAM! the brake kicked in, and saved my thumb.
I’m working on a new video, so I don’t have any blog posts planned until Monday. Yes, this is a blog post telling you there’s no blog post. Think about that for a while.
Still having issues cutting consistent tongue and groove joints. The problem is mostly equipment related, with a spattering of periodic stupidity. I’m not in the mood to talk about the equipment issues right now, and I’m sure you’re tired of reading about my stupidity.
“The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry” is one of the truest sayings, especially when the man is me, and the subject is woodworking. By the way, I’m fighting a cold so my posts are a little more sporadic. I’m seeing the doctor today. Anyway…
Sorry I didn’t post yesterday. I was fighting a migraine. It’s 4:40 AM, and this is what I got done yesterday.
I installed the router lift in the table today. It was a great day. No mistakes. Honest!
I’m trying to finish up a video, and then have a semi-relaxing weekend, so I’m not planning any Powered Up blog posts until Monday. If something comes along I want to share, I’ll post it and post on Instagram also, but like I said, nothing planned.
I’ve always had a love affair with Baltic Birch plywood. Even before I knew what to call it, I’d see a picture of something made from it, with the end grain showing, and I just wanted to touch it. Stroke my hand along its smooth edges. *ahem*
This post will be a little schizophrenic today, with several disparate topics. And if I’m using “schizophrenic” and “disparate” in the first sentence, you know we’re in for a strange ride.
This is going to be a much longer post than I normally write (although it’s really only a 4 or 5 minute read for most people). But I encourage you to read it all the way through, if you’re at all interested in what I go through every time I make a video. Read it to the end, because you won’t get the full impact until then.
If you’ve been following me on Instagram, or you’ve been reading some of my posts in Steve’s private Facebook group, then this post may be redundant. But I’ve been spending the day with friends, taking a trip to Rockler, messing with my blog page navigation buttons, and doing other generally boring stuff, so this is all I’ve got for today.
Pondering why it takes me so long to build projects, and wondering: If time flies, where does it fly to?
I’ve been posting these pictures everywhere, so chances are you’ve already seen them. But maybe you haven’t.
So I’m trying to finish up my lumber cubbyhole, specifically the scrap wood drawer.
I’m having a discussion on the Lumberjocks Forum about a problem I’m having with a box joint blade set. It’s cutting a kerf narrower than 1/4”, even though I swear it didn’t do that before. And I have the same problem with an almost-brand-new Dado set that should cut a 1/4” kerf when only the outside blades are used.
So I’ve decided what I’m going to do next. I’m going to split time between editing the footage from the first Powered Up project, and starting what is actually the third Powered Up project, the Benchtop Router Table.
I finally hung up my tools. Not like I’m quitting - I actually hung them up… on the pegboard. But you already knew that, in spite of my poor attempt at being clever. 😏
I spent the day finishing up my new video. It’s uploading right now. I’ll be back to normal blogging tomorrow.
NOTE: This post is intentionally long, to give you some feel for how many details there are in some seemingly simple tasks. If you don’t want to wade through everything, just scroll to the bottom to see the results. But you’ll be missing out on all the fun!
Short post today. Things took longer than I’d hoped, but here we are:
I finally got the hinges on, at least enough to show whether the doors are the right size or not (they are):
I’m not sure if this is a review of a portion of Steve Ramsey’s “Powered Up” online course, or a rant from someone who’s just frustrated. Also, to be clear, Steve is a better YouTuber than I’ll ever hope to be, but that doesn’t mean I can’t criticize, right? I mean, I’d criticize myself in the exact same way, so why cut Steve some slack?
So what happened yesterday, and why didn’t I post about it? By the time the day was done, I was worn out and just wanted to go to sleep, and start over fresh, today.
Yes, this is a post saying there isn’t a post. I’ll explain why in the next post, which will hopefully be tomorrow.
Got lots of good work done today. It’s starting to look an awful lot like a cabinet!
Yes, “stuff” happens, and it happened a lot today.
Anyone else feel like this is taking me forever? Part of the problem is I have other things that I need to do at the same time. Even so, I still can’t believe this isn’t done yet. Sigh.
Sorry I haven’t posted in a couple of days. I had a video to get out. And I feel another video coming on…
I’m starting to question the structural integrity of the changes I’m making to this cabinet. What, you thought I was questioning Steve’s integrity? Perish the thought! I don’t know Steve personally, but he strikes me
as incredibly integral as having boatloads of integrity. It’s my choices that are under scrutiny here.
Yes, with the help of my wife, I actually cut some wood tonight! 4 pieces of plywood. 4 PIECES! Are you impressed yet?
Yes, I’m still tweaking the SketchUp model for this project. First of all, I’m extremely anal when it comes to stuff like this. For instance, a while ago I made Baltic Birch textures, including the end grain, running both vertically and horizontally. If you want to download them, let me know because I’ve got updated textures I haven’t uploaded to 3D Warehouse.
Don’t worry, “change of plans” doesn’t mean I’m not going to continue blogging or anything. It literally means I changed the plans. The project plans.
One of my viewers asked a question on one of my videos, and I had trouble answering it. By the time I was done writing a reply, it turned into a novel, so I thought I’d turn it into a blog post. It might even turn into a future video.
I’ll never understand why some people give a YouTube video a “thumbs down” without leaving a comment explaining why.
This is the saga of my trying to buy a decent Brad Point drill bet set. Eventually, I ended up with a fairly decent set of bits. But it didn’t start out that way. Let me tell you the story…
This is actually a reply to a question I got on my YouTube video Dust Collection for Newbies: Introduction to Dust Collection, but I thought I’d post it here in case I needed to refer to it again.
Welcome to my new website. This is a place for me to post additional information, when it won’t all fit into a video. Or possibly even post plans, at some point in the future.