Monday, January 2, 2012

No Comment #1

For a fun, more visual way to start the New Year, I produced this video while preparing a Christmas present for my mom.  I had no time for a regular build video with commentary, technique explanations, and all that, so I thought to make a video of just the "action" parts.  This isn't where my project builds are going; this is just a fun interlude until I start the next project.

The idea is that I don't tell you what I'm building, there is no commentary, no captions, nothing!  Watch as the build goes along and guess what I'm making or, if you're pretty certain what it is, where the part I'm building at that moment will go.

There are things to pick up on as you watch, though.  For example, shaping something with a 1.25" bandsaw blade isn't easy with tight curves, but using the back of the teeth, you can finesse a curve pretty quickly and cleanly so watch for that.  Using MagBlocks as stop blocks on the table saw; watch to see how multiple blocks can be used at the same time as multiple stops.  Using an RS2e quarter-sheet sander for small parts or leveling across parts.

Happy New Year!

(Note: Monday January 9th I'll post a follow-up with more details of this build)


  • neilc said...

    Excellent video and project, Paul. I liked the no comment format - was able to follow along very well. And learned a few new techniques.

    Curious what the magnets are adhering to on the bottom?

    How did you decide which 45's to cut on the table saw versus the JMP?

    And thanks for sharing. Happy 2012!


  • Carl O. said...

    Really beautiful work. Excellent quality construction. Love how you maintained the continuity of grain around the box, even for the mitered feet. Looks like a lot of work. I miss the high speed audio of the Bridge City saw as it cuts. Maybe it is just how it looks in video, but some of the bandsaw work looks a little dangerous. Thank you for sharing. As always, very well done.

  • Anonymous said...

    What a cool project. I'm really enjoying your videos.

  • Anonymous said...

    That's funny - I gave my mother an unassembled puzzle too!

    When I started the video, my first thought was, "Am I going to sit here for 25 minutes and watch this?" I remembered to check how far along the video was 18 minutes later. It moved at a good pace and was enjoyable to watch.

    The box looks great. I liked the curves you added to the raised panel lid.

    Now for some random questions and comments I had as I watched the video:
    1) Do you hands get as close to the table saw blade as it appears on the video?
    2) Is the Ridgid OSS new?
    3) You need a drawing bow!

  • HalfInchShy said...

    Thanks, everybody!

    Neil, the magnets on the bottom cover attract to the "brass" pins. When I was playing with the magnets, I noticed a couple stuck to the bag with those "brass" shelf pins. Makes sense the shelf pins are steel and brass covered; straight brass might be too soft. So I used them as they looked pretty.

    I used the JMP for those small pieces, like cutting the bracket feet apart to keep as much of the grain flowing as possible. I could have gotten the two sides of a bracket foot closer together for even better grain flow. The box sides were too thick to do the miters on the JMP.

    Also the video was supposed to be visually interesting so I tried to mix in more Bridge City eye-candy :)

    Carl, the bandsaw part looks scary to me on the video, too! I keep my hands outside of the black insert. Usually at least 1.5" away. I think the camera angle, wide-angle lens zoomed in, speed, and how I digitally zoomed in removed a lot of the "depth of field" so things look closer.

    Glad the pace was good, Chris. I re-edited down often to keep it moving.

    For the table saw, I treat it like a normal table saw, not a SawStop. I'd have to look back at how the video looks, but I stay as far away as I can on especially bevel cuts like that since the blade comes out further than you might think (or I might think anyway).

    The Ridgid OSS is new; my old one was just an OSS; this one also has a flat platen. It was sooo much nicer faring those curves with the flat as opposed to using a large-diameter spindle then monkeying around with the result that usually has some radiused divots.

    Drawing bow?! Au contraire, my Myopic Watson! The yellow drawing bow is in the background of that very video clip (the Lee Valley bow), but when I pulled in the two sides with the strap, it didn't go far enough! Maybe there's a trick to going even further with it, but I had the ruler right there and blue tape so voilà!

  • Sean Wisniewski said...

    Awesome project, Paul. I'm sure your mother loved the final product.

  • Jarek said...

    Wow... that's the kind of priceless gift. Great job Paul. Did you count how many hours you spend on this project? btw. gretings from Poland :) Jarek

  • Anonymous said...

    Nice box Paul , looks slightly familar :) , killer video, loved it

    sorry about the anonymous,

    Charles Neil :)

  • JimE Kodak, TN said...

    Gorgeous gift!

    It took 25 minutes at high speed. How much in actual time?

    Question 2: Please tell me more about the tools used to do the inlay. Is that Dremel stuff?

    Keep the videos and info coming. I always look forward to seeing Half-Inch Shy pop up in my email in box.

    Questin 3: How does one ask you a Domino related question?



  • HalfInchShy said...

    Dziekuje, Jarek... that's all the Polish I remember from dating the prettiest Polish girl on the planet.

    Thanks for the compliments, Jim (and Charles, too :)

    In real life, the box took 11-12 hours including finishing. That includes monkeying with the video. Actually, I have a follow-up posting that talks more about this build scheduled for Monday and the time breakdown is in that.

    That posting doesn't talk about the inlay, but I'll go add it now.

    Lastly, if you want to email me directly with some questions, send it to HalfInchShy (at) gmail (dot) com (I can't believe that tricks spambots, but just in case it does... :)

  • Anonymous said...

    I bet a box like that would get the attention of a certain waitress at a certain steak house in South Tucson! S

  • BeachBum-mb said...

    Pretty cool video Paul, but I have to ask - what's your hurry... I know, something about the Silver Saddle... :)

  • bob kloes said...

    Great job Paul. Loved what you did with my wood. I liked the maple leaf. Nice changes you made, all for the better too. Great pace to the show. I too thought, "wow, 25 minutes", but it went fast. Thanks for showing this. bob

  • Andrzej Boczek - said...

    Great project.
    I have watched the video like a thriller movie - couldn't get my eyes off the screen. I had lots of fun trying to figure out, what you're currently doing and trying to guess, what the happy ending will be.
    The result was admirable.
    I'm waiting to see more of your sprint-projects :)

    Best regards
    -- Andrzej

  • HalfInchShy said...

    Thanks, Andrzej! I have another one planned that I hope to start recording in a couple months.

  • Anonymous said...

    great video! I was wondering about the router bit you used to make the feet. I have been looking for that bit for a while and can't seem to find it, ant help would be apprecited. thanks Kevern

  • HalfInchShy said...

    Thanks, Kevern,

    That bit is a CMT "Linen Fold" bit. I got it as a lucky find in a Woodcraft clearance bin (still pricy, tho). Love that bit and I use it for a number of profiles stealing parts of the curves for smaller stock.

    I'll try getting a photo of the profile later and post it to the article so you can try finding a similar bit.