Wednesday, February 27, 2013

No Comment #2 - The Full Build

Finally!  There, thought I'd say it for you since I've been saying it all week :)

I had a lot of fun with No Comment #1.  Enough that I'd thought to continue the series with a small but fun build aptly named No Comment #2 (clever, no?).  Like No Comment #1, I won't tell you what I'm building.  This video is a full project build from start to finish in high-speed sections and multi-cams to keep you busy watching instead of snoozing!  Guess as you watch it what I'm making.  Some clues have appeared on this blog to, you know, build intrigue.  My version of foreshadowing!

Unlike No Comment #1, I'll be following up this initial build video with videos detailing different aspects of the build.  There were some interesting techniques used in this build that can be applied to many of your projects.

If you write a comment on this video here or on YouTube (which I'd appreciate!), please don't put a spoiler in there as to what the project was.  Latest comments appear on the homepage so someone not trying to see the comments may see "hey, nice grain elevator!" and it'll just ruin the effect :)

The video is an hour long although my test victims who previewed many early versions never thought it too long; hopefully it'll be as interesting for you.  Maybe go pee before you hit play!

There are two versions of the video!  It wasn't enough to drive myself batty with all this video editing that I mixed two soundtracks.  One uses the songs you've heard many times on previous podcasts.  The second uses new music!  It's all progressive guitar and rock instrumentals.  It is very much what you'd hear in my shop, especially the newly-found favorite Daniel Bautista.

Since the video is all music between a short introduction and final conclusion, you could always hit mute and play your favorite hair bands if you prefer.

I shook the dust off the walls listening to the guitar edition after rendering it tonight; the middle three songs might be a bit much if you're not into the guitar as much but fear not as the songs after those three are very melodic; modulate with the volume control!

Here's the version with the sounds you've often heard on this podcast:

Here's the guitar version: version 11.0!

While sometimes the scene is messy in the video, what's behind the camera is usually piles of whatever I wanted out of the scene.  Here's a panorama of the shop during some of the shooting (the project was in the house so no spoiler here):

A secondary goal of this video was to get better at video editing, lighting, etc.  The biggest thing I learned is that for the total time of this project, easily 9/10th (or more!) of it was video work, whether it was setting up cameras, correcting clips, editing clips, or figuring out some silly thing I wanted in the video for no other reason than I didn't know how (at the time!) to do it!  This really wasn't that long of a build if you don't have red record lights pointing at you :)

For the curious, here's the info for my dedicated video drives:

Crazy that two 4Tb drives are full of the raw and optimized footage for this thing.  As I render the build videos to follow this one, I'll get to delete some footage.  At one point, I found myself drooling over an 18Tb raid stack.  Someday... (no, Friday! :)

Angle Madness, my other project in process, will continue, too, while I put out detail videos for No Comment #2, as I've recorded a lot of the content for those videos already.  The slow pace of Angle Madness needed an intervention for myself and for you.  Now you know why I was in the dark for so long :)


  • neilc said...

    Wow - that is truly amazing. You clearly want to wear out that angle-master!

    I'll be curious to learn more about the inspiration plus the step by step on that build.

    So the video is a bit over an hour. How long was the total build?


  • HalfInchShy said...

    Ha ha, I didn't use it much, but since I keep it nearby, why grab something else?! Actually, I don't think I have a something else I could use!

    The total build was 90 minutes, Neil. j/k :)

    A couple others have asked so I want to do a better calculation. Current ball-park is 40 hours; this is based on the raw video I have as I pretty much kept it rolling all the time except those times you sneak into the shop to wipe a quick coat of Arm-R-Seal on then go back to work (if you work upstairs :)

    I'll have a better number either as a text post or as part of the first design build.

    Thanks, too, for the compliment!

  • ChrisHasFlair said...


    You have an interesting imagination and an even more interesting idea of what nice legs look like. :)


  • James said...

    Great video, like Chris said interesting imagination. Great use of the Domino, I like seeing that thing in action. When you ripped the 8/4 stock with the TS75 did you use the stock blade.

  • Anonymous said...

    This is an amazing project. Your attention to detail is superb. Thank you for sharing. Now I know why we've not seen updates from you in a while. I was surprised you roughed out the pie pieces for the top with your Festool saw instead of your band saw. I also thought you might use the larger Domino tool for building the legs. You did a great job building this piece of furniture. Keep the videos coming.


  • Brian said...

    I think you used every tool/technique that I have seen you post/preform about for the past couple of years. Good to see your driveway has a nice slope. And when did you get a Kapex?

  • HalfInchShy said...

    Thanks, Chris! These are whacky legs, for sure, but they have a certain appeal. When I figure it out, I'll let you know :)

  • HalfInchShy said...

    James, for ripping the 8/4 soft Maple, I switched to a Panther blade. That was the part before the rip where I dropped the arbor screw :) It makes a world of difference on a hard rip like that.

    Just be sure to get the Panther blade with the same kerf width as the standard blade. Most are now, but if a local dealer has old stock, you might get the ones with the other width. You want the same width so the rubber edge on the guide rail remains accurate.

  • HalfInchShy said...

    Thanks, Carl. The pie pieces are much much faster to do with the tracksaw vs using a bandsaw then planing the edges straight.

    For the legs, I had to be conscious of the curves; it didn't leave a lot of room for Dominos, but enough room. Doubling them adds a lot of strength and twist resistance.

    All that will get covered in the build videos.

  • HalfInchShy said...

    Thanks Brian; I'm also happy with the slope of the driveway well except the day when I moved the PM20 out of the shop... oh, I tell you, the second that puppy is on the slope, you know it!

    I got the Kapex in August. It was after the rough work for Angle Madness was over so I haven't had to use it there yet. There were some things on AM that I wanted to use the Kapex for, but did them another way to keep the saw out of the videos until I could get a chance to review it. That'll come up soon.

    I actually hoped to do a stain-grade crown install in late August; it was for a friend so I planned on recording it. Family emergency and she had to move away.

    Really like it so far; I want the lasers calibrated a different way so that'll be in the video as well.

  • Anonymous said...

    really enjoyed , although now I feel like a just ate whole bag of M&Ms. You have a great imagination and ability to think in 3 dimensions.
    Keep up the great work, eager to see the slower build videos.


  • HalfInchShy said...

    Thanks, Runningwood... your comment reminded me of the time I busted open a bag of gummie bears from CostCo (so... a 5lbs bag) and started watching a good action movie. Was so absorbed in the movie that I didn't notice not feeling well. Then I looked at the bag; half empty. Took over a decade before I could think of eating one.

  • Mike said...

    I love the various materials. What kind of stone did you use?

  • HalfInchShy said...

    Thanks, Mike. The stone was Onyx, a form of marble. Some varieties are translucent; sadly virtually none of this was translucent enough to incorporate an LED puck.

  • Unknown said...

    I found your blog and video site recently have the passed days enjoyed a number of your high quality made videos.
    The "No comment #2" video was very fun to watch. I saw that you like high quality measurement devices and from what I saw you are using Festool tape measure. I have since 25 year used the Talmeter tape measure and I would highly recomend that over the Festool one. Have a look at the demo video:

  • HalfInchShy said...

    Thanks for the compliments, Henrik! So... as you go back in time to earlier videos, they aren't so pretty :) Still learning!

    I like that tape measure! Never heard of them before. Going to order one now. I like the Festool one (and have its equivalent non-Festool version on the SawStop) mostly for its size. FastCap has some nice ones, too, but they are bulkier and many of their versions I like came out after I had these.

    -groan- you had to go make me buy something... :)

  • Jim A said...

    I had to know so I watched it again (for the third time...this time counting).
    Festool products - 14 (not including clamps, tapes, level, etc.)
    Bridge City - 13 (not including T-shirts)

    I'd be surprised if I didn't miss several of each.

  • HalfInchShy said...

    Hmm, I'll have to count, Jim. Did you and a buddy turn that into a shop drinking game?! Spot a Festool or Bridge City in use, call it and your buddy takes a drink (of green Kool-Aid naturally); call it wrong or call one already called, you take two drinks. That would be a no-tool day in the shop, though.

  • John W. said...

    Great video and build. I aspire to do work like that someday!

    Oh, and the music made the time fly...good stuff.

  • HalfInchShy said...

    Thanks, John!

  • Unknown said...

    Hope you will be happy with the Talmeter. The Talmeter like myself are made in Sweden and invented by the swedish inventor Ture Anders Ljungberg year 1954. So it has been around for a while. The Talmeter company T.A. Ljungberg AB was bought by the bigger and more famous swedish tool company Hultafors 2005.

    Remember it will take a while before you get used to the Talmeter way of methodology by marking with the tape measure itself instead of using a pencil. But by using this methodology you will increase your precision and speed significally by not having to "transfer" the measure by use of a pencil.

    In swedish it is called "TALmeter märkmätaren" that will translate to something like "TAL meter mark & measure" ( TAL = abbrevation for the inventors name)

    Keep up the good work Paul-Marcel.

    I will follow your blog and videos closely.

    Best regards. /Henrik

  • Michal said...

    Paul, I like the way you fished the legs. Will you release a video on this part? Or could you say some more details already now? Especially on the type of paint and varnish you used.

  • HalfInchShy said...

    Thanks, Michal! I have 3 more videos to do on this build; I got behind doing videos over the summer. The next video of that series is on shaping the legs, then the finish for the whole project, then assembly. l was thinking about how I could get to the leg episode quickly earlier today because I want the backlog caught up! :)

    The finish on the legs actually looks better now than back then; the grain starts to show through a bit later, which is what I was hoping would happen.