Sunday, March 3, 2013

No Comment #2 - Pre-build Videos Odds 'n' Ends

Thanks for the good feedback on No Comment #2, both the video and the project.  It was a fun project and the compliments on the video make that effort worth it.  I've also made a list of things to do better for #3, whenever that happens!

If you haven't watched it yet due to the hour length, most people said it went quickly and didn't feel like an hour.  If you are impatient and want to see the final product, cue it up to get through the 3 minute intro up to where the build starts then jump to the 1 hour mark and watch from there out.

I'm taking this weekend off of video editing and will edit the first design episode next weekend.  Had some parties and hockey this weekend plus if I import more footage into my machine right now, it's so full it'll ooze out!  Friday, though, more storage arrives!  Thank you thank you to the viewer who greatly helped out with that!

The photo above is my 'mission control' desk at home; guess if I wasn't so nocturnal, I could have taken it with daylight lighting it up.  The left is the preview monitor to see what you're doing, the right the timeline.  Usually there's a glass of red wine between the monitors; I need wine to be able to watch myself while editing...

What stole the show for one viewer was that tape dispenser.  I bought it awhile ago to hold 3/4" and 2" rolls of blue tape while doing marquetry because you don't want to drop everything to use two hands to take a bit.  Works great!  When not doing marquetry, I put packing tape in as the second roll.  I use both non-stop it seems.  Very handy and not really expensive.  There are three 1" wide wheels on the back so you can load it up with many combinations of widths.  All metal!

Off in Sweden, a forum thread started wondering why I use the jigsaw upside-down.  Funny to read where the thread wanders through Google Translate :)  (BTW, forum registration is broken! I was going to reply in English but apparently "question #3" is missing!)

So, I'll answer here and later in the build video.  With the jigsaw upside-down, I get these advantages:
  • Clearly visible blade for better tracking to a line and safety
  • Most blades pull chips into the body of the jigsaw; upside-down, this pulls them away from you and gravity helps with the few chips that try getting away
  • If you hang on to the board with fingers below the board, using a jigsaw right-side up risks you clipping your fingers; with the jigsaw upside-down, if you run into those fingers, it is the base of the saw, not the blade.
  • As a corollary of the above, I find that I have more control since I can see the blade tracking so easily instead of peering into the chipguard.
Admittedly, the Trion's barrel-grip and knob up front makes this really nice; I often use the knob to pull the jigsaw toward me upside-down under the stock.  If you have a D-handle, I can imagine it would be more awkward.  If you have a barrel grip, draw a curvy line on MDF or other scrap and try it out, twice.  First time to get the feel for it, second to see your accuracy.

Another common question is what type of stone that is (it appeared as the second clue).  It's Onyx, a form of marble.  You'll see more of that in the build videos.

And now, a "forest for the trees" moment while editing the Guitar Edition v11.0 of No Comment #2...

When making the music credits, I took a list of songs by each artist and sorted them alphabetically. Song titles would fade in and out in pairs below the artist name.  Only after re-watching the preview version for the umpteenth time did I notice this ironic pairing of song titles:

If you don't immediately get the joke, uhm, don't google it at work...


  • Anonymous said...

    Nice Video Paul.......I would have guessed the guitar playing was Steve Vai

  • Jim A said...

    Arnold's second rule of woodworking:

    The most amazing fact of antique woodworkers is not that they worked without power tools, good steel, accurate measures or sandpaper, it is the fact that they worked without blue tape.

  • neilc said...


    This video reminded me of your work - organic shapes plus fast working!


  • HalfInchShy said...

    Both of these guitarists are new-found favorites!

  • HalfInchShy said...

    That's crazy talk, Jim, plain crazy talk... cut it out... :D

  • HalfInchShy said...

    Loved that video, Neil! I have a bedroom to do in this house; that bed gets a guy thinking of cool ideas. I'll admit I've never used a jigsaw to "match joint" two boards like he did. Have done that for panels with a tracksaw and once with a router, never a jigsaw... on the woodworker bucket list.


  • Tim Raleigh said...

    It's shocking how much data you are moving around to make these video's. I too noticed the tape dispenser. I have one on order.

  • Ralph Boomer said...

    Hi Paul,
    Looks like you added a Kreg hold down clamp to your MFT. I don't remember you talking about that. There are several models. Did it earn it's keep?
    Ralph Boomer

  • HalfInchShy said...

    Hi, Ralph... I had one one the MFT for awhile then removed it. It worked okay. The handle's grip wraps around the spring lock and can easily pop open the clamp unless you have it set to really press down hard. If it is set to really press down hard, it torques the MFT's side rail. The last time I used it, it slightly deformed the T-track on the left side. I can fix it, but I wouldn't continue using these clamps if I have to start fixing the rail.

    I do have those clamps hanging above the drill press table and I do use them there. Since the T-track is surrounded by MDF, the clamp has less of a chance of torquing the track and damaging it. At the drill press table, it is really handy!

  • HalfInchShy said...

    Now, I know some of you got the joke on the screen shot, but are too embarrassed to admit it. I understand :-P