I was watching Norm to day and he pulled out this new tool for making evenly
spaced holes for adjustable shelving.
FINALLY. I was wondering when he was going to switch over to this jig
rather than the monster that he uses with his plunge router. I have been
using this Rockler jig for 10+ years.
And, What's up with this new saw blade that he has on his Unisaw. 4 or 5
teeth placed closely together followed by 4 or 5 teeth more widely
separated. I suppose it is a type of general or combination blade but with
a different tooth arrangement.
No NYW for me as the local PBS station is whining for money again. If
they'd ask for money during shows like NYW, they might get my attention but
why change programming?
My shelf pin jig is a piece of melamine coated MDF left over from a used
kitchen cabinet........real inexpensive!
Same here - they've got their damned fund raiser going - around here it's 3
times a year. So, no NYW for 4 weeks. Four weeks for fund raising!!!
Three times a year!! I wouldn't mind except that they left off on episode
7 and will pick up on 12. I asked them nicely several times to please not
skip episodes. They said, oh, we'll rerun the whole season later this year.
Well, they did. And guess what happened after episode 7? Yup - the next
installment of money whining. Oh, how I wish there was another source for
the NYW besides public TV.
Down here a local heir with way too much money on their hands gave a big
endowment trust to the local stations (radio and boobtube) and since, we
have been much less imposed upon by the necessities of fundraising.
Another person made our local symphony much more independent of the
(hopelessly corrupt) city council.
You should lobby the local bigwigs.
... or at least it gets them to having to run 3 beg-athons a year because
they can no longer raise enough money in a single one. Seems like if
people are watching a specific program at a specific time, the idea of
pre-empting it for a full month would be a program director's worst
nighmare since this would tend to drive those viewers away and they would
be less likely to donate to the cause since their programming has been
pre-empted. But then, I'm not a government bureaucracy, so I obviously
don't fully grasp the benefits of replacing NYW and/or the Woodwright's
shop with the "The Joys of Dining with Poodles", hosted by Miss Elizabeth
Wainright and the Boston Society of Poodle lovers. Obviously that must
bring in tons more money than catering to the preferences of the viewers
they already had.
If you're gonna be dumb, you better be tough
PBS is not a government bureaucracy.
PBS has become largely dependent on Government money.
In some ways that's worse.
Their programming choices while fundraising are probably influenced
by some sort of marketing consultants, perhaps Harvard Business
How much are their NYW viewers donating? (hint, hint)
Somebody inside is tallying up the dollars given according to whatever
show is on at the time, and finds you wanting.
On radio (here, anyway) they don't usually replace the show, but the
host for whatever show is on at any given time will stump for donations.
I spose the telly is too inflexible (i.e., not live) to do that, but
it's much easier for the host to incorporate it into the show.
Also, FWIW, they usually stop the telethon immediately when their target
amount has been reached.
It's pretty clear from the programming they run during beg-a-thon who it
is that are opening up their pockets: old people :-). Around here anyway
it's all f*ckin' Doo-Wop, low-impact excercise, and fluffy life
management stuff. Whoever is watching the preempted programming
apparently isn't ponying up...Or the management are a bunch of idiots.
But really, what good are we doing bitching here?
I kinda did and I didn't. Do you know how it is when your dog starts
going through the too-full garbage can and worrying every bit of trash
to death? You hear it in the next room but at first it's just
background noise and it doesn't register. She'll get through pretty
much all of it before it dawns on you what's going on. Or so I've been
led to understand.
Anyway, I noticed that there was something distinctive about the
blade, but it didn't register. Also, blades aren't something I've been
chronicling anyway, and I was searching for bigger game (the shelf pin
jig, for example). It was your OP and Keith's followup that spurred me
So, I kinda did and I didn't.
Actually I noticed the blade in the previous show also but it kinda did'nt
register. You know how you see something and you really don't pay attention
to it until..... I know exactly what you are talking about. LOL.
Shit! You mean it was in the Corner Table episode? Crap. Now I have to
go back and look at it again (actually, that's not a chore), then
recode the two episode files, recode the Saw Accessories file, uplaod
them...whew! This is starting to be like work.
I reviewed the episode and it was clearly there. I fixed all the files
and uploaded them.
Now, about that project. I know a bunch of you guys had apoplexy over
that finish in particular (the corner table) and Norm's finishes
generally, but in all fairness, finishing is such an individual
preference, I don't see the point of getting worked up over someone
else's personal choices.
More to the specific point, my reaction to the corner table wood every
time I saw a preview of it and then in the actual episode itself was,
"good lord, what butt ugly wood." Although I don't have HDTV, I do
have a big screen, reasonably well adjusted for color rendition, and I
just did not get it. The wood was UGLY.
Now maybe the grain was pretty, but how would anyone get past that
color. And here's the crux of it--I should say colors--there were
several. I can't imagine any one of you truly believe that celebrating
the obviously and horribly different shades of color in that table top
would have been a preferable alternative to the evening out he did
with the stain.
Now, in case anyone thinks I'm just a namby-pamby sort of guy who
doesn't know how to express an opionion, that wood was UGLY, even
before Norm perpetrated whatever sin you guys think he commited on it.
I know there has been quite a movement in the old wood circles over
river recovered logs a century or more old. I think I saw the very
episode of This Old House where Goodwin Lumber was featured, and I've
seen several since--some Florida river wood, some Georgia river wood,
some Lake Superior wood. They all looked like regular wood, just old
growth. Not this dam wood (not misspelled--it came from a dam). And it
was UGLY!!!!! I did not see the point.
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