Do you actually use the cutlist optimization? I can see it for sheet
goods but I wouldn't have thought that would work so well for solid wood
when you need to select for grain pattern, work around knots, avoid
waney edges, etc.
ABSOLUTELY! You have grain pattern and book matching slips on plywood if
you are not buying rotary cut veneers, solid wood is not that much more of a
Given knots and grain, I simply cull the boards that I want to use in
specific spots. I may do as many as 3 or 4 separate optimizations on a
large project. There is no rule that you have to optimize all at one time.
Just this afternoon, after all these years, I finally came to the
conclusion that I probably like building "jigs and fixtures", more than
anything else ... go figure! :)
Needed to work on the crown molding on that hutch you helped me move the
other day, was dragging my feet on getting it done, dreading going into
the shop, and finally decided what I really needed to do was to make a
After all, the crown, while simple, was custom stock and scarce, and
there was not much left to screw up on.
Screw the hutch and crown! ... rummaged through the scrap pile and spent
an absolute glorious, and thoroughly enjoyable afternoon in the shop,
screwing and gluing and "jigging up" for the job!
Hmmmm ... when something that simple is more enjoyable than the end
result, you may be well approaching things the wrong way?
I feel about the same. Much of the stuff I did in the beginning was
making jigs and such to do "future projects" that required accuracy or
positioning beyond that which was available from the machines out of
the box. Tweaking the alignment of machines, sharpening blades,
polishing beds and building jigs are:
Feel good projects whose ends are attainable in an hour to few days.
Good warm-ups that put you in the mood for more challenging projects.
Don't require complicated 3D plans and can be sketched on a napkin.
Don't require expensive woods and mistakes aren't heart wrenching.
NO SANDING or FINISHING short of a quick spritz of lacquer or shellac.
Fun to use as you test and prove how much time and material they save.
The possibility that you will dream up that "better mousetrap" that
will earn a fortune and allow one to retire to the Caribbean Islands.
(Maybe this one's far fetched... or is it. Think pocket screw jig?)
Now I have to go dream up a new jig to build.
That chop saw fence looks good - now how to make it adjustable...
Not to stick my nose in, but I'd remove those two triangular towers of
wood at the cut so that they don't shift and jam the blade.
OK - I'm paranoid. ;-)
Just curious, Do you folks look at your yard's and think about ways to make
it "better"? I'm not talking about the guy that wants to move him and his
dog to the trailer park... ; ) More like trellices (sp), decorative
fences, and stuff like that. The same imagination at work, no? This year
in my new-to-me house I was content to learn how to grow a few hundred
square feet of grass. Seems to be doing okay too! : )
That's the province of the missus in this house. I just provide manual
labour for the heavy stuff.
Her gardens continually evolve - informal cottage garden style - and both
front and back yards are completely covered in flowers, shrubs, (exotic and
native) and fruit trees plus a large pond with fish and frogs. She's even
got two banana trees growing, which the experts say will not grow this far
south. She didn't know that, so grew them anyway. One has banana's on it
now. The place is now a haven for birds and frogs and quolls (a small
marsupial about twicw the size of a very large rat.)
Oh and no grass. We spent the first year after we bought the place digging
out every single blade of grass. Which means I have no grass to mow. Shame
about that. ; )
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, November 12, 2009 6:32 PM
Subject: Re: What is your approach to woodworking?
Were you getting "Jiggy with It"? LOL
No, as I mentioned to diggerop, woodworking in general still gives me great
satiafaction. You are simply multitasking, completing projects on the way.
It does not matter what I am building as long as I am building.
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