Interesting Stuff From Around The Web #264 – November 23, 2019

Every week I like to share a few things I find interesting. Mostly video content with an occasional website article. All of the content you will find in these posts is free to you. Remember that liking, subscribing, or sharing free content goes a long way in helping produce more free content. If you like that creator’s work, share it! Also, thank you to those who send me links through the week when you find something really interesting.

frank howarth

I’m going to start this article off with one for the “CNC ain’t woodworking” crowd. Frank always does a great job at telling the story. This one features a very unique contrast of the organic flow of wood grain and some introduced shapes.
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Henry Godfrey

I’ve been on a Pantorouter kick in my shop lately. It’s an incredibly useful tool. And in showing it in content a lot of people have asked my thoughts on the WoodRat system. I have only seen it a few times online. Here’s a deeper look into another system with comparable results to the PantoRouter. It’s an interesting system for sure.
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Interesting stairs

I have no clue who to give credit for this as I’ve seen it all over. However, I think this is an interesting concept for shop stairs :) Although, what’s the point of adding the folding feature to my shop stairs? I don’t think I would utilize the space freed up when in the folded state. Interesting none the less.

Kobeomsuk furniture

Great craftsmanship from a Korean wood working studio. Flawless wood, precise joinery, and a relaxing shop environment. I really like the simplicity of the shop tables too.
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ViTTEN / 비튼디자인

Another Korean (if I’m not mistaken) woodshop. A different presentation style from the one above though. One thing that I found really interesting was spraying half the joint with water while assembling. I’ve never seen that. It looks as if it’s done to help with glue squeeze out cleanup. I might have to experiment with that technique. An oak table where the simple design takes a back seat to the beautiful wood.
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Jake Thompson

Hands down the best epoxy casting I’ve seen. This is such a neat idea and the end result is amazing. And I speak from experience here as Jake sent my wife and I the completed piece. As good as it looks in video it looks even better in person :) Thanks again man :)
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British Pathé

In a world where GPS navigation is common place it’s fun to look back on how maps were made. I remember many road trips with my dad when I was young where I was the navigator in the passenger seat. The atlas was bigger than me but it was so much fun to figure out where we were and what route we needed to take. Good memories.. Here’s a look at map making.
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Matthias Wandel

I submit these as one of the greatest Christmas gifts of all time to be given out at a family get-together. I think I spent way too much time imagining the chaos that would unfold at our yearly dinner. So much fun…so much destruction..
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While I hope I never have to use this potentially life saving information it is worth knowing. A good tip to start a fire with a battery and some items you may have nearby.
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  1. Regarding the “interesting stairs”, I always thought those were interesting. It seems in that video the stairs are blocking a doorway.

  2. Thanks for sharing that map making video! I love watching old documentaries like that. It reminds you just how far technology that we use every day has changed in so short a period of time!

    • John Lobert,

      You have the same problem that “I” do:

      People have forgotten how to use “I” and “me”. So nowadays everyone is using “I” for everything.

      Another one is, “I could care less.”, when they really mean to say, “I couldn’t care less.”

      Then there is the “a” versus “an” usage.

      To people like you and “me” these are distracting, and nobody cares anyway. I don’t think we will be able to change these trends, so we must suffer in silence. ????

      May God bless!

  3. I think the interesting stairs would make sense in a much smaller shop. You could have open space for assembly, or working on larger projects, but be able to move things out of the way to get into the attic.

  4. The Frank Howarth video is great. I am one of those that don’t believe making an entire project with a CNC machine is woodworking but I do believe utilizing a CNC machine as Mr. Howarth did is no different than using a planer, joiner, router, sander etc to complete a project. The way I look at it is if you put a pencil in place of the bit on the CNC machine and put in the specs for a drawing and let the machine draw it that doesn’t make you an artist. That is my opinion and if someone wants to use a CNC machine and call themselves a woodworker that is totally fine.

  5. When I watched the Kobeomsuk Desk Build, I was immediately inspired to use some of the joinery he utilized! Incredible craftsman, and you’re right about that shop. Incredible view. They gained another subscriber in me. Thanks for sharing Jay!

  6. what would be the point in the folding stairs? you can’t use the floor space or you
    have to spend half a day moving stuff out of the space(you know you will) just to climb the stairs.

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