The Importance of Play…

“The people dancing are considered crazy by those who can’t hear the music.”
–George Carlin

Things are never as they seem. For example…

I am working on a table design and today I needed to test the strength of a new joint. (One of my design criteria is to use appropriate materials in a scale fit for the task which often requires empirical data). This joint is not really new, but it is to me.
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This joint is beautiful and really creates strong shadow lines. Using the showroom Jointmaker Pro (mine has not arrived yet–I am always last) I made the two 45 degree cuts just goofing around (didn’t take the time to dial in my angles) and they came out damn close to perfect (not gallery quality but REAL CLOSE).

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Double stick tape holds this quick custom guide to the Jointmaker Pro fences.
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The stock is trapped vertically and now a clamp pad is needed.

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Using the HP6v2, the V groove was cut and then using one of the groove soles, I made the corner relief cut.
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Here’s the stock clamped in place. The cuts were made in three passes, but I think they can be done with single passes in production–don’t know yet and I would never sacrifice accuracy or quality of cut for speed.

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The quality of this cut is just incredible.

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Now there is something I am leaving out here regarding strength–later. The bad news is that my table idea suffered a serious setback after I picked up the falloff from this cut…

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… and noticed if I offset it, the shadows were cool…
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…even more interesting was the different ways I could put the two parts back together–notice the reflections on the endgrain when offset–straight from the JMP..
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My table idea is out the window for the moment because I just discovered the inspiration for a chess set.

–John

2 comments on this post:

  1. “Now there is something I am leaving out here regarding strength–later.”

    When is it going to be “later?”

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