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A Week In The Workshop 143



Hey everyone. Hope you’ve had a good week and are having a great weekend.


So my 500th video turns out to be a bit of a stinker - in terms of views, anyway! The folks who’ve watched it seem to like it, but views are way down and don’t look like improving in a hurry. So it goes; the channel’s having a flat spell at the moment, and there’s nothing you can do about it other than press on and work through it - I’ve been here before, and whilst I’m not unconcerned, I’m certainly not worried about it. 🤷‍♂️

The MFT/Plus jigs are looking great - and an excellent fit with the many and varied guide bushes I have on hand, but there’s a weird thing where the “5mm” reference holes are a little loose with the 5mm reference pegs I had made; same bit (I’m told) in Birch ply produced a perfect fit, but a different material has me invoking my inner Sherlock Holmes; the only things that have changed are the material (unlikely) and the CNC spindle. 🤔

The next samples of router bits (19.9mm and 19.95mm sizes, 1/2” and 8mm shanks) arrived Friday, and they produce a hole that’s too small for the standard Benchdogs, with all the routers I have on hand. With the 19.95mm bit on an 8mm shank in the Festool OF1010 I can just about force the Benchdogs in there, but it’s way too tight for normal use, and the same bit in the Trend T12, T10 and Festool OF2020 makes a holes that’s too small to get a dog in there at all.


So, I’m surprised the tolerances are this fine, and I hope that Rennie Tools can work to ‘tweener’ sizes; we’ll see. This is the job of course, to figure all this stuff out before we get into a production situation, and I know I’m fortunate to have companies willing to indulge me in this journey, on the promise of future sales.


The levels of interest though, have been significant, and I’m sure it’ll be a profitable line for everyone concerned. Until then, there’s the ‘hard yards’ to grind through, and a YouTube channel to get back on track.


That cheap Excel 1/2” router I picked up last week will have to wait - maybe I’ll have a chance to look at it this week - but I’ve had a lot of interest in it, and it’s reignited a spark of an idea for a ‘why buy expensive tools’ video - one more to add to the list!

I’ll call this one done for now though. Thank you for your amazing support, enjoy the rest of the weekend, and I’ll catch you in the next one.

Take care

Peter


Direct video link - https://youtu.be/GoWuJMXIiOo


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Hi Peter, Re the Youtube Views I am watching you almost exclusively on here now. There may be others in the same category.

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petermillard
petermillard
Aug 01, 2022
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Hi Don. That’s great to hear you order to watch the ad free content here, but the reality is that the number of views ‘taken away’ from the public-facing as-supported videos is tiny - in the hundreds - and the current video for example, is 10K views adrift from the ‘norm’. 👍👍

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Andrew Lawton
Andrew Lawton
Jul 31, 2022

Re, the 5mm bits for shelf pins. I think the problem is in the material. I have found the same problem when the only difference has been the material. My deduction, Watson, is that depending on the material, you get a certain "fuzziness" from the material, which reduces the size of the hole. The "fur" gets laid flat by the bit and then springs back - just enough to make a tight fit. MDF and hardwoods behave differently to softwood and ply. The alternating layers in birch ply mean that you have end gain at different orientations and the relatively thin layers mean that you get a really clean cut. MDF can be a bit "hairy" depending on the quality.…

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petermillard
petermillard
Jul 31, 2022
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Excellent hypothesis Andrew. But no, the answer is much simpler - though bizarrely complex - than that. I’ll have more mid-week. 👍

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Bill J
Bill J
Jul 31, 2022

I feel your frustration Peter 😩

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petermillard
petermillard
Jul 31, 2022
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Thanks Bill! 👍👍

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Nigel Warner
Nigel Warner
Jul 31, 2022

Re the mft bench template. You'd never think that the tolerances would be so clearly demonstrable, and frustrating to be so close !

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petermillard
petermillard
Jul 31, 2022
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Thanks Nigel. Yes, just a question of a bit of trial and error, but we’re getting there. 👍

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