STL285: Now the robots are DESIGNING the furniture!
Larissa, Vic, and Ben discuss A.I. in furniture design, edge banding for plywood, machine maintenance, and a listener's bandsaw issues.
This may come as a shock to you. I watch a lot of YouTube videos about ….. woodworking. Rather recently, on the Make Something YouTube channel, the host used artificial intelligence to design something that he then went on to build. While I enjoy the design process, I think it might be fun to use AI to design something as well as use the AI’s iterative powers to refine and hone things. This YouTube video and the internet in general seem a bit light on using AI to design furniture. Have any of you played with AI in woodworking design? Do you have any suggestions on where to go, what resources to use, what website/programs, etc would make this possible? Does this sound like a topic worth exploring in FWW? Many thanks and fingers crossed that Judgement Day isn’t my fault.
Preparing to make new cabinets for the home my father built in 1962. I’m an engineer and my father was carpenter as his father before him. Restated, I can be picky and passionately detest iron on edging.
Seeking the most robust and aesthetic plywood edge finishing that can be done with minimal time and materials. (I warned you that I’m picky!). Will probably go with birch veneer plywood, thought about walnut but it’s a north facing room that could too dark.
The choices vary in their complexity and durability and the time they take to execute
Larissa: Dowel plate
Vic: Pica Mechanical Pencil
What are the regular maintenance activities that you perform on your machines, or that you should perform but neglect because “who has time for that business”? I know this is a big question with no simple answer, but I’d be curious to get a sense of how you folks care for the machines in your shop.
To help fight the urge to be lazy about maintenance, Bob Miller selects a single day a year to grease and lubricate all of the bearings in the shop.
I have a Laguna 14/bx 1.17hp band saw. When I went to resaw a 7” piece of shedua the board “jumped” and then had significant drift. I increased the tension thinking this particular blade brand needed more tension, tested and it did it again. I then adjusted all of the guides and tested, on a scrap piece of ash, the board jumped again but cut straight. I then tried the shedua, again it jumped and produced drift. I then discovered the throat plate was about 1/8” below the table causing the blade to grab the board at initial contact causing the “jump.” I adjusted that and attempted to resaw again, the drift was so bad the blade twisted and pulled one of the lower ceramic guide blocks out of the holder. Since the blade was recommended on STL 238 I don’t believe it’s a bad brand. Could my 1.75hp be underpowered for a 2/3tpi blade? Did the jumping damage the blade causing it to not cut true? Is it possible for the blade to catch the grain in flat sawn wood or specifically shedua causing the drift. I bought a couple of the blades and now hesitant to use them after this experience. I am new to band saws the only experience I have with them has been since I bought it about 6 months ago but this is the third blade I’ve put on and it’s the first time I’ve had any drift, so I know the saw is capable of cutting drift free. Any help understanding the problem and how to remedy it would be very appreciated.
Rollie Johnon reviews a clever bandsaw tension gauge.
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