A Momentary Lapse of Concentration

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On the turning away
On the CNC router
And the words we say which others won’t understand
“I don’t believe what I’ve just done
Another bit is now suffering
I’ve mixed up the axis again
And now it is gone”

That moment, 2 seconds after clicking a button, and hearing the tip of the bit hit the wall of the shed.  When you have moved the tool in the Y axis, and not the Z.

And another 1/16″ bit bites the dust (literally, and figuratively).

10 Tips for CNC Router Aluminum Cutting Success – CNCCookbook CNCCookbook

10 Tips for CNC Router Aluminum Cutting Success – CNCCookbook CNCCookbook.

Thanks for the link John – a really useful reference for machining aluminium.

The G-Wizard is probably a useful calculator, but is quite a bit for a sub (of course, broken tools cost more very quickly).  Have to think about that one.  If I was a commercial operation, it would be an easy decision!

Another missed birthday!

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Somehow, managed to miss (once again) the stusshed.com birthday.

Now 8 years old, and counting.

2.5 million views (directly, not counting subscriber views) at a rate of over 1000/day (around 385000/yr, plus subs).
over 2200 subscribers (counting RSS)

I can’t even begin to estimate how many video views etc any more – I could if I wanted to spend an hour or so collating the info, but it is a lot!  One video has already amassed over 75000 views.  Not much in the scheme of viral videos, but not bad for a lowly woodworking one.  Over 450000 views of the videos on YouTube alone, and that is only a portion of the total video library. Safe to say, the total views of videos (through iTunes, the blog, Blip.TV (now ended), Howcast (also ended), and YouTube) easily exceeds 1/2 a million (and that is conservative).

Oh well.  Happy 8th birthday blog.

Melbourne Wood Show is moving (again)

Looks like the Timber and Working with Wood Show is moving again, not only to a new home, but a new date.

It is now on in September, 11th to the 13th at the Caulfield Racetrack.   Door prices are still $16, but there is free parking.  Doesn’t clash with the AFL Grand Final, which is in October this year, and it finally manages to avoid the MotoGP at Phillip Island, which was normally the same weekend.

Of course, it does make it the same weekend as the Sandown 500, which is, to my mind, a similar demographic – perhaps with some age separation?  For some of us, that makes it a real choice: the one V8 Supercars race that is held locally in the year, or the annual wood show?  With an attendance in the vicinity of 200,000 over the weekend at the Sandown 500, that won’t impact too badly on Working with Wood Show numbers would it?

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VS

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Decisions, decisions.

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