Amazing Tools #5: 1 man, 1 door, 1 minute and 37 seconds

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Blog entry by Gary Fixler posted 06-19-2009 02:36 AM 1996 reads 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Looks like I went the slow route on my recent (and first) frame and panel doors!

Might as well get an autosander, too.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#1 posted 06-19-2009 02:40 AM

It looks rather interesting, but it won’t fit in my shop. I think I’ll pass.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#2 posted 06-19-2009 03:12 AM

it would take me 45 years to pay for it !
it’s taken me 45 years to get just to look at it .
pretty soon they will come out with one that dose’nt need anyone to run it .
and there wont be anyone to buy the product ,
as we’ll all be working at mcdonalds !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 06-19-2009 03:32 AM

they have an “automated door machine out there, that planes, rips, cuts, and profiles” in one shot….....even feeds itself with rough sawn lumber. Dont bring your cheque book, bring your banker!

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#4 posted 06-19-2009 03:43 AM

That ain’t woodworking at all, that is McManufacturing McCabinets. Yuck!

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#5 posted 06-19-2009 06:08 AM

as David Pye would say…
that is the workmanship of certainly
not the workmanship of risk

-- criticism: the art of analyzing and evaluating the quality of an artistic work...

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#6 posted 06-19-2009 06:09 AM

I definitely hit a nerve with this post! I want to say that the post was not an endorsement. I do like cool, fast machines, but hate what they do to people in the trade. It’s kind of like how I love ebony, but hate how it’s being depleted faster than current supply can handle.

Still, if I had to make 1000 identical doors suddenly, I’d wish I had this beast :)

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#7 posted 06-19-2009 07:37 AM

jlsmith – Wow, just this short blurb has me ready to pick up his book. Thanks for pointing me towards some good learning today. Pye sounds like quite a mind.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#8 posted 06-19-2009 08:01 AM

Gary – I think there is a good chance you will find Pye’s writings more interesting than the wiki blurb. I don’t agree with all of his thinking but he was an interesting guy.

-- criticism: the art of analyzing and evaluating the quality of an artistic work...

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#9 posted 06-19-2009 11:32 AM

fantastic for production.. for woodworking, kinda takes the fun out of it! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#10 posted 06-19-2009 03:06 PM

nice but no fun. It almost seems like a semi-cnc. I think it is. look at that arch, there is no template to follow.

-- Live by what you believe, not what they want you to believe.

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#11 posted 06-19-2009 04:33 PM

This is exactly why production can never match custom – they are in such a hurry to crank out thousands of identical parts, they have no time to do it right. And a lot of the guys who run the machines know how to run the machine, but don’t know squat about woodworking. Case in point: this guy’s final pass on the panel was on the end grain. Which explains why, even in high-end stock cabinets, you frequently see chip out in the corner of the panel profile.

Almost every stock cabinet door is run through a wide belt sander after it is glued up, leaving cross-grain scratches on the rails. And I don’t think I’ve ever seen a stock cabinet door where anyone bothered to do any grain matching or make sure they had alternating grain orientation. Lots of times the better side of the piece is facing in.

I’m thinking about putting this video on my website. “Here’s how they will build your doors” and then “here’s how I will build your doors” showing the careful steps I take with every piece. Suddenly my price difference doesn’t seem so bad!

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#12 posted 06-21-2009 08:48 PM

peter, that’s a great selling point i think! awesome idea….as for the machine, anyone know the sticker on a puppy like that? i’m imagining somewhere in the 6 figures?

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#13 posted 06-21-2009 09:35 PM

Peter a great idea. make yourself different.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#14 posted 06-22-2009 12:25 AM

Woodworking or button pushing. This is the reason I got out.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#15 posted 06-22-2009 12:32 AM

i like it can it fit in a single garage lol …..

just one question were is the fun in that


-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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