I have been trying to figure out a way to bridge the gap between us (CNC users) and woodworkers who think that a CNC project isn’t “real” woodworking. You know, the guys that think it’s all plug and play with no effort. I’ve been chatting with Zach and trying to attract their attention using things like Inventables gift cards, but I think we have hit on a much better idea.
We are thinking about having a non-CNC user project that isn’t so much a contest as it is a way to get them to realize that something like Easel still takes some time to learn and work with. The thing is, they have no real reason to load Easel and play around with designs because they don’t have a CNC.
One thing they generally have in common is table saws, and every table saw should have a push stick. We were thinking that if the woodworkers went to the effort of creating a push stick design in Easel, we could find a way to make and send them back. That way, every time they use the table saw they’ll hopefully realize that just designing something simple can be difficult.
I don’t know how much time Zach and his guys have to make something like that, but I was thinking that this could be more of a community project. I can’t afford to make and send a dozen push sticks around the country/world, but I could do a couple.
Is there anyone else that would be willing to make a push stick, send me some pictures (video would be even better) of the cutting and final project, and ship them off?
I don’t anticipate a lot of participation, maybe a dozen people if I’m lucky, but it might help with some of the friction between the groups. Plus, it may give some of you a chance to make a push stick for a woodworker whose videos you love to watch. It would only apply to woodworkers who don’t have and haven’t previously had a CNC though, although I would gladly promote everyone’s push sticks in a video.
If there’s enough interest in this, I’ll put together a quickie video challenge and call out the dinosaurs…