Finally, My Dream Shop #9: ProjectCalc Plus

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Blog entry by Calgirl posted 11-17-2007 06:20 PM 1225 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This may be old news to most of you, but I purchased a woodworking calculator that is amazing, at least to me. I am one of those mathmatically challenged woodworkers, and this calculator does everything but build the project. I calculates board feet, meters from feet & inches, how much paint to buy, how many rolls of wallpaper you need, how many boards and posts you need for a fence, etc., etc. Now I will have no more excuses for that cut that is too short! I have used it already to calculate how much insulation I need for my shop…..I wonder if I can teach it to cook supper?

-- Forget the health food, I need all the preservatives I can get !

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#1 posted 11-17-2007 10:04 PM

As it only works with raw facts supper will be sushi, steak tartar or carpeccio.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#2 posted 11-17-2007 11:05 PM

Real men don’t eat SUSHI, but raw meat is acceptable anytime! Just knock it’s horns off, wipe it’s butt and send it on out! lol!

Our local lumberyard is offering these but nobody knows how to run them correctly, which of course drastically effects sales! So…the yard boys are attempting to learn it. This will be interesting as the directions do not come with pictures. (Looks cool though!)

When you learn yours, BLOG it if you could for the rest of us. I, like many others have enough worthless electronic gadgets which makes me shy about buying one of those “new fangled calculators”!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#3 posted 11-18-2007 07:53 AM

Sounds like a great little gadget. Can you post a picture of it – and once you learn to use it I agree with Dadoo about blogging how to use it.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 11-18-2007 05:47 PM

ProjectCalc Plus Explained….even Mikey can do it


In case I didn’t do the “image” thingy right, here’s the web address:

This small calculator is very easy to operate. So easy, in fact, that I can do it in spite of my aversion to reading directions !

The basic thing you must know is to enter the dimensions pretty much as you would as you say them. For 6’3 5/8” you would enter “6”, “feet”, “3”, “inch”, “5”, “/”, “8”.

When you want to buy paint for a project all you need know is the coverage per gallon of paint and the dimensions of the wall you want to paint. Then you press the key marked “Paint” and enter the square feet per gallon which is written on the can, and then press “Stor” to store that value in the calculator. Next you enter the footage of the wall you want to paint.

Press “Paint” then enter the coverage per can in square feet per gallon, ie, Press “350” Then you press “Stor” to store that value.
Next enter the wall dimensions: ie, Press “10” , press “feet”, press “x” to multiply, Press “25”. press“feet”, and then press “=”. Now all you need do is press “paint” and the calculator will tell you that you need to buy 2.86 quarts of paint.

You can use the exact same process to figure “Wall Paper” by entering the roll size and then your dimensions.

Finds the number of tiles, based on the size tiles you want to use and the grout width you prefer. You enter these preferences and “Stor” them. Then you enter the area you want to tile either in feet or square feet (to enter square feet you press “feet” twice) and press “Tile”. The calculator will tell you how many tiles you need to cover that area. I suppose you want to add tiles based on breakage, special shapes needed in the area, etc.

Finds the number of boards for a deck, based on the entered area and a stored board width or board on-center.

You can figure how many bags of mulch, gravel, or concrete to buy by entering the volume per bag and pressing “Stor”. Then entering the area you want to cover.

You can do LINEAR CONVERSIONS to yards, inches, feet, and metric, simply by entering the value and pressing “Conv” and then “Yds”, or “Inch”, etc.

You can find the total BOARD FEET for a project by converting the size stock you want to use to inches, then to cubic inches (done by pressing the “inch” button twice) , then to board feet by pressing “Conv”, then “7” which gives you board feet.

I can’t go into all this little wizard can do, but the info above should give you some idea just how easily it operates. If I can do it, then you should have no problem at all.

Be sure to read the “More Info” tab at the Rockler site for great information

-- Forget the health food, I need all the preservatives I can get !

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#5 posted 11-18-2007 09:12 PM

KEWL! Thanx for the PM and the directions. This is the same type calculator offered at the yard, so I think I might add it to my Christmas list.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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