MIDI Workstation #2: Making the MIDI Workstation Part 1

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Blog entry by Tim Dorcas posted 11-12-2007 11:37 PM 1203 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Veritas 32 Cabinet Building System or Building a MIDI Keyboard Workstation Part 2 of MIDI Workstation series Part 3: MIDI Workstation Part II »

When I am working with a new product, I often will use it in a final project. It is much more motivating to me to be working on a project that I am interested in than just practicing using a tool. Admittedly I will make mistakes along the way but I can usually fix them as I go along. In the case of the MIDI workstation I have made a shocking number of errors but so far I have managed to cover them up fairly well.

Most of my errors are because of the alignment pin in the Veritas 32 System.

Alignment Pin

Veritas Alignment Pin

No matter how hard you tighten it, it still moves. And with the system being the way it is, if you make one change, you have to check the entire system. I can’t tell you how tedious this can be. Since most of the measurements are repetitive I will be making some jigs to make the setup more automatic and consistent.

If I can fix this portion, I think I will enjoy using it more. As it is, I see the potential of using but it seems to be a very fussy endeavor so far.

Setup 1

Veritas 32 System Setup 1

Setup 2

Veritas 32 System Setup 2

While the jig is not attached it is meant to allow me to add 4.5″ sides. This failed (twice) and eventually I had to use biscuits.

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#1 posted 11-13-2007 12:42 AM

Sorry for the bad luck. have you complained. I would they would be receptive to criticism.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 11-13-2007 02:30 AM

I looked at that system and came to the conclusion that it would be faster to just make a jig, put the things together with confirmat screws and call it a day. It looked like too much hoopla with that thing..and I’m a Veritas junky. I just couldn’t convince myself that system was worth it. I hope you get it worked out as, if I remember correctly, they ask a fair penny for it.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 11-13-2007 03:05 AM

Let me be clear in my thoughts about the Veritas 32 System.

The only thing I don’t like about it is the alignment gauge. Once I make the two jigs that I need then the system should be a breeze to use and should see a lot of use in the shop. Before taking a class in its use, I would have never even thought to look at it. However, once you take the class and they show you how to use it, it’s a pretty cool system. Not cheap by any stretch but cool.

What they really need to do is produce a DVD showing how to use it.

-- - A Woodworking & Renovation Blog & - I make. You buy.

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