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Cricket

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02-03-2015 12:11 PM

Which (if any) online tools, apps or software do you use for woodworking?

If you could design one for your work, what would it do?

-- "Show respect even to people who don’t deserve it, not as a reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours."


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Roger

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#1 posted 02-03-2015 12:40 PM

I guess I’m kinda “old school” in using a pencil and a pad. I think using your brain, ummm, wait, I forgot where I was going with that. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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hotbyte

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#2 posted 02-03-2015 12:42 PM

I use Fractional Calculator from TiarSoft (this was just one of many in PlayStore and I just randomly picked it).

I also have a level type app but don’t really use it. And apps to measure sound level and vibration which I’ve used more as a curiosity to see how loud power tools are and how much vibration various they have.

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MontanaBob

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#3 posted 02-03-2015 12:54 PM

I’m like Roger, if I can find the pencil or pad.

I wouldn’t mind having a robot that would do the kind of art that (Shipwright) is doing with his latest jewelry box. That is the only way art like that would get done around here….LOL

-- To realize our true destiny, we must be guided not by a myth from our past, but by a vision of our future

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#4 posted 02-03-2015 01:03 PM

Newer had much use for digital tools in the shop and try to keep my shop time non-digital as much as possible.
Use a normal pocket calculator mostly and some times helped by this simple triangle solver: http://www.pagetutor.com/trigcalc/trig.html
Not sure if it counts but have had immense use and joy from using youtube as a learning platform in the many corners of the wood working world. Would think that a carefully curated list of videos somehow packed (and frequently updated) would be usefull to many.

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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CFrye

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#5 posted 02-03-2015 01:04 PM

I keep certain sites on the browser of my smart phone…LJ(of course), Wood-database.com, Blood and Gore,...for quick reference(depending on connection-usually unavailable when I need it LOL). No Apps, per se. Hadn’t really thought about it.

-- God bless, Candy

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Jughandle

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#6 posted 02-03-2015 01:22 PM

I couldn’t live with out sketch up. It is by far the best drawing program I’ve ever used. http://www.sketchup.com/
But for cabinet work I’ve used ecabinet systems, free program that includes exploded and rotating views as well as cut sheet calculations. http://www.ecabinetsystems.com/

-- the secret to life is not getting what you want, but wanting what you get.

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hotbyte

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#7 posted 02-03-2015 01:29 PM



I couldn t live with out sketch up. It is by far the best drawing program I ve ever used. http://www.sketchup.com/...
- Jughandle

I was thinking smartphone app use in the shop. Definitely use sketch up!!!

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Jughandle

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#8 posted 02-03-2015 01:34 PM

Oh, right, sorry, well then I’d have to say Evernote or onenote to keep up with my material lists and ideas. Both will sync to your other devices or send messages to other people on your network.

-- the secret to life is not getting what you want, but wanting what you get.

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Bhorst

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#9 posted 02-03-2015 03:20 PM

My family lives about 16 hours away, so I enjoy using the camera on my phone and uploading the pictures to OneDrive (you could also use Google Drive, Dropbox, or any other online storage). I then send my family a link to the project’s folder, and they can open that folder any time to see the latest pictures as I progress.

http://www.onedrive.com

I also use OneNote to keep my list of to-dos and shopping list throughout the project as Jughandle mentioned.

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Earlextech

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#10 posted 02-03-2015 03:30 PM

The Woodshop Widget – it contains a
Board volume calc
decimal to fraction calc
Wood movement calc
Shellac mix calc
Wood species library
Species comparison library
Squareness calc

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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Joe Lyddon

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#11 posted 02-03-2015 04:00 PM

Lots of good ideas…

Earlextech named a bunch of good ones…

... I don’t have a cell phone… So, I should talk? :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Cricket

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#12 posted 02-03-2015 04:15 PM


Lots of good ideas…

Earlextech named a bunch of good ones…

... I don t have a cell phone… So, I should talk? :)

- Joe Lyddon

You don’t have to have a cell phone to use online tools!

-- "Show respect even to people who don’t deserve it, not as a reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours."

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Earlextech

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#13 posted 02-03-2015 04:39 PM

I meant to add this – http://woodshopwidget.com/

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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BJODay

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#14 posted 02-03-2015 05:12 PM

A metric ruler. I have not completely converted over yet, but when I need to measure to a center of a small piece mm’s is much easier.

BJ

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Rick M

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#15 posted 02-03-2015 06:36 PM

Not many. I used to have a conversion app but never used it. I don’t have a computer in the shop and don’t want one, that’s where I go to get away from that stuff :)

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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