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Cutting Boards Video (Part 2)

Video no.2 in this three-part series on making end-grain cutting boards is now available to view both here and over on YouTube.

As before, I welcome all comments and opinions. If you’d rather e-mail in private, instead of posting publicly either here on this blog or on the other site then, I’m happy for you to do that (just follow the link in the right-hand column).

Part 3 isn’t too far away and, who knows, you may even hear my voice! 😀

(…Just about!!)

Thanks for watching. Hope you’re enjoying this. More to  come!


3 responses to “Cutting Boards Video (Part 2)

  1. Stuart 18/06/2011 at 00:57

    Hi Olly,
    Sorry – didn’t get time to comment on the first video, so will put both here 🙂

    Videos are looking good – they show up clearly and the camera positions are giving a good video of the scene. Don’t worry about trying to talk while working – it is very distracting when you are trying to do the job well on camera to also talk at the same time. Given you are not including yourself in the scene, talking to the camera then why not consider doing a voice-over. You can describe what is happening, what you are doing, and get a good sound recording at the same time (and still maintain the shop sounds as well)

    It means you can really think about what you want to say to each scene, even script it to know what points you want to get across. Think that’d work well for the sorts of video you’ve produced here.

    The video quality (and editing) is good, so this isn’t a reflection on that, but get yourself some better video editing software – it will make your editing job so much easier and more enjoyable, and open up so many more options for yourself (such as frame in frame etc). I often shoot with two cameras recording simultaneously, then I can cut from one camera to the other in the software, where both tracks are synced up.

    I also watch quite a few professional videos and TV shows (not even necessarily about woodworking), and watch how they handle scene setting, closeups, and transitioning from one to the other. You can pick up a lot of techniques very quickly, and also how they use (or more typically don’t use) all the tricks available, so the topic of the footage is the focus of the video, rather than the cool effects. Of course, I don’t stick to that either, but that is by choice!

    If you miss shooting something, or want to highlight a particular setup, you can also inset still images, either frame in frame, or full frame to highlight it. It would seem even more seamless if you have a voiceover that continues as the scene transitions from video to still and back to video again.

    Anyway, just some ideas – keep it up 🙂


  2. John Walker 21/07/2011 at 11:21

    Hi Olly,
    My Band-saw is as good as it needs to be, and is set up well. However, for crosscuts, such as the blocks you are cutting off, I think I’d prefer to use the table-saw, (Or chop saw, if I had one!)
    I have some maple going begging so I might as well use it for a chopping board, as there is just about enough! Cheers.


    • Olly Parry-Jones 21/07/2011 at 22:02

      Hi John,

      What I particularly like about using the bandsaw is that the thin-kerf of its blades leaves you with only half the wastage you may otherwise lose using a thicker, circular saw blade. However, a table saw blade would give you a better finish and, consequently, a little less work to do later on. Plus, the extraction on my bandsaw is currently much better than on my table saw… 😳

      A great tip I picked up yesterday from Lazy Larry’s blog is to flatten each strip (after the first glue up and second ripping operation) before attempting the second assembly, as this should save you some time flattening later on.

      Good to hear from you.

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