This is going to be one of the most random discussions I have ever posted about here on ToolGuyd. Hopefully you’ll find it interesting, and there’s also a question or two I hope you’ll answer.
To start, I finally had a chance to update the photos in my 5 Hot New Tools from Dewalt’s 2016 Media Event post. Do you see a difference? Possibly not, so here are 2 “after and before” comparisons. The updated image is in the left or top position, the older one is in right or bottom position.
It’s a small but noticeable quality difference.
In trying to get that first favorite new tools post up quickly, I tried a different and quicker image processing method. But unhappy with the result, I reworked the images the way I typically do, which takes more time. Every image requires individual attention.
Straight-out-of-camera results in usable images, but often, as with the initially processed images shown here, assumptions are made as to what the image should look like. Thus, photos always require a bit of processing to look better. I’ve been shooting RAW for several years now.
Hopefully you can see the difference and appreciate the effort. To me, the difference seems to be truer-to-life colors and greater details.
Some of my media event images are used multiple times over the course of a product’s lifetime, and sometimes used in general discussion of tools and technology, and so the effort pays off.
You’re going to see a flood of more coverage as soon as the images are done, and the details have percolated in my mind a little bit. Ben’s too.
Media Event Coverage
We have lots of Milwaukee and Dewalt tool previews in the works. We’re trying to space it out evenly, but sometimes there might be a couple of posts in a short time.
Last year there was a comment or two about this, asking why we focused so heavily on these brands. Well, what’s the alternative?
We travelled to these events, listened to presentations, demoed tools, and asked tons of questions. It takes time to process everything and to combine our thoughts, product details, images, and other details into posts. Last year it took me into August to get all my Milwaukee NPS15 coverage up. There were bursts of coverage because I put in marathon writing sessions in those weeks.
The choice is this – huge posts that take 2 posts to write, or a dozen or two smaller and more focused posts. I feel that more focused posts are more useful, even if it means a lot of red or yellow coverage until everything is up.
Do you agree? Disagree?
How do you like our media event coverage so far?
This past Dewalt media event was the first time that I tried capturing video, mainly of product managers briefly introducing tools and answering questions I asked before recording began.
I’ve found these types of videos helpful in the past when I saw them on other channels. Do you? I wish I could do interview-style videos, but there’s generally a lack of time for this at media events. Interviews or Q&A videos typically also require a tripod or 2nd person.
I don’t think the videos need much before I upload them, although I might include some image overlays to hide bad zooming, focusing, or moving around technique on my part.
For future media events, what would you like to see? Sometimes it’ll just be me, other times just Ben, and on rare occasions both of us.
Upon recognizing some of the less than ideal aspects of my fieldwork, I’ll work on my technique for next time around. A handheld mic might also be a good idea.
Hardwood Choice for Drawer Fronts?
For an office or clean workshop. I’m thinking glued-up maple, maybe straight-up maple, maybe cherry. Nothing fancy, just slab drawer fronts with rounded edges. Maybe later on I’ll switch things up and try different drawer front styles.
While we’re talking about drawers, how would you finish a plywood drawer? I know that oil-based finishes are a no-no, since the smell will linger for a long time. Maybe some de-waxed shellac and polyurethane top finish?
Sometimes Things Just Don’t Fit
This is an 80/20 15-series long L-bracket, and 80/20 flange button head cap screws. And they just don’t work together, despite 80/20’s usage recommendations.
I guess I’ll just use regular button head screws, or return the brackets and find a different solution.
Blum Customer Service Experience
I contacted Blum, the drawer slide company, about whether #10 fasteners will fit in their 563H series drawer slides. They recommend #6 flat head screws.
For my application, I want to use #10-32 hardware, but was worried about 1) whether the fasteners would fit the holes, and 2) whether there would be enough head clearance.
Their first response was to tell me #6 screws fit. I asked again, and they provided greater insight.
If the major diameter of the thread is .1900″ or 4.826 mm, then the screw should fit through the runner. The holes in the runner are 1/4″ or 6.1 mm in diameter. The challenge we are faced with is the head size of this screw, especially if it is a pan head. Due to its size the drawers will likely rub the screw head(s). You are more than welcome to try it on your own and let us know how it turns out. It could work depending on your drawer thickness, etc.
That’s much better guidance than their first response.
Our new kitchen drawers have Blum sides, and there looks to be plenty of head clearance for button head or low profile socket cap screw fasteners.
I guess I’ll give it the “trial and error” method. I already have a contingency for if the #10 fasteners won’t fit.
But overall, I’ve found that Blum doesn’t offer a lot of technical advice about their drawer slides. I’ve seen conflicting information what size fasteners to use on their locking devices – in different documents they recommend #6 x 1/2″ pan head screws and #6 x 5/8″ flat head screws. There’s also virtually no information about their plastic rear-mount sockets. Or any explanation why their standard locking devices are largely made from metal, and their more adjustable ones are largely made of plastic.