Joining plates with Becky’s jointer is a time-sensitive video game.
Hey kids! Winter break’s over, so here’s a puzzle to thaw out your brain.
You know those mental rotation exercises that are all like this:
Well today I give you a violin maker’s variation on that exercise.
I almost broke my brain making zulagens. Zulagens are little helpers that redirect clamping force to where you want for glue-ups. Here, a page out of my notes to explain how it’s used:
This zulagen pushes on the ends of the C-bout ribs, and the serrated face reduces slip during clamping. It’s important for the two sides that push the ribs to be squared up nicely. Before you serrate the face, this is what you want:
No light passing through the inside edges of your square.
But this ain’t your regular blocky block! The square reads diagonally across the reference surface (labeled “DOWN”). Sure, you can just flatten your DOWN surface and then square up each angled face individually, but why make it so easy when you can make it WAY HARDER THAN YOU NEED TO?!?!
Turn on your planing brain, it’s time to figure out how to square up the two angled faces with minimal planing.
Based on the light passing under the edge of the square, where should you remove material if you wanna get the job done in one go? Each question has ONE SINGLE ANSWER ONLY!
Let’s do the first one together:
The face on the right is fine and good, so the answer has to be A or B. The other answers would affect the squareness of the right face (Remember? Square goes diagonal on reference surface). The left face is reading bigger than 90, so you want to decrease the angle. The right answer is B.
Okay, you’re on your own now. Hover over the image for the answer. Remember, pick only one.
Get warmed up with this one, which is similar to the example.
Now for the good stuff.
So, how’d you do? Comment below if you want to brag (or whimper, or correct me, or point out some technicality that invalidates the whole thing).
And now, circularity for closure.
Note: if you hate math, skip this post.
This is how I looked during a 12+ minute cycle on the mill:
So, what better way to entertain myself than to guess the spindle speed based on the MERRRRRP pitch??
You can play along too!
Here’s what I had to work with:
Easy peasy! But I have not taken a math class since senior year of high school, over 10 years ago. Granted, the last math class I took was multivariable calculus… so I have a decently developed conceptual grasp of math, but I’m very horribly out of practice. When you’re done solving the problem, scroll down to see how my poor brain stumbled through.
Only 9 rpm off! Enough to break a tap, sure, but still! That might have been the most gratifying use of absolute pitch in the history of MJ.
Goodbye, couple of hours I can never have back.