I really enjoy watching your approach to design and problem solving (and obviously your precision and craftsmanship).
I don't have any real wood working skills (though I hacked together some window boxes out of a wooden pallet last month). Every time I see a project like this posted I get really inspired and wish I spent more of my life learning this craft.
How would you recommend a complete amateur get started?
Edit I could watch these videos all day. So much interesting content - and very much in the spirit of this website (Hacker News). For example, this clip of deconstructing and hacking the doweling jig is brilliant. https://youtu.be/jFPLFyxkhzc?t=2m51s
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By the way is this your full time job? I imagine making one high quality article a week is pretty intense. The stuff you do is very cool!
(just curious since you seem to have a software background and I am interested to know how you managed to transition to doing a hobby full time =P)
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Have you considered making a big-ish "regular" lock with a big wooden key (even though you'd need springs, not sure if you want 100% wood)? I think it would be a pretty valuable tool for learning how to properly lockpick (with wooden tools) :)
Also could you describe how your website analytics work? I see you're using a 1px gif to log requests. I guess this just logs to a file. How do you find out when you get a surge of traffic like from Hacker News?
So nothing good comes of it, only an endless discussion of where the blurry line is drawn.
TL;DR - be safe. You should know what that means.
And also so that my kids think I am cool because Dad knows someone famous on YouTube. Because that is what it takes to impress 11 year olds these days.