HELP ME Invent a Woodworking Tool | This could help a lot of people

HELP ME Invent a Woodworking Tool | This could help a lot of people

If you’re looking for a project to wrap your brain around, look no further! This is a woodworking tool or system to help woodworkers system. I am in the prototype stages of this invention and would love your help.

In this video, I will share my idea with you for this woodworking tool. My hope is that you will have some ideas about the project that I can incorporate into the final product. Thank you in Advance

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  1. D Madsen on January 3, 2023 at 1:45 am

    I dont get why it needs to be motorized. The slabs are going to be like just a few hundred pounds? I see a hand crank, like a boat hoist

  2. kevin keegan on January 3, 2023 at 1:46 am

    moving large sheets?

  3. Raw Bacon on January 3, 2023 at 1:46 am

    Just eat your Wheaties and you won’t have to worry about all this………..Look what it did for Bruce Jenner.

  4. Christian STEVENS on January 3, 2023 at 1:47 am

    Pneumatic cylinders as feet under main carriage to raise and lower. Like 20 bucks a piece at Amazon. I know you’ve got compressed air in d shop. Easy cheap way to adjust and be able to carry big weight.

  5. Pulsar on January 3, 2023 at 1:50 am

    I think you’ve fallen into an engineering trap here. it looks really cool, but you could probably achieve your goal with a much simpler method perhaps taking advantage of the lift

  6. Bergly Anders on January 3, 2023 at 1:50 am

    Earned my sub this is cool

  7. Jeffrey Restrepo on January 3, 2023 at 1:52 am

    that thing takes up way too much space, I would just use the vacuum lift! set up some kind of peg on the table that would allow you to flip it that way

  8. ronniestanley75 on January 3, 2023 at 1:52 am

    Invent a domino that doesn’t cost $1000 or more.

  9. k9wiREless on January 3, 2023 at 1:53 am

    From the way you described your requirements I see the clamping mechanism could double as a table height adjustment if both hemispheres of the unit had symmetrical table height functions, The weakness of your machine would be the hemispheres separation I can imagine 400 pounds leveraged out would require a lot of structure to hold both halves together

  10. Thomas Stewart on January 3, 2023 at 1:54 am

    you will want to add a slide-able lockable counterweight that can move from roughly centered on the wheel to right near the edge of the wheel so that you can flip a slab without needing an excessively strong motor or a risk of dropping the slab on anyone. it’s going to need to be very heavy though. it might even be good to have the counterweight extend past the edge of the wheel so you can balance the slab a little better.

  11. CJ _War on January 3, 2023 at 1:56 am

    Your concept of variable heights is going to conflict with your single gear approach to the outrigger support legs. The only way it works would be to split the functions and only flip at one height of the device and raise and lower only when in either horizontal position (disengaging the rotation mechanisms. I am sure there are ways around this, but they eill start to make this more complex

  12. woodennecktie on January 3, 2023 at 1:58 am


  13. Damon Smith on January 3, 2023 at 1:59 am

    Pick a bed and table height. Every workable flat surface in the shop. Make all of that mobile or at least pull outs. (Ofcorce not the power talbes, but a fixed hieght)) A simple fix but opens up a ton of space and ideas.
    Inflatable bags as cushions.🤷‍♂️

  14. Richard Lindsay on January 3, 2023 at 2:02 am

    Hey I don’t know if someone came up with the idea already but I was thinking for the padding mechanism there could be a padded plate that’s being pushed by a hydraulics or a hand cranked mechanism on both sides of the circle

  15. Lala brady on January 3, 2023 at 2:04 am

    Can’t wait for the finished project 😊

  16. Pneumantic on January 3, 2023 at 2:04 am

    If you grab both ends of the board in the center, rotating at that centerpoint is a lot easier. Best I see is two machines, either hanging from the ceiling or on the ground that grasp the middle of the board and slide it to the center no matter the size. Then a motor directly turns it. Kind of like saw horses but they sit at the end and flip

  17. Explosify on January 3, 2023 at 2:05 am

    for clamping it, you could use an inflating bag in order to reduce the amount of possible damage while clamping, sort of like the inflating cuffs they use to check your blood pressure at the doctor’s.

  18. Jon Walker on January 3, 2023 at 2:07 am

    Maybe some kind of airbag system for padding and would somewhat help clamp as well?

  19. fall22123 on January 3, 2023 at 2:07 am

    I see a lot of comments like this already but…I work with plates of thick steel weighing hundreds of pounds. To flip them over, we use leverage. Attach a long bar to it, and 1 guy can easily flip it.

  20. John Alpha on January 3, 2023 at 2:08 am

    Pausing and guessing: to hold a long board?

  21. Patrick Houchins on January 3, 2023 at 2:08 am

    I’ve designed a much simpler piece of equipment to do the exact same thing no moving parts does require a little extra work on your part but still you don’t need such a complicated piece of equipment to flip slabs

  22. Theresa DeLuca on January 3, 2023 at 2:11 am

    You won’t be able to stand where you were when unloading slab of it is wider… Not use the lift handle… (Too short)

  23. محمد مهدی ملا علی on January 3, 2023 at 2:12 am


  24. Controllerpleb on January 3, 2023 at 2:12 am

    I wonder if it would be helpful to have some sort of jaw extenders just in case you need to slide the slab from the flipper onto the table. Let’s say if it’s too fragile for the vacuum clamp? Maybe just to extend the jaw further forward / up, but also maybe to the sides as well. I don’t do the sort of work you do so I don’t know how useful that would be.

    Also I wonder if you could actuate the legs with cams instead of gears. It would take a bit of experimentation though.

  25. Владимир Степанов on January 3, 2023 at 2:13 am

    Why do you want it to be motorised? Why not gears and leverage?
    And maybe something like "moving table" for sliding under target for those who don’t have lifting system?

  26. George van Diemen on January 3, 2023 at 2:16 am

    Obviously a workout SlowMilkShaker for a sliced cow. They will love it in California!

  27. Blue Collar Rebel on January 3, 2023 at 2:19 am

    Great design. Have you thought about eliminating the long rails that you could trip on and instead having the cylinder turn on a roller system. It could be belt (or better) chain driven to the motor if you mounted a wheel or sprocket wheel on the side. Would save floor space as well.

  28. Frank Hagström on January 3, 2023 at 2:20 am

    The gears use different number of teeth, on the same axle. So the "flip drum" drives one part of the gear, and on the inside or outside, you have a gear with a different number of teeth to drive the support legs.

  29. fall22123 on January 3, 2023 at 2:21 am

    The tool you designed looks awesome. It definitely shows your ingenuity and craftsmanship. But…in most shops, space is at a premium. It’s too big and it only does 1 thing.

  30. Name Vorname on January 3, 2023 at 2:22 am

    This is over engineered!! You can do this with straps very easy and flip it effortless alone.

  31. kestans on January 3, 2023 at 2:24 am

    well i would put a pipe clamp on the end of slab and use protruding end as a lever to rotate 😀 You could also attach pipe clamp to the center and attach your winch to do rotation lift for you 🙂

  32. D Madsen on January 3, 2023 at 2:26 am

    Wow thats compelling. I havnt watched it all yet, but its so pretty. But a wooden rack gear? Anyways 1st thing is…….drumroll
    Material capacity determines design. You have to decide how big of wood chunk you are going to use in your fancy machine, without that limit, all is lost.

    Its close. Ive seen one of those things out of metal, at a mill. So its close in terms of design. In metal work. What we do to flip a sheet, is clamp to the edge, lift it with a hoist, and lay it down again….just saying. Might ruin the fancy slab.

    So some reason i keep seeing metal. Did you talk to a welder guy about your dream machine? Oh the actual deal that i saw did not come apart in the middle, too freakin heavy!

    But what about nylon straps instead of chains, and wrap the straps around the stock, then lift it? Its a fun video, the sound is awesome, lighting is perfect, and you are a great presenter, thank you

  33. Scuffed Mcjagger on January 3, 2023 at 2:26 am

    3:30 so I’m kinda blah about this stuff but I really like trying to design stuff. Instead of having the piece detach at this point like you are doing and making it so its a piece of its own where it sits away by the side why not make it so it folds into the bottom panel by making some groves or something like you have to turn the slabs but just on the inside or something and making a inner connection for it to slide into? it would be way more compact and then make a table kind of surface as well when put away.

  34. Jesse Davis on January 3, 2023 at 2:26 am

    Um, timberjacks are cheaper. Or floor stops and a boat cable crank.

    Better yet a wood version of plate clamps, you already have a lift.

  35. KotRyszard on January 3, 2023 at 2:29 am

    I feel that if you already got crane on the ceiling it would you easier to just make to vacuum clamps of that crane. You use one to lift material in the air and then clap the second one to the bottom. Now you lift the lower one and loose the uper one and the material is fliped. No need to such big clunky jig.

  36. Asa Spencer on January 3, 2023 at 2:30 am

    How much weight can that suction tool lift? Can you just get 2 of those suction tools? Use the first suction tool to lift the slab from the edge to stand it on its side, then a 2nd suction tool lift the slab in the middle of the opposite side of the slab. Raise the 2nd one and lower the 1st till the whole slab is being held by the 2nd one. Slab flipped?

  37. Guilhem Marty on January 3, 2023 at 2:30 am

    board reverser?!

  38. Steven Shepherd on January 3, 2023 at 2:31 am

    This may be covered by other folks in here, but I just see that as being rather wide to take up space in the shop 24/7. Having 2 of them that would be narrower yet working in unison would be able to handle more irregular slabs better, while being able to stash away smaller in the shop. Brilliant idea, and I’m sure this will help many. Please continue to lead the way.

  39. John Clause on January 3, 2023 at 2:33 am

    Its a door or panel flipper.

  40. Madmoody21 on January 3, 2023 at 2:33 am

    It Seems you already have the answer in the vacuum system.
    Take the vacuum system put it on a beam or pipe longer than the work you expect. At the ends of the beam/pipe structure provide rotational movement. Suspend these two ends with the lift.
    Next build a drop area. This will be an area where the structure and vacuum apparatus can go into a table allowing one to push slide the work piece back into the working position flipped. The possibilities of design here are almost endless. From a cart system to foldable style to plain old horses set up. Look at drywall install lifts and such for possible conversion of pre used items.
    Great content Sir very commendable!

  41. T K on January 3, 2023 at 2:34 am

    My first impression was that a gantry system would be better but that depends on where you want to use it. I think the dynamic legs are novel but unnecessary. Think of how the legs of an engine hoist can fold or extend.

    My biggest concern is the off center loading that a wide slab will put on rig. Clamping the piece tight will help so the slab doesn’t jerk to one side when it reaches Tdc. Are you going to limit the slab width to less than 200% the width of the wheel?

  42. Matt Weinert on January 3, 2023 at 2:35 am

    Cool! 😀This is very similar to something I had designed to convey headliners through and flip automatically in an assembly line. If I could attach a picture I would, but we also had 2 large rings with each one sitting on 2 support wheels like you have. We used urethane treaded steel casters for the support wheels because, what we did differently was turned the rings with just the friction of the heavy ring assembly on top of the casters (urethane gave us a lot of grip). we broached a key in 2 of the in-line casters and linked them with a drive shaft so both ends would be driving the rings. However I understand why you have a ring gear & rack to support the cantilever load and its a very elegant solution that also give it mobility. Maybe having the flexibility to choose when the ring gear engages the rack so it doesn’t have to move out as far, or maybe it helps with something else I’m not thinking of. I don’t know, but I like how your brain works lol.

  43. Pithlyx on January 3, 2023 at 2:35 am

    All I can say is, it’s used in industry for a reason and it’s a fairly elegant solution to flipping massive slabs without being overly complex. Seems like you have made a very usable version even if it isn’t the most elegant. Amazing work so far, a little bit of refining and it will be even better.

  44. Vesstig on January 3, 2023 at 2:38 am

    Man reinvents tools to make them more usable

  45. James Weems on January 3, 2023 at 2:39 am

    Had one at ryerson for flipping heavy metal parts for knocking the slag off the bottom(manually). We called it the Pac-Man because it was a yellow looking Pac-Man

  46. William Kastrinos on January 3, 2023 at 2:40 am

    jplywood handler

  47. Brian Peterson on January 3, 2023 at 2:40 am


  48. Richard D'Agostino on January 3, 2023 at 2:41 am

    It can be done with no legs at all

  49. Scott Clayton on January 3, 2023 at 2:41 am

    Hang your suction cups from a trolley hanging from a gantry crane. Pull the whole thing over the floor, lower it onto aPivot back drywall cart.

  50. Ian Kjos on January 3, 2023 at 2:42 am

    Cool concept! I’m still worried about the center of gravity having to lift up and over the axis of rotation. I’d not want build it too small. Maybe some counterweights could also help?