Quick – how much would an 8/4 board that measures 6 inches wide by 80 inches long that costs $7 a board foot cost? ($46.69 before tax)
How much shellac flake would you need to mix into 72 ounces of denatured alcohol to get a 2.5# cut? (22.5 ounces)
How’d I get my supernatural woodworking powers? Did that lightning bolt that hit me in the head have anything to do with it?
No, it’s not superpowers… but it’s a super-handy woodworking tool that Marc Spagnuolo and programmer Kenneth Woodruff cooked up to make shop calculations that much easier. The Woodshop Widget is a free program you can use online or on your iPhone/iPad/iPod. It allows you do calculate the board feet in a board and the price, shellac cuts, convert between fractions and decimals, determine the amount of expansion and contraction you will see in a board and even has links to top shop tips.
Marc and Kenneth are in the process of considering an Android-friendly version.
While it may not be able to answer all of your woodworking questions (Who invented the circular saw blade?), this little program can help make your shop time a whole lot more fun.