Back to the Shop with Philip Morley
Philip Morely is a classically trained joiner originally from the UK. As a teenager, Philip learned the craft of woodworking and later became hooked on designing and building furniture. Today, he runs Philip Morley Custom Furniture, based outside of Austin, Texas.
The thing I like about Plate is that it's no fuss. You just grab it, drop it down on your worksurface, and go.
Using Plate in Small-Batch Production
Recently, I've found a little niche in making high-end custom record consoles. I use Plate on the built-in accessories trays and the knife hinge installations. The minimal setup time is key for me. Every time I use it, it's just like, "Oh, this is fricking easy."
The thing I like about Plate is that it's no fuss. You don't even have to clamp it and the built-in alignment tabs are fantastic.
You just need a couple of crosshairs and that's it. And that's how most of my other joinery machinery works—just draw crosshairs, align, and go.
In my current record console piece, I used Plate to add built-in accessory trays. It doesn't need too much setup. Just needs a couple of lines drawn directly on Origin.
Plate is also useful in my shop for installing knife hinges. I already knew the hardware I needed, so I just searched for it in the Hardware Catalog and it popped right up. It was super cool.
The other thing I like about the Hardware Catalog files is that they have the cut depths written on the file, which was really nice. I didn't even test it first. It just worked great.