My point is a semi-snarky comment about how when youtube first came about, it was full of "something for nothing" type videos, and they continue.
The thrill watching (but not duplicating) is the sense that for the price of a small power planer, this fellow has gotten a do all machine with infinite adjustment and it looks great with his test pieces. A friend of mine who did fine work and who worked off and on with some folks on TV mentioned that if you want to draw views and conversation, it's not about showing people something practical/fine or showing them how to make something, it's about demonstrating in such a way that they feel like they could do what they're seeing (without having to do it).
Or to quote Step Brothers, a machine like this guy is demonstrating is like the bunk bed scene where will farrell says his head is spinning thinking about all of the possibilities.
I think other than for box makers, the machine this guy demonstrates is far better for a youtube video than it would be to copy and use in real life. Especially in a world where most better-suited machinery is available reasonably priced used.
Can't argue with the 2M views if someone puts ads on their video, though - it's a money maker. the "life hacks" and oddball projects always seem to generate more in views than showing viewers something they've hashed through.
Thanks D.W. I now get the message you were putting over, 10+years ago in my hobby workshop I was making many gadgets for my woodworking and I would agree the planer displayed would most probably only been practical f0r some miniature projects. Some of us on the forum never seemed to make furniture but enjoyed scenarios like those displayed. Myself I had no more space indoors for more furnitures and gave and donated many boxes here at the forum and elsewhere. Neighbours would knock at my door. (never sold anything).
Well, we have that in common to some extent. I don't make much furniture, but am in the shop a lot. I will make it if there's a need, but I, too developed a fondness for tools and have probably built 75 or 100 planes, now a half dozen guitars (100 in the future would be a nice total there), and all kinds of other gadgetry, and now even pencils as you can see in another thread.
I suspect that the video maker enjoys making those tools the most, and that's fine as an end. I'm constantly amazed at what draws the most views, but think I understand why those types of videos do. It's the something for nothing escape from reality "imagine if" scenario.
I couldn't tell someone a practical reason why I build guitars, planes and pencils except that it pleases me to.