Shop Talk Live - Fine Woodworking (general)

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Question 1:

From Damon: It’s time for me to start surfacing rough boards, but I don’t have the money to buy BOTH a jointer and a planer. I do have a plan for milling stock without the jointer, please let me know what you think:

  1. Buy a lunchbox planer and build a sled for face jointing
  2. Build a jig for ripping a straight edge at the tablesaw
  3. After face jointing with the sled and then planing the stock to thickness, the plan is to a rip a straight edge on my table using the jig and then ripping to width using the fence.          

Do you know of a better way to mill to four square without a jointer?

Question 2:

From Granary: What are your thoughts on resawing at the tablesaw? I'm terrified of it, but was recently and reluctantly exposed to it as a method for expediting the process at the shop. But, as an intermediate woodworker, I can only see downsides to resawing at the tablesaw. While taking a class, after resawing a few times at the tablesaw, I had to request that I not do it. I felt like a total wuss, but at the same time, when I was holding the stock, and the saw was running, I just felt like it was going to go wrong.

Segment: All Time Favorite Technique

Anissa: Gluing on clamping blocks for miters

Ben: Using CA glue to glue a piece to an backer board in order to plane it thinner than 1/4-in.

Mike: Using shims to perfectly offset a piece


Question 3: Esoteric lumber questions!

From Craig: Needed some 16/4 ash stock for table legs. At my local lumberyard, I selected from a bin that contained a mix of flat, riff and quarter sawn boards, I pulled what I’d thought was an ideal piece, had the yard guy write up the tag, and then proceeded to the office. I noticed on the tag that the width of my selection was ~ 12/4. I suggested that I should pay the price for 12/4, rather than 16/4, but they were unpersuaded. It was foolish of me to suggest this, as at this yard the invisible sign on the wall reads “The customer is always wrong”

Love the show; Anissa “Long Pause” Kapsales is a nice addition

From Cameron: When breaking down a larger board do you prefer long or wide off cuts?  After listening to the pod for years now I’m obsessed with getting the best grain selection but don’t want to waste a whole board to get one piece.

As an example, I have a board that is 8-in. wide and 4-ft. long. From that I need piece that is 3-in. By 8-in. The best piece is on the edge of the board, 6-in. from the end.  

 


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Question 1:

From Tom: I am building a credenza that will be 84" long, with solid walnut top and bottom. If the back is made of plywood (1/2" or 3/4"), is it ok to glue the back to the solid top and bottom pieces, or will differential wood movement cause this joint to fail?

Question 2:

From Ron: What are your opinions on the various panel clamps available (ie Damstom) and are any worth buying?   In most of your videos/articles I see shop made wooden cauls and lots of bar clamps, but I’m looking for a less stressful way since I struggle to keep things flat as I rush to get clamps on before the glue sets up.

Segment: All Time Favorite Tool

Ben: Sharpening stone box

Mike: Associate editor, Barry Dima, because he's a kiss up and gave him a set of dividers

Tom: Small hammer he STOLE from the FWW shop

Question 3:

From Craig: I am going to build Garrett Hack's huntboard from issue #187. One thing I am unsure of is how to attach the drawer runners. The only thing shown in the text and plan is that they are tenoned at the front to the rails, with no mention of the back. They can't be mortised into the back panel like the kickers due to the assembly order, and simply gluing them to the sides would lead to cross grain gluing issues. I've thought of a couple ways I could attach them, one being sitting on cleats attached to the case back, or screwed into the side partitions with elongated holes. Do you guys have any thoughts or know how Garrett secured these pieces?

 


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Links mentioned in this episode:

An Edge-Jointing Primer - Well-tuned tools and the right technique create joints that last by Gary Rogowski #124–May/June 1997 Issue

Creating an Attractive Tabletop, Part 2 Edge-jointing and glue-up by Bob Van Dyke #208–Nov/Dec 2009 Issue

No Black Line Veneer

How to add splines for stronger miters - Quick jig produces clean joints with hidden power - by Doug Stowe #268–May/June 2018 Issue 

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Show notes

Links mentioned in this episode:

Wood Planes Made Easy by David Finck #196–Jan/Feb 2008 Issue - http://bit.ly/2QU8Ui9

 

Handwork: Make a coopering plane by Clark Kellogg #263-Sep/Oct 2017 Issue - http://bit.ly/2QVs9YP

 

James Krenov on Handplanes by James Krenov #196–Jan/Feb 2008 Issue - http://bit.ly/2QTT5YS

 

Get to Know Japanese Handplanes by Andrew Hunter #260–Mar/Apr 2017 Issue - http://bit.ly/2wY5Mfg

 

Japanese Planes Demystified by Carl Swensson #145–Nov/Dec 2000 Issue - http://bit.ly/2QRCHrM

 

Soundproof a Basement Shop by Mark Corke #167–Tools & Shops 2003 Issue - http://bit.ly/2QQRQd3

 

Mike Farrington on YouTube - http://bit.ly/2QXRWPT

 

Dorian Bracht on YouTube - http://bit.ly/2QXQtsR

 

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Links discussed in this episode:

Sanding on the Drill Press - by Michael Fortune #254–May/June 2016 Issue

Arts & Crafts Bed by Kevin Rodel #260–Mar/Apr 2017 Issue 

Contemporary Arts and Crafts Bed by Michael Cullen #268–May/June 

Emmet Van Driesche - Spoon blanks for sale

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Sharpening Services – Is it worth the time and expense to get your blades sharpened?

Video: Machine Setup – The Jointer part 1 – Matt Wajda sets the jointer tables using only a straight-edge and some scraps of paper

Finish Line: Original Arts and Crafts by Nancy R. Hiller #193–Sept/Oct 2007 Issue

Re-creating a Shaker Finish by Linda Coit #203–Jan/Feb 2009 Issue

Video Workshop: Mike fumes the white oak of his hayrake table

Video: How to Fume Furniture with Ammonia by Kelly J. Dunton #186–Sept/Oct 2006 Issue

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Links mentioned:

Video: Accurate Biscuit Joints by Tony O'Malley #165–Sept/Oct 2003 Issue

 

Fine Furniture with Biscuit Joints by Michael Fortune #227–July/Aug 2012 Issue

 

Hall Table with Flair by Jennifer Anderson #236–Nov/Dec 2013 Issue

 

Display Cabinet, the Krenov Way by Jim Budlong #208–Nov/Dec 2009 Issue

 

Mid-Century Credenza by Libby Schrum #261–May/June 2017 Issue

 

Get perfect reveals with a Domino by Anissa Kapsales #261–May/June 2017 Issue

 

How to Tame Tricky Glue-Ups by Michael Fortune #243–Nov/Dec 2014 Issue


How to Make a Mallet by Michael Cullen #230–Tools & Shops 2013 Issue

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We were going to put this interview in the last episode, but it deserved to have your undivided attention. So here is a special bonus episode of Shop Talk Live.

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Chris Becksvoort, the dovetail master at work by Christian Becksvoort, Ben Strano #264-Nov/Dec 2017 Issue - http://bit.ly/2M5heMI

Architectural Wall Cabinet by Nancy R. Hiller #270–Sep/Oct 2018 Issue -http://bit.ly/2LWq1QU

An Elegant, Contemporary DeskAn Elegant, Contemporary Desk by Michael Robbins #270–Sep/Oct 2018 Issue -http://bit.ly/2M0LmII

Scaling Furniture from Photos by Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez #170–May/June 2004 Issue - http://bit.ly/2LWtKhk

Resize. Don’t Redraw. – Dave Richards totally changes the scale of a piece in an efficient manner by David Richards - http://bit.ly/2vfRWlg

 

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Mike, Matt, and Ben answer 14 questions in another lightning round
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Mike, Matt, and Ben discuss glue-ups, premium vs. not-so-premium chisels, clogged handplanes, and milling lumber

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Links mentioned in the show:

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Matt, Anissa, and Ben discuss tablesaw safety, working with round parts, drawbore joinery, wood movement, and their all-time favorite articles
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Articles discussed in this episode:
 
Drawbored Tenons by Steve Latta #241–July/Aug 2014 Issue - http://bit.ly/2K9mFWz
 
Understanding Wood Movement by Christian Becksvoort #165–Sept/Oct 2003 Issue - http://bit.ly/2IdHNZN
 
Five Essential Bandsaw Jigs by Michael Fortune #180–Nov/Dev 2005 Issue - http://bit.ly/2K96xo7
 
Greatest Commission Ever? by Jonathan Binzen #198–May/June 2008 Issue - http://bit.ly/2K872i4
 
ARK Shark Guard from Leeway Workshop – A riving knife for old cabinet saws by Matt Kenney - http://bit.ly/2K4q7BL
 
 
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Links from the show:

Make a Table from a Board by Michael Pekovich #243–Nov/Dec 2014 Issue - http://bit.ly/2sHpRkw
Video Workshop: Single Board Side Table by Michael Pekovich - http://bit.ly/2Hqu8yf

Left-Tilt vs. Right-Tilt Tablesaws by Hendrik Varju #191–May/June 2007 Issue - http://bit.ly/2sKYvKt

Tablesaw Kickback by Kelly Mehler #116–Jan/Feb 1996 Issue - http://bit.ly/2sKYPsF
Video: The Mighty DIY Push Stick by Ellen Kaspern #265–Tools & Shops 2018 Issue - http://bit.ly/2sJ30Fq
Push pads that actually work. Are you ready? by Rollie Johnson - http://bit.ly/2sKTNMJ

Build a Prairie Settle by Kevin Rodel #199–July/Aug 2008 Issue - http://bit.ly/2HqVlkq

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Mike, Matt, and Ben discuss jointer setup, bad bandsaw blades, plywood workbenches, and Japanese chisels and their all-time favorite techniques

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Mike, Anissa, and Ben discuss Christian Becksvoort dovetailing, Mike then chaldovetail jigs, card scrapers, half-mortise locks, and Anissa admits to an epic smooth move

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In a futile attempt to empty the inbox, Mike, Matt, and Ben blaze through 14 questions in this special quick-fire episode

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Plus, dealing with a warped panel, keeping tabletops from moving, the safety of spalted wood, and a snippet from our interview with Brian Boggs

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Handplanes that don't hold adjustments, dull bandsaw blades, 6-in. vs. 8-in. jointers, favorite tools, and the reign of Ben begins

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Plus, bandsaw tables, mitered shooting boards, smooth moves, philosophical woodworking questions, glass disk sharpening systems, and pencil vs. knife

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Bandsaw speed settings, mitered rips by hand, cabinet scrapers, crosscut sleds, sliding dovetails, and all-time favorite articles and tools

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Plus, choosing stock for a desktop, sanding techniques for turning, chopping through mortises, favorite techniques, and a preview of Tom's interview with Gary Rogowski

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Plus, ways to live without a jointer, bullnose bits, evening out color in sapele, favorite tools, and smooth moves

 

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Plus, the guys discuss drawer and door reveals, shellac flakes, panel saws, shop layout, flattening chisels, and their all-time favorite articles

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Fine Homebuilding editor Justin Fink comes in to discuss shop heating, moving a post, shop floors, walling in utilities, and all time favorite shops of all time

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Plus, the guys talk about deciding what to build, Japanese vs Western style saws, favorite techniques, and what you should add to your holiday wishlist

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Plus, the guys talk about planing veneer, jointing long boards, angled tenons, honing guides, and philosophical woodworking questions

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Plus, the guys talk about outfeed tables, bandsaw drift, veneer thickness, and cross grain glue-ups

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Plus, the guys talk about migrating sawdust staining the surrounding wood, shoulder planes, green wood, and they take a deep dive on drawer fitting

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Plus, the guys talk about the new issue, curved scrapers, prefinishing dos and don't, milling lumber for a workbench top, and dive into what perfection means

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Plus, alternatives to taking woodworking classes, routing circle cut-outs, glue line creeping, favorite tools, and smooth moves

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Plus, the guys talk about drawer reveals, finishing cutting boards, all time favorite techniques and their newest smooth moves

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04:50 - Question 1: 

I have a 400/1000 grit combination diamond stone, a high quality honing guide, and a leather strop. People always talk about removing the burr on the back of the blade after sharpening. I try to do that, but it seems to just bend back around and doesn't come off. I end up with a tiny sliver of iron on the end of my blade which is not straight and that I can bend with my finger. Why is this happening, what am I doing wrong?

-Theo

 

11:00 - Question 2:

Is there a maximum board width you are comfortable gluing up for a table top? I've heard that wider boards that are ripped down somewhat are more stable in the long run. I'm using some hickory for my top, and the boards will be around 10" wide following stock prep. I'd prefer not to rip them down.

-Eric

16:45 - All Time Favorite Tool of All Time... for this week:

Mike - Clamping cauls

Mike Pekovich: Arts and Crafts on Display
Ian Kirby: Gluing Up
Michael Fortune: How to Tame Tricky Glue-Ups

Ben - Lie Nielsen - Boggs curved spokeshave

 

37:50 - Question 3:

I recently made my first shooting board and modeled it after Mike’s shooting board with the sliding speed square for miters. My fence is dead square, checked with multiple hardware store squares but my cuts have yet to yield a square result. The consistent result is a cut that is high on the fence side of the board. After squaring and re-squaring many times I am at a loss. What am I doing wrong?

-Wes

Mike Pekovich: 6 Essential Bench Jigs
Video: Mike Pekovich’s Go-To Work Holding Jigs

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Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman
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52:10 - Question 4:

A few months ago, I made a small side table out of cherry for my wife.  The table came out great but I’ve noticed in the past weeks that the glue line has turned into an obnoxious orange color.  The table has sat in indirect sunlight since finished.  The dowels have a “starburst” effect of glue around them and the glue line between the boards in the panel are now clearly visible.  I was wondering if you’d ever experienced this.  I had thought I’d sanded enough to remove any residual glue but perhaps not.  Now that the project has been finished with Arm-R-Seal, would it work to sand off the finish to remove the glue marks and then re-finish it?  In the end, I’d like to make this project look great again.  Any thoughts would be most helpful.  Thanks for your time. 

- Daniel

56:00 - All Time Favorite Technique of All Time... for this week

Ben - Using a finder of a glove to seal your squeeze bottle of finish

Mike - Breaking up a complicated glue up into multiple parts

1:02:30 - Question 5:

When sharpening chisels, do you put a micro bevel on them or just a standard 25 degree?  

-Richard

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Plus, Ben, Matt, and Anissa discuss their favorite furniture makers, rules for the shop, All Time Favorite Tools and FWW Articles

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Plus, the guys talk about dovetail spacing, hollow-chisel mortiser techniques, bucket-list furniture, smooth moves, and introduce a new segment taking a deep dive into surface prep

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The guys are in Vegas and get to chat with skills advocate John Ratzenberger. Rollie Johnson joins and helps answer questions about secondary woods, having logs milled, and grinding on the cheap. 

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Vic Tesolin stops by to talk tools and tool bombs, plus the guys talk about splash-and-go sharpening stones, inexpensive vises, fretsaws, shaping curved legs, tool cabinets, and their all-time favorite woodworking books of all time… for this week.

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With Ben filling in for Tom, and Anissa Kapsales filling in for Matt, the group confesses smooth moves, discusses mortising options, intermediate projects, router tables, flattening cupped boards, and woodworking revelations. Plus, Mike is accused of being a bit cheeky with this all-time favorite technique.

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Plus, the guys talk about how they make drawer stock, tablesaw horsepower, roll around carts, and making a miter sled for a benchtop saw

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Plus, the guys debate working from plans vs. improvising, how much stock to leave when milling, all time favorite techniques, and some recent tool bombs

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Plus, the guys talk about attributes of a good woodworking student, picking the right wood for a project, and their all time favorite furniture and techniques 

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A special episode recorded live from Fine Woodworking Live 2017, featuring guests Peter Follansbee, Vic Tesolin, Joshua Klein, Joe Taylor, and Wilbur Pan

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Plus, the guys talk about finishing drawer sides, planing curly maple, and all-time favorite techniques and tools. They also answer an age-old question: How important is a fore plane?

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Plus, storing handplanes, swapping motors on a dangerous jointer, all time favorite techniques, furniture, and a listener asks the question, why does my plank stank? 

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Which bandsaw blades do you really need? Waterstones: to soak or not to soak. Plus all time favorite techniques and tools (hint: Matt has discovered tape, but it’s not blue!).

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Advice for putting together a hand-tool kit, and some solid advice on picking hammers and mallets for woodworking. Plus, a question about contrast and smooth moves and favorite furniture.

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STL 131: Leg vise lowdown and favorite techniques

Plus the guys talk about keeping stains off workpieces, drill-press mortising attachments, grain direction on tabletops, and Ben makes everyone squirm with one of his favorites.

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STL 130: Workbench advice and waterfall joinery

Bench tips for a fledgling woodworker. Plus a call for help, and update on SawStop vs. Bosch, and our all time favorite furniture and tools.

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STL 129: Vise advice and shipping tips

Using a cast-iron vise as an end vise, tips on shipping furniture safely, and  Matt is haunted by saw diapers. Plus smooth moves and all-time favorite articles.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-129.mp3
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STL 128: Favorite chisels and rusty tools

Plus, the guys talk about their favorite furniture of all time, all time techniques, crusty finishes, and the all important question — does your tablesaw need a diaper?

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STL 127: Smooth moves and workbench woes

Ben fills in for Tom and the guys talk about milling lumber, what they love and loathe about their workbenches, what to do with reclaimed lumber, and which block plane Willie HG should buy

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STL126: Brian Boggs reveals his ninja secrets

The guys talk about tool storage, sharpening stone purchases, and their all time favorite techniques... for this week. Plus a great interview with Brian Boggs about design, becoming a pro, and crazy bandsaw techniques. 

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Mike’s masterful moment on (web) TV. Plus the guys talk about nontoxic finishes and reveal their all-time favorite techniques and FWW articles of all time... for this week.

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STL 124: Rollie Johnson talks bandsaw blades

Rollie Johnson talks about his new blog and talks about choosing bandsaw blades. Plus hand-tool tricks for rabbets and favorite techniques and tools.

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Favorite techniques, including Matt’s method of hiding splines in miters. What nail guns you need, fixing punky patches on spalted maple, and favorite furniture of all time... for this week.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-122.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:27am EST

The low-down on prefinishing parts, and the perfect finish for tools and drawer runners. Plus, Matt expresses his adoration for the Domino, and Mike has some tips for through-tenons.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-121.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:18am EST

IWF: Tom’s cabinet blunder and other smooth moves. Plus we roll out some new segments: stats and surprise questions. Will they make the cut?

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-120.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:42am EST

IWF: What happened Atlanta did not stay in Atlanta. How to fix a wax headache, and the best approach to angling a mortise for a wedged tenon. Plus all-time favorite articles, and a shocking revelation as Matt admits that Ben was right!

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-119.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:08am EST

STL 118: Dovetail tips and favorite techniques

Highlights from Matt’s appearance on The Highland Woodworker show.  Handsaw buying advice. Plus the guys share tips on half-blind dovetails and their all-time favorite techniques of all time... for this week.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-118.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EST

STL 117: Catching up with Gary Rogowski

We get the lowdown on Gary Rogowski's mentoring program for high-school woodworkers. Plus, what's up with the new magazine cover design? And our all-time favorite tools of all time... for this week.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-117.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:52am EST

STL 116: Fine Woodworking Live returns

Tom chats a bit about Fine Woodworking Live, which is making a comeback in 2017. Plus favorite furniture and a new segment, All Time Favorite Article of All Time... for This Week.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-116.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:38am EST

STL 115: Crotch walnut by another name

With Tom on vacation Ben fills in as host. Mike and Matt argue cast iron vs. bronze, miter saw specs, and whether Mike actually works on his cars or not.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-115.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:13am EST

STL 114: Matt turns the tables on Ben’s tool bomb

Get better results with a card scraper and some paste wax tips. Plus favorite furniture and tools, and the down-low on calculating the load-bearing strength of wood for projects (hint: ditch the calculator).

*Web Producer's Note - Apoligies to the 765 people who downloaded the podcast in the first two hours it was up. I had an audio issue and you were hearing two Matt's after 15 minutes. The problem is fixed and a new file is ready for you to download. Apologie

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-114v3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:18am EST

STL 113: Tool bomb, or not tool bomb?

Matt schools Ben in the art of the tool bomb, and Tom has a senior moment. Plus, converting a jack to a scrub, cedar balls to the rescue, and a rust surprise under the cherry scraps.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-113.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EST

STL 112: Someone spelched, and Matt doesn’t like it

Matt lays down the law on spelching in the shop. Plus super glues for woodworking, when to save scraps, and favorite furniture and tools of all time... for this week.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-112.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:14am EST

STL 111: Get to know Garrett Hack better

Garrett Hack replaces Mike... for this week. Plus left- vs. right-handed benches, advice on flattening blades, and finally, the big question: can you straighten wood with steam?

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-111.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:55pm EST

STL 110: Those sexy shapton stones

Saw sharpening, smooth moves and the merits of a longer sanding block. The guys cover it all and it even gets a little steamy (and awkward) in the room.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-110.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:56am EST

STL 109: Machine mayhem and explosive shellac

Tom gets a shellac surprise. Plus the fix for a funky jointer, replacing a tablesaw with a bandsaw, and All-Time Favorite Furniture and Tools of all time... for this week.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-109.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:05am EST

STL 108: Matt Kenney has left the building

Ben Strano mans Matt’s snark chair and attempts to resist its devilish power. Plus, can a cheap handplane do good work? Can, and should, you build a period piece with the Domino?

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-108.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:06am EST

STL 107: Tips Master, Jim Richey

The guys talk about their all-time favorite Methods of Work of all time, this week. Plus, an interview with Jim Richey, the man who made Methods of Work.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-107.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:13am EST

STL 106: Charles Brock, host of The Highland Woodworker web TV

The guys talk to Charles about the new partnership between Fine Woodworking and his show. Plus, tips on chisel sharpening, using undermount drawer slides, and moving big machines. Plus, our All Time Favorite Furniture of All Time... for this week.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-106.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EST

STL 105: Why We Build What We Build

The guys talk about inspiration and what they like to build and reveal their all-time favorite tool of all time... this week. Plus reader questions on scrapers, joinery, and the changing color of wood.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-105.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EST

Clark Kellogg  talks about the schools of Krenov and Korn and how they affected his woodworking career, plus the zen of letter-carving, and why he’s so popular on Instagram.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-104.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:05pm EST

In our new “all-time favorite” segment, the guys talk about furniture designs they like.  Plus, how to hang a saw, the cure for wonky concrete floors,  and buying advice for machinery—when bigger is better.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-103.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:24am EST

STL 102: The new guy from Nashville

Ben Strano, the new web guy, is in the house. Combo machine or separate jointer and planer? Plus wood and fire don’t mix, affordable spray options, and sharpening twist bits—NOT.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:11am EST

STL 101: Cherry is No Substitute for White Oak

Mike extolls the virtues of quartersawn white oak in Arts and Crafts work. Plus the guys reveal their New Year’s woodworking resolutions and chat about how to keep warm in a winter shop.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-101.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:56am EST

STL 100: Matt is out of control, plus a mystery guest

It’s our 100th episode, with a special guest to celebrate. Plus we interview new contributing editor Chris Gochnour. Also, we chat up our favorite dovetail methods, and Matt gets a talkin’ to.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-100.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:37am EST

STL 99: Waterstone Detectives

Woodworking sleuths solve the case of the unmarked waterstones. Plus a planing sled for small parts, tips for wheeled workbenches, fixes for resaw wrongs, and more boneheaded smooth moves.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-99.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:32pm EST

STL 98: Mike’s Stick Trick, and the Fabric of Matt

Rust-prevention advice for a reader readying to move his shop. Matt shows his eye for fashion with fabric-lined boxes. Plus Mike chats about his stick trick, and Tom comes to terms with a drawknife.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-98.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:50pm EST

STL 97: The Guys are Toast

Why you don’t need dog holes in your workbench. Plus, get the lowdown on left- vs. right-tilting tablesaws, spokeshave starter tips, and Mike’s take on toasters (yup, we went there!).

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-97.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:01am EST

STL 96: Tablesaws and Tool Tests

Fine Woodworking contributing editor Roland (a.ka., Rollie) Johnson talks about how the magazine test machinery, and drops a few details about  his latest head-to-head test: compact cabinet saws. Plus, our favorite techniques of the week, loads of sharpening advice, and yet another cool use of blue tape.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-96.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30pm EST

STL 95: Looking Back Fondly

Another Fine Woodworking staffer leaves the fold. Plus, favorite tools, inspirational articles, the value of choosing local woods, and the haunting of Gabriel?

Direct download: Shop-Talk-episode-95.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:21pm EST

STL 94: A Fond Farewell

A Fine Woodworking staffer departs Shop Talk Live. Plus, questions on handplaning, sanding, workbenches, and more.

Direct download: Shop-Talk-Live-Episode-94.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

STL 93: Nick Offerman's Dream Shop

Nick Offerman describes the inner workings of his Los Angeles workshop, working with big slabs, and more. Plus, your questions on woodworking and an "All Time Favorite Technique of All Time."

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-93.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:17am EST

STL 92: Please CLOSE the Bathroom Door

Big questions on tablesaw alignment are answered by Roland Johnson. Plus weird stories from the road concerning workbenches, potty breaks, and a whole lot more.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-92.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

STL 91: Best Way to Destroy Furniture

We report on the—some-would-say—heartbreaking  destruction of furniture. Plus, new smooth moves, all time favorite tools AND techniques, and your questions answered.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-91.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

STL 90: Gorilla Glue for Fine Furniture

This week we turn to furniture maker Craig Thibodeau for answers on how to use foamy Gorilla Glue for fine furniture projects. Plus, your questions on planing end grain, working with live edge slabs, and more.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-90.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am EST

STL 89: Workbench Wisdom

This week we focus on a variety of workbench and vise questions. Plus, updates on Matt's trip to Lie-Nielsen, more All Time Favorite Tools, Smooth Moves, and your woodworking questions.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-89.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

STL 88: Marquetry Master Craig Thibodeau

Furniture maker and FWW contributor Craig Thibodeau sits in for an interview on this week's edition. Plus, your woodworking questions answered.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-88.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:54pm EST

STL 87: Shop Talk Live Moving to Video

This week we're launching the big video experiment. Now you can listen OR watch your favorite woodworking podcast. This week's topics include dovetails, dust collection, handplane rehab, and more.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-87.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:08pm EST

STL 86: Furniture Maestro Chris Gochnour—Part 2

We wrap up our interview with FWW contributor Chris Gochnour while tackling questions on bandsaws, miter joints, and more. Plus, new All Time Favorite Tools and Techniques of All Time!

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-86.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:39pm EST

STL 85: Furniture Maker Chris Gochnour

Fine Woodworking contributing author Chris Gochnour sits down with Matt Kenney for a lengthy discussion on his favorite tools, successes and failures as a professional woodworker, and building a desk for the governor of Utah.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-85.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

STL 84: One Big Problem with Helical Cutterheads

Helical cutterheads are all the rage for jointers and planers, but is there a white elephant in the room? Plus, your questions on finishing, mortise-and-tenon joinery, and a whole lot more.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-84.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:54am EST

STL 83: Outfit Your Shop for Under 2-Grand

Ed's workbench helps him combat a pesky skunk, tips on setting up a workshop on the cheap, and a super-cool mortising jig.










Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-83.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:50pm EST

STL 82: Matt Kenney's Controversial Arrest

Mike and Ed break the bad news about the supposed arrest of Matt Kenney before diving into questions on sharpening, workbenches, woodworking clamps, and a whole lot more.


Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-82.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:13pm EST

Weird woodworking tools that that are either totally useless, or totally cool. Plus your woodworking questions on milling, veneering, huge machinery, and a whole lot more.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-81.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

STL 80: Workbench Troubles

This week, we help two woodworkers with workbench troubles. Other topics include surface prep and machinery speed settings, plus a new Smooth Moves and All Time Favorite Technique segments.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-80.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

STL 79: Ed's Mysterious Basement Experience

What's Ed doing in a strange basement and why is his wife taking all the "credit?" Plus, your questions on restoring vintage machinery, setting up a new jointer, and a whole lot more.


Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-79.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST