Shop Talk Live - Fine Woodworking (general)

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

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-143.mp3
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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.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-141.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

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.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-140.mp3
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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

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-139.mp3
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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

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-138.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

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 

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-137.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:14am EDT

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

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-136.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

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?

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-135.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:45am EDT

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? 

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-134.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:36am EDT

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!).

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-133.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:12am EDT

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.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-132.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:58am EDT

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.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-131.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:04am EDT

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.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-130.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:23am EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 10:42am EDT

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?

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-128.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:50am EDT

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

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-127.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:12am EDT

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. 

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-126.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:09am EDT

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.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-125.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:26am EDT

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.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-124.mp3
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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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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.

Direct download: STL_102__The_new_guy_from_Nashville.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:11am EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

STL 78: Makin' Sparks on Yer Tablesaw

Ed Pirnik reveals his most boneheaded shop blunder yet. Plus, your woodworking questions on everything from chisels and power tools, to getting started and honing design skills.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-78.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:32pm EDT

STL 77: A Woodworker's Dream Job

Lee Valley Tools Technical Advisor Vic Tesolin—a woodworker with what lots of folks might consider a "dream job—" stops by to talk shop. Plus, your woodworking questions answered and a quick update on Working Wood in the 18th Century.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-77.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

STL 76: The Drunken Woodworker

Drunken Woodworker David Picciuto joins the Shop Talke Live crew to fill us in on everything from bandsawn boxes and Star Wars, to the internet woodworking community and more.

Direct download: STL_76__The_Drunken_Woodworker.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

STL 75: Return of the Tool Bomb

The  gang recounts some of their worst tool purchases ever. Plus, your questions on tablesaws, router tables, handplanes, and more.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-75.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:35am EDT

STL 74: Mastering the Molding Plane

Why are molding planes so cool, and where can they outperform a router bit? Plus, Matt Kenney's bogus sick call and questions on everything from workbenches and riving knives, to hand tools and end grain.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-74.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

STL 73: Sticking it to the EU

Seems like some guys still rip wood without a fence. Plus, how does a woodworker get a dado set onto a European tablesaw, and your woodworking questions answered.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-73.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

STL 72: Another Tablesaw Lawsuit

We interview SawStop president Steve Gass and trial attorney John Bell regarding the latest verdict in a tablesaw liability suit. Plus, big news regarding a new SawStop product!

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-72.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

STL 71: Return of the Speed Tenon

The guys field questions on everything from vacuum sealing your shellac flakes, to a debate on the safety and merits of Christian Becksvoort's speed tenoning technique.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-71.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:56am EDT

STL 70: Lie-Nielsen Live

Shop Talk Live sits down with acclaimed tool maker Thomas Lie-Nielsen. Plus, your woodworking questions answered.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-70.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

STL 69: Mike's Goldrush Doppelganger

How does Fine Woodworking's Mike Pekovich have time to craft a magazine while appearing on the Goldrush television show? Plus, Tips on scoring tools at bargain basement prices and your questions on handplanes, milling painted wood, and more.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-69.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

STL 68: Maine Furniture Master Tim Rousseau

Matt Kenney interviews Maine furniture maker and instructor Tim Rousseau on everything from favorite tools and biggest failures, to sage advice for aspiring woodworkers. Plus, your questions on handplanes, card scrapers, sharpening, and a whole lot more!

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-68.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Ed gets roasted by a reader for exaggerating router bit speeds, causing the team to re-introduce our Ask a Rocket Scientist segment. Plus, your woodworking questions answered.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-67.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

STL 66: SawStop Gets a Slider

This week Matt Kenney reports live from the showroom floor of the International Woodworker's Fair on new tool and machinery news. Plus, a few tips on getting started in serious woodworking, your questions, and a whole lot more.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-66.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:33pm EDT

STL 65: Wicked Workshop Tips

Ed & co. relay some of there favorite tips for crafting the perfect workshop before answering your woodworking questions. Plus, Mike on strange Japanese toilets, and tips on how to fool your sanitation man? What?

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-65.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:18pm EDT

STL 64: Lie-Nielsen's Epic Open House

Matt Kenney reports on his visit to Maine tool makers, Lie-Nielsen. Plus, new Smooth Moves, Tool Bombs, and your woodworking questions answered.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-64.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00pm EDT

STL 63: The Micro-Sized Workshop

Can you still build quality furniture in a workshop shoehorned into an apartment? You betcha. Plus, your woodworking questions on finishing tips, dust collection, bandsaws, and a whole lot more.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-63.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

STL 62: Chevrolets for Marquetry

This week, Ed somehow manages to bring Chevrolet into a conversation concerning traditional marquetry as we wrap up our two-part interview with period furniture master Patrick Edwards. Plus, your questions on rusty tablesaws, old bandsaws, out-of-square workbenches and much more.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-62.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

STL 61: Mind-Blowing Marquetry

Asa Christiana interviews marquetry super-star Patrick Edwards, the group fesses up to even more dumpster diving steals, and your woodworking questions answered.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-61.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:06pm EDT

STL 60: Dumpster Diving for Terrific Tools

Ed and Mike come clean regarding a hobby involving dirty dumpsters. Plus, your questions on workbenches, tablesaw adjustments, block plane sharpening, and more.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-60.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

STL 59: No Such Thing as Too Many Tools

Fine Woodworking contributing editor and self-described tool junkie Rollie Johnson takes your questions on power tools and machinery, and we reveal why anchor chain iron makes great chisels and plane irons. Yup, anchor chain iron. You heard right.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-59.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

Conflicts arise as we duke it out over whether woodworking can be considered an "art." Plus, your questions on tablesaw splitters, nasty handplane tearout, high-priced Japanese chisels, and more.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-58.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

We learn of a potential new miracle treatment for a tablesaw injury victim, answer your woodworking questions, and gain new insights on the acclaimed woodworkers featured on our back covers.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-57.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

STL 56: James Krenov's Legacy Lives On

This week, Shop Talk Live travels to California for an interview with College of the Redwoods lead instructor Laura Mays. Plus, your woodworking questions and even a few words from that late James Krenov.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-56.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

STL 55: Mike's Tool Chest Disaster

Mike Pekovich comes clean about a tool chest disaster that cost him a lockset and a bit of his pride. Plus your questions on panel glue-ups, wiping varnish, moisture meters, and more.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-55.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

STL 54: Greatest Hit and a Slight Delay

This week, we're on vacation. So sit back and enjoy one of our greatest hits: it's our 2012 interview with Lee Valley's very own Robin Lee. Learn how your hand tools are made!

Direct download: March-25-2014-Delay-Announcement.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

STL 53: Bitchin' Block Rabbet Planes

Matt Kenney starts a heated debate on the use of flock by box makers. Then it's off to the races as we handle a whole host of questions on rabbet planes, block planes, rabbeting block planes—you name it! Plus, Fine Woodworking's resident reclaimed lumber expert talks shop.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-53.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:41am EDT

STL 52: A Hit Man in the Workshop

Get the inside scoop on weird woodworking road stories. Plus, your questions on handplaning vs. sanding, shooting boards, hide glues, expansion and contraction issues with tricky wood doors, and more.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-52.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:32pm EDT

STL 51: Used Diapers in the Workshop?

How can cloth diapers help you in the workshop? Tune in and find out. Plus, your questions on cold glue-ups, live edge tops, drill/driver voltage, and more.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-51.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:38am EDT

STL 50: Tool Bombs and Colonial Woodworking

Matt Kenney fills us in on an annual gathering of period furniture-makers in Colonial Williamsburg and we introduce a brand-new segment we're dubbing "Tool Bombs." Plus, questions on everything from vintage handplanes and bug-infested wood—to basement workshops and handplane micro-bevels.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-50.mp3
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STL 49: Power Tool Power

Learn what all those hyped up horsepower ratings on your favorite power tools really mean in terms of a motor's capability. Plus, questions on workbench tops, kitchen cabinet construction, bent-wood laminations, and more! Plus, Matt Kenney dishes out on his experiences selling commisioned furniture pieces.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-49.mp3
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STL 48: Guitar God Mike Pekovich

This week, we introduce Mike Pekovich: Rock God, answer your woodworking questions, and gain insights into woodworking for a profit.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-48.mp3
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STL 47: Compromising Photos from FWW

This week Ed reports on a shopmade gift that fell flat on its face and introduces a new Visual Shop Stumper, Plus, the guys answer questions on epoxy, sharpening a spokeshave, buying lumber on Craigstlist, and more.

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-47.mp3
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STL 46: Ed Cuts the Cord—Literally

With the holidays here, it's time to reflect on past "service woodworking" projects and answer reader questions on everything from handplanes and finishes—to the ancient Golden Ratio. Plus, Ed cops to his most boneheaded shop move, EVER!

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-46.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

We welcome our new editor onto the show and tackle questions including tips on working with furniture-grade plywood, bandsaw wisdom, and how dumpster diving can get you into trouble. Plus, we tackle the question of whether Shop Talk Live is too heavy on chit-chat and too light on woodworking. To do this, we debut a brand new segment that just might take the "fun" out of Fine Woodworking!

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-45-v2.mp3
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Shop Talk Live 44: Big Changes for Fine Woodworking

This week we announce some big changes at Fine Woodworking magazine before diving into questions concerning specialty handplanes, steambending wood, and more. Plus, the Audio Shop Stumper returns with a very special Shop Talk Live challenge!

Direct download: shop-talk-live-episode-44.mp3
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