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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 -


Handwork: Make a coopering plane by Clark Kellogg #263-Sep/Oct 2017 Issue -


James Krenov on Handplanes by James Krenov #196–Jan/Feb 2008 Issue -


Get to Know Japanese Handplanes by Andrew Hunter #260–Mar/Apr 2017 Issue -


Japanese Planes Demystified by Carl Swensson #145–Nov/Dec 2000 Issue -


Soundproof a Basement Shop by Mark Corke #167–Tools & Shops 2003 Issue -


Mike Farrington on YouTube -


Dorian Bracht on YouTube -


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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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Show Notes:

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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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Show notes:

Chris Becksvoort, the dovetail master at work by Christian Becksvoort, Ben Strano #264-Nov/Dec 2017 Issue -

Architectural Wall Cabinet by Nancy R. Hiller #270–Sep/Oct 2018 Issue -

An Elegant, Contemporary DeskAn Elegant, Contemporary Desk by Michael Robbins #270–Sep/Oct 2018 Issue -

Scaling Furniture from Photos by Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez #170–May/June 2004 Issue -

Resize. Don’t Redraw. – Dave Richards totally changes the scale of a piece in an efficient manner by David Richards -


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Mike, Matt, and Ben answer 14 questions in another lightning round
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