If you are interested in learning more about how you can support Old Sturbridge Village’s cabinet shop, contact their development office at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Question 1: From Joseph: I bought a new house in 2017 and instead of moving a lot of tools, I sold most of them and started over with new ones. There are 2 things I haven't yet invested in - a router table and a dado stack. I'm primarily a hand tool guy, but I like to use power tools for dados/grooves and rabbets. Currently I am using my tablesaw with a FTG blade to nibble away at them, but I've reached my breaking point and want something a bit faster. I've used both a dado stack and a router table in the past. Both have some pluses and minuses for me; set up time being a major minus, but equally annoying for each. I'm also open to other alternatives that don't include joinery planes. Been there, bought the planes, sold the planes. I'm a lefty, and using planes right handed isn't fun for me. Tablesaw Blades for Joinery - Cut joinery faster and cleaner with a set of four blades By Bob Van Dyke #253–Mar/Apr 2016 Issue Question 2: From Nick: I have a question regarding a long distance relationship with a beautiful jointer. I am member of a "local" woodworking guild which has nice shop that is outfitted with a 16" jointer, a few nice planers. Unfortunately, I live a little over 2 hours away and at my home shop I currently only have a DW735 planer and no jointer. I would like to use all this nice equipment to do everything required to get straight, flat and square stock to take home and finish my projects. My concern is that by the time I throw it in the back of the truck and drive 2 hours home I would defeat the purpose. Does wood move that quickly when you're driving 80... ahem.. 70 mph? Can I get home and put in my climate controlled basement shop before I've warped everything out of flat/square? How would weather effect this (i.e. cold dry winter/hot humid summer weather?). The Basics of Milling Lumber - Key machines and smart strategy for making boards foursquare By Bob Van Dyke #276-July/August 2019 Issue Segment: All-Time Favorite Technique Mike: Peter Galbert using a heat gun to straighten out riven stock Bob: Flush cutting on the tablesaw Video: Versatile Tablesaw L-Fence- Build a simple tablesaw fence accessory that handles a wide variety of joinery cuts By Bob Van Dyke The Incredible L-Fence - Take your tablesaw to another level with this simple shopmade fence By Bob Van Dyke #237–Tools & Shops 2014 Issue Ben: Drawing an extra line when sawing on the left side of your layout line Question 3: From Jim: I am planning to build a sewing table for my wife. The plans call for using cherry plywood for several major panels of the case. While the stability of plywood is certainly an advantage, it is expensive and I like the idea of using glued up panels made from 4/4 stock. What would you do and why? Recommendations: Ben - Sharpen your marking gauge, because you know it's dull Mike - Get a Soda Stream Every two weeks, a team of Fine Woodworking staffers answers questions from readers on Shop Talk Live, Fine Woodworking‘s biweekly podcast. Send your woodworking questions to email@example.com for consideration in the regular broadcast! Our continued existence relies upon listener support. So if you enjoy the show, be sure to leave us a five-star rating and maybe even a nice comment on our iTunes page.
Mike, Barry, and Ben lament the impending demise of their favorite tree, what specifics they look for in sketchbooks, using a hollow-chisel mortiser as a drillpress, and their favorite woodworking books
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
STL 103: All Time Favorite Furniture of All Time... for this week
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
This week we welcome celebrated Australian woodturner Richard Raffan to Shop Talk Live and offer readers a chance to get their hands on a lathe christened by the master himself. Plus, we answer a whole host of questions on router tables, handplanes, dust collection, and just how much shop is enough.
This week on Shop Talk Live, Ed Pirnik reports on some government big-wigs at a foreign U.S. consulate who read Fine Woodworking magazine and gives the low-down on a brand-new video set under construction at FWW's editorial office. Plus, your questions on toxic paste wax, resawing basics, raised panel doors, and a whole lot more.
Tablesaw safety comes center-stage as we bring a certified, honest-to-goodness rocket scientist to Shop Talk Live. Plus, we answer a variety of questions including how to deal with "gummy" bandsaw blades, stubborn handplane tearout in figured maple, and hand tools for intricate inlay work.
Shop Talk Live 40: From Compass Planes to Corrugated Planes
This week's show brings questions on compass planes, clamp pads, wiping varnish and more, as we answer your questions. Plus, FWW art director Mike Pekovich fesses up to the biggest Smooth Move in the history of Shop Talk Live!
Shop Talk Live 39: Handplane Hassles and Hardships
This week we break down the reasons for taking the plunge into the world of handplanes and offer a whole host of tips for tuning up a vintage spokeshave (essentially a handplane). Our Audio Shop Stumper is back again this week with a chance to bring home not one prize, but two! Plus, your woodworking questions answered!
Shop Talk Live 38: Brian Boggs' Brainy Shop Machinery
This week, we report to you live from Fine Woodworking's second annual live event in New Haven, CT, and welcome the Modern Woodworkers' Association to the show. Plus, Brian Boggs, one of the south's most notable chairmakers, sits in for an interview.
This week, Ed Pirnik and Asa Christiana report live from AWFS 2013, one of the biggest woodworking machinery and supply shows anywhere. We cover a whole host of new tools and grab exclusive interviews with the brains behind them--including an update regarding SawStop's portable unit, straight from the horse's mouth!
A finely-built cabinet is useless if you can't get the doors and drawers open. Find out how to prevent wood movement problems and get your woodworking questions answered on this week's Fine Woodworking podcast. Plus, why is Ed Pirnik talking about "weenie rollers?"
Matt Kenney continues his interview with master woodworker Michael C. Fortune. Then, the crew offers up its go-to guide for legendary workshops and museums every woodworker should have on their bucket list. And as always, we answer your woodworking questions.
Shop Talk Live 33: Best Bets for Jointer-Planer Upgrades
Are helical cutterheads worth the investment on your jointer? Find out this week on Shop Talk Live. Plus, we reveal an exceptional value for brass hinges, introduce Matt's new theme music, and answer a whole host of your woodworking questions.
Shop Talk Live 32: Vintage Machinery Bargains and Blunders
Matt Kenney searches the internet for vintage woodworking machinery and bites off a bit more than he can chew. Then it's off to the races as we answer your woodworking questions and offer up even more, yes more, handplane 101.
Shop Talk Live 31: Ditch That Miter Saw for a Tablesaw
Fine Woodworking staffers tackle questions on planers, bandsaws, workbenches, and more. Plus, Matt Kenney gets busted for running staples over a jointer, and we catch some serious flack from an angry listener!
Due to an ill host and our normal cast of characters being on the road photographing a variety of new articles for Fine Woodworking magazine, we're postponing the release of Episode 30 until Monday, April 22, 2013.
On this week's episode of Shop Talk Live, we hit the road for an interview with furniture master Phil Lowe, then dive into answering your woodworking questions, with a bit of help from actor/woodworker Nick Offerman.
On this week's edition of Shop Talk Live, editor Asa Christiana officially announces Fine Woodworking Live 2013. Plus, we answer a whole host of woodworking questions, including a debate on how best to tackle big workbench top laminations without a beefy jointer!
Shop Talk Live 25: Time for a New Monster Workbench?
FWW senior editor Matt Kenney decides it's time for an even bigger workbench. Plus, Matt and senior web producer Ed Pirnik go mano-a-mano over differing views on workbench finishes. Plus, your woodworking questions answered!
Shop Talk Live 24: Wicked Weapon for Terrific Tenons
Ed Pirnik sings the praises of his new favorite tool for cutting tenons. Plus, Asa and Ed tackle woodworking questions on thickness planers, building a traditional workbench with minimal tools, and much more.
Shop Talk Live 23: Cuba's Forgotten Furniture Masterpieces
Ed Pirnik fills us in on his recent trip to Cuba, with a special focus on furniture lost to the revolution and a house built of Cuban mahogany. Then it's time to address listener questions with Matt Kenney and Mike Pekovich.
Mike Pekovich, Matt Kenney, and Ed Pirnik delve into the murky underworld of vintage tablesaw rehab and have a little fun at the expense of contributing editor Christian Becksvoort. Plus, outtakes from last week's episode of Parks and Recreation featuring FWW contributing editor Christian Becksvoort.
Shop Talk Live 19: All Time Favorite Techniques of All Time
Fine Woodworking editor Asa Christiana, art director Michael Pekovich, and senior web producer Ed Pirnik answer questions from readers and present a few of their favorite woodworking techniques in a brand new segment.
Fine Woodworking senior web producer Ed Pirnik and senior editor Jon Binzen hit the road once again, this time bound for New Hope, Pennsylvania and the workshop of George Nakashima. Later on in the episode, Ed, Jon and FWW editor Asa Christiana answer readers' questions and offer up a brand new audio Shop Stumper.
Asa Christiana hits the road, bound for Lee Valley/Veritas and a look at the manufacturing process behind some of today's most popular hand tools. Plus, Ed Pirnik introduces the new Shop Stumpers segment and offers listeners a chance to win a copy of woodworker Garrett Hack's classic title, The Handplane Book.
Shop Talk Live 14: Who Needs Half-Blind Dovetails?
Fine Woodworking art director Mike Pekovich, senior editor Matt Kenney, and senior web producer Ed Pirnik answer your woodworking questions on furniture-building-basics and sharpening. Plus, a controversial debate on the merits of half-blind dovetails.
Shop Talk Live 12: Fine Woodworking Live with Nick Offerman
Woodworker/actor Nick Offerman and contributing editor Christian Becksvoort join the editors to answer your woodworking questions and check in on the action at Fine Woodworking's very first live event.