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iTunes Ratings

82 Ratings
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Exceptional

By Nsnshejehdbb3848493 - Feb 24 2018
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Great hosts, positive attitudes, exceptional show!

A must for woodworkers

By Coma67lift - Nov 19 2017
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Great podcast for all woodworkers. This podcast mirrors the magazine.

iTunes Ratings

82 Ratings
Average Ratings
67
8
4
2
1

Exceptional

By Nsnshejehdbb3848493 - Feb 24 2018
Read more
Great hosts, positive attitudes, exceptional show!

A must for woodworkers

By Coma67lift - Nov 19 2017
Read more
Great podcast for all woodworkers. This podcast mirrors the magazine.
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The Mortise & Tenon Podcast

Latest release on Jan 04, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: 03 - Beginning Your Hand-tool Journey

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This time, Mike and I tackled one of the most common discussions we have with readers: how to get started on the hand-tool route. What change of mindset is needed to make the switch from power tools to hand tools? Should we be cutting practice joints? What are the biggest hurdles we encounter on this journey? We hope this episode is an encouragement to you to get into the shop to work with your hands. Have further questions? Leave us a comment and we’d love to help. Thanks for listening!

Dec 01 2017

49mins

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Rank #2: 06 - Setting Up a Hand-tool Workshop

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We had lots to talk about today. On the magazine front, pre-orders for Issue Four opened yesterday, and we’ve been releasing the Table of Contents for the past two weeks leading up to the big event. We talk about our soon-to-be-released t-shirt design, commissioned from artist Jessica Roux. In our discussion, we go over the ins and outs of setting up a workshop specifically based around the use of hand tools. We consider decisions to be made around lighting, heat, and tool storage, along with details from period shops that might inform the way we approach this task today.

Feb 02 2018

50mins

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Rank #3: 04 - Sourcing Lumber

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Episode 4 of our podcast is centered around sourcing lumber for furniture making. In reality, Mike and I both source our wood from all sorts of places. We harvest our own from the woods, use a lot of salvaged material, and also order from lumberyards. In our discussion, we go over the best way to store lumber for air drying (it’s simpler than you think).

Dec 21 2017

57mins

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Rank #4: 08 - A New (Old) Way of Working Wood

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This new episode of our podcast was recorded after two weeks of traveling to meet inspiring craftspeople of many different specialties. Mike and I share some of what we learned on our trips and discuss how learning hand skills is essential to surviving in a hyper-consumerist culture. Joshua also discusses his recent explorations into a pragmatic approach to wooden planemaking.

May 05 2018

45mins

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Rank #5: 05 - Why Make Things with Your Hands featuring Ben Strano

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This episode of our podcast is the first to feature a guest. Since our friend, Ben Strano of Fine Woodworking, was up in our neck of the woods this week, we invited him to join us in a discussion about the importance of hand skills and making things with personal meaning. And because Ben is not only a passionate woodworker, but he is a tech-nut, we also discussed how both print and digital media support those two vital things for this next generation of woodworkers. Ben describes his work behind the scenes at Fine Woodworking and tells us about what it’s like working with the woodworkers he looks up to most.

Photo credit: Ben Strano

Jan 12 2018

38mins

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Rank #6: 09 - Perfection in Woodworking with Jim McConnell

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During Jim’s visit a few weeks ago, we recorded this new episode in which we further explore the topic of Jim’s article from Issue Three: “On Perfection: Both Practical & Practiced”. Jim talks about how this topic developed in his own life and what happened when he enlisted others to contribute their own answers to a series on his blog. Jim was surprised to find different perspectives on perfection in woodworking which eventually inspired his M&T article. In this podcast, we dive a little deeper into this topic of perfection in woodworking.

Jun 15 2018

49mins

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Rank #7: 10 - “Barriers to Woodworking” with Jim McConnell

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In this episode, Mike and Joshua talk with content editor, Jim McConnell, about common barriers to hand-tool woodworking. We discuss things like accessibility to tools (new and old), workable workshop space, decent lumber, wading through the sea of woodworking knowledge available, and scarcity of time to get any time in the shop. This was a rich conversation. Let us know what you think. What barriers have you come up against in your journey into hand-tool woodworking?

Oct 03 2018

38mins

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Rank #8: 07 - The Creation of Issue Four

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Because Mike and I just finished Issue Four, we dedicated this episode to discussing what it’s like to produce the magazine, what’s featured in this new issue, and what to expect in the coming weeks.

Feb 24 2018

45mins

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Rank #9: 11 - "The Furniture Making of Jonathan Fisher"

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This new episode of our podcast is focused on Joshua’s new book about the furniture making of Jonathan Fisher, a Maine furniture maker working during first quarter of the 19th century. Joshua spent five years writing a book looking closely at the surviving furniture, tools, and journal entries of this rural maker to understand what it was like to work in the 18th and early-19th centuries. Having just come from the Colonial Williamsburg conference to share this research, he and Mike discuss the writing of this book and several of the unique take-home lessons for those of us in the 21st century.

Jan 28 2019

33mins

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Rank #10: 16 – A Handmade Christmas

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In this episode of our podcast, Mike and I discuss our handmade Christmas gifts. This time of the year is a great excuse to get into the shop. We’ve been making gifts for years, and there are many ideas one could try out. We spent this episode discussing several of our projects in order give you ideas for the next gift you give.

Handmade gifts are a special thing. It is not an easy to commit to making gifts instead of buying them, but it is rewarding to invest yourself in something that will mean so much to those you love.

Jan 04 2020

31mins

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