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Fine Woodworking magazine editors and contributors answer your questions and share woodworking tips and techniques.

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Fine Woodworking magazine editors and contributors answer your questions and share woodworking tips and techniques.

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#197 Great Pod (as are the rest of the episodes)

By rexhansen - Sep 09 2019
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Loved the discussion on miter joints and shrink and swell. Kept it coming.

Great for Work

By Mark00thomas - Mar 28 2019
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I just finished some heavy audio books while working in the shop. This show is a welcome relief!

iTunes Ratings

1001 Ratings
Average Ratings
903
45
21
11
21

#197 Great Pod (as are the rest of the episodes)

By rexhansen - Sep 09 2019
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Loved the discussion on miter joints and shrink and swell. Kept it coming.

Great for Work

By Mark00thomas - Mar 28 2019
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I just finished some heavy audio books while working in the shop. This show is a welcome relief!

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Shop Talk Live - Fine Woodworking

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Fine Woodworking magazine editors and contributors answer your questions and share woodworking tips and techniques.

Rank #1: STL197: Clean Miters That Are Actually Strong

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Question 1: 

From Elijah: I’m planning on building a floating media cabinet out of 5/4 cherry. The basic idea of the cabinet is an open box that looks like you can look through to the wall. However, it will actually have a false back made of 1/4” MDF painted the same color as the wall to hide all of the wires. For this project I like the clean look of miter joints, but I am worried that it will not be strong enough. The cabinet will be about 48 inches wide, 10 inches tall, and 14 inches deep. Do I need to reinforce the miters somehow or will glueing in the false back strengthening it sufficiently?

Question 2:

From Reg: I’m trying to make bird’s eye maple legs that have face grain on all four sides.  Unlike (for eg.) white oak laminated legs, the side grain on bird’s eye is obtrusively different and a lamination would be obvious if done in the white oak manner of laminating only on two sides.  So I think I need four-sided laminations, which seems to mean mitered laminations. What is the best way to go about this? I am assuming some core 4-square stock is the starting point. These are going to be Krenov-type legs, so thinly laminating finished leg seems out of the question.

Segment: All-Time Favorite Tool 

Mike: Holdfast

Ben: CNC used as a pin router

Anissa: Her marking gauges

Question 3:

From Dave: What machinery can be bought vintage and what should be bought new(er_)? It seems as though this kind of discussion is all but exhausted when it comes to hand tools but I don't hear as much about the bigger purchases in the shop. For instance, not much has changed for drill presses, so an old and stout model seems like a chance to save some money. Meanwhile, it's clear that table saws have improved dramatically with regards to safety and dust collection, so if a SawStop is attainable, I should budget accordingly. But what are your thoughts about bandsaws, jointers, planers, lathes, and the like? Are some types of shop equipment less vulnerable to the risks of buying used?

Question 4:

From Frank: I am making several MDF plinths for an upcoming exhibit. They are 16" square. I mitered the edges so the only visible end gain is at the top. I’m looking for painting suggestions. Some videos say to use Zinsser BIN, and others say to just use regular drywall type primer, then lightly sand before applying primary color. Do you have any suggestions that would steer me in the proper direction?

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 shoptalk@taunton.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.

Aug 30 2019

1hr 3mins

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Rank #2: STL196: Is It Time to Upgrade Your Planer

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Question 1: 

From Chase:

I have an old 13" hitachi planer I got from craigslist many years ago.  It has served me well but is starting to have issues. 13 inches has been useful, but at times I wish it was wider.  In your experience is it worth the extra money to buy something bigger, or should I stick with a more reasonable choice like DW735?  I have 220v access and floor space, so that isn't an issue. I am in my 30s, have been woodworking for ~10 years. I would like to keep woodworking into my 80s, so I can justify a longer term investment.  I can afford a 1.5 or 2k tool, but could buy something else if I stuck with a cheaper planer.  

 Question 2:

From Martin:

I know Mike likes to have a small offset between the rails and stiles of his frame-and-panel doors. But how does he then avoid chipping the unsupported inside corners of the stiles when planing the top and bottom of the door to fit the opening?

Segment: All Time Favorite Tool of All Time

Barry: SketchUp

Mike: Suizan Japanese Saws and DFM Dowel Plate

Ben: Shopmade Hot Pipe Bender

Question 3:

From RobGoSlow on YouTube:

I'm not sure where to submit questions for the podcast but I have one: I'm a very new wood worker with a lower end contractor table saw. Obviously things like the blade angle and fence are not very precise but I want to know what sources of error are there to look out for? What are the types of error you're concerned about with a cheap table saw? 

Question 4:

From Capt. Zachary J. Daniels:

I want to buy a block plane from Lie-Nielsen.  I know Mike is a fan of the adjustable mouth block plane.  However, I also remember Mike and Matt Kenney having a spirited debate where Matt was extolling the virtues of the rabbeting block plane. I can’t seem to find the original discussion between Matt and Mike.  Instead of listening to the entire catalog again, (and without Matt around to defend himself) I’m interested to hear Mike’s opinion on why he prefers the adjustable mouth block plane over the rabbeting block plane.

Right now, I only want to buy one block plane as I also have my eye on the No. 62 low angle jack.    

Thanks for the show and keep up the great work!  I became an unlimited member after listening to several of the podcasts, so keep the content coming and inspiring others! 

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 shoptalk@taunton.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.

Aug 16 2019

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Rank #3: STL195.5: Scott Landis of Greenwood Global

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For more than 25 years GreenWood has worked with artisans in Honduras and the Peruvian Amazon to produce high-quality wood products from well-managed forests. They train woodworkers to use appropriate tools and technologies, and connect their products to good markets.

The GreenWood Carver's Mallets are available at LeeValley.com.

Support GreenWood's efforts by heading over to their GoFundMe page.

The Workbench Book by Scott Landis

Aug 09 2019

1hr 2mins

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Rank #4: STL 49: Power Tool Power

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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.

Jan 10 2014

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Rank #5: STL198.5: Bonus Episode with Tim Rousseau

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Tim's Modern Desk video workshop: https://www.finewoodworking.com/videoworkshop/2019/07/danish-modern-desk-with-tim-rousseau   Sign up for the Fine Woodworking weekly eLetter - https://www.finewooworking.com/newsletter   Sign up for a Fine Woodworking Unlimited membership - https://www.finewoodworking.com/unlimited   Shop Talk Live show notes are available here - https://www.shoptalklive.com

Sep 20 2019

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Rank #6: STL 100: Matt is out of control, plus a mystery guest

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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.

Dec 18 2015

1hr 10mins

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Rank #7: STL191: A Jointer Worth Traveling For

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If you are interested in learning more about how you can support Old Sturbridge Village’s cabinet shop, contact their development office at development@osv.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.

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?).

Segment: All-Time Favorite Technique Mike: Peter Galbert using a heat gun to straighten out riven stock Bob: Flush cutting on the tablesaw

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 shoptalk@taunton.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.  

Jun 07 2019

1hr 10mins

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Rank #8: STL 160: Beginner Mistakes

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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

Mar 30 2018

1hr 16mins

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Rank #9: STL 96: Tablesaws and Tool Tests

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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.

Oct 22 2015

54mins

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Rank #10: STL 93: Nick Offerman's Dream Shop

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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."

Sep 11 2015

1hr 14mins

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Rank #11: STL 123: Nick Offerman's All-Time Favorite Tool

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Oct 28 2016

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Rank #12: STL 84: One Big Problem with Helical Cutterheads

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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.

May 08 2015

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Rank #13: STL 52: A Hit Man in the Workshop

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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.

Feb 21 2014

54mins

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Rank #14: STL 149: Sharpening demystified

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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

Oct 27 2017

1hr 13mins

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Rank #15: STL 101: Cherry is No Substitute for White Oak

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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.

Dec 30 2015

52mins

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Rank #16: STL 46: Ed Cuts the Cord—Literally

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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!

Nov 28 2013

1hr 11mins

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Rank #17: STL187: Desert Island Dream Projects

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Question 1: From Paul: Heide Martin’s serving trays in the May/June 2018 are beautiful and I have since made a couple. My question is about keeping the bottom boards flat. I cut some walnut that had been air dried for probably 20 years. In an hour or two both boards cupped. I then sequentially tried wetting one side, wetting both sides, soaking in water, soaking in fabric softener, each time clamping the boards to keep them flat and leaving for days and days to dry out. None of these things worked and in the end I ended up using some walnut plywood instead. How do you folks keep wide, thin boards flat?

Question 2: From Richard: In reality we all have limited amount of shop time available.  However, if the amount of time you could work on a project was not limited what one piece would you choose to make?

Segment: All-Time Favorite Technique

Mike: Using pocket holes to quickly make and change full-size mockups

Tom: Beveling an edge of a workpiece with a handplane

Ben: Riding the back of the blade to start a cut on the edge of workpiece

Question 3:   From Mark: I have been building furniture full-time for just over a year. Is it legal and/or ethical to build something from the magazine or a video workshop and then sell it? For instance, if a client asks me to build 4 Adirondack chairs, my thought is build them loosely based on what I find at Fine Woodworking, vs. reinventing the wheel with my own design every-time.

Question 4: From John: I was reading a FWW article by Steve Latta in issue #241 about draw-bored tenons where he said, “I make pins from riftsawn or quartersawn stock...”. If you’re making dowels, how can it possibly make any difference whatsoever if you use quartersawn or plain sawn boards? I still like Steve Latta, btw.  Keep up the great work, see y’all at FWWlive!

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 shoptalk@taunton.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.

Apr 12 2019

1hr 13mins

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Rank #18: STL 162: Mary May, Marc Spagnuolo, and Tim Rousseau

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This episode was sponsored by Titebond: http://www.titebond.com/

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Apr 27 2018

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Rank #19: Shop Talk Live 21: Tablesaw Tech

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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.

Dec 14 2012

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Rank #20: STL 50: Tool Bombs and Colonial Woodworking

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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.

Jan 24 2014

52mins

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