STL141: Vic Tesolin’s Tool Bomb
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.
00:50 – Question 1:
I want to purchase one more stone for edge maintenance. I have waterstones up to 8,000 grit, but I want a ‘splash and go’ stone for quick edge renewal. My shop time isn’t that consistent/regular and I’d like a stone that’s ready with less foresight on my part.
Shapton glass 10000? Shapton traditional 15000? Leather strop? Something else completely?
08:04 – Question 2:
I know you guys love the twin screw vises, but I can’t justify that kind of expense right now. Should I be looking at a standard front vise? A quick release front vise? What size would you recommend? What about purchasing a pair of tail vise screws and operating them in tandem? Would this present too many racking issues? I’m doing my best to operate on a budget, so please keep that in mind as you answer as well.
14:00 – All Time Favorite Woodworking Book of All Time… for this week:
Matt – The Book of Shaker Furniture by John Kassay
Mike – The Unknown Crafstman: A Japanese Insight Into Beauty by Soetsu Yanagi
Tom – Dictionary of Woodworking Tools by R.A. Salaman
26:00 – Question 3:
I’ve decided to purchase a nice fret saw for cutting the waste out when cutting dovetails. Given all that you have to say about bandsaw blades, I thought you might have some specific ideas about fret saw blades in terms of TPI and thickness. Teeth per inch vary from 14-30 and the blades get thicker as the TPI goes down? What do you use in your saws?
30:00 – Introduce Vic Tesolin and Question 4:
For my next project I am going to attempt a cabinet-on-stand. I would like to make some curved, flared legs like the ones found on the kumiko cabinet by John Reed Fox. Matt described them as “bootcut” when he referenced it as his favorite furniture piece of all time in Ep.112.
How should I smooth out the concave curves on these legs after I’ve cut them to shape with the bandsaw? I have bench and block planes, but do you suggest getting a compass plane, or spoke shave for this job. Any excuse for some new tool purchases will do here.
37:50 – Tool Bombs:
Vic – Compass plane
Matt – 12 in. disc sander
Mike – Dull pencils
Tom – Tenoning jig for tablesaw
50:20 – Question 5:
What is the point of doors on tool cabinets? It seems like the cabinets are open all day when the dust is flying, and closed at night when the shop isn’t in use. Is it just a matter of wall space or appearance? Does anyone ever close the doors to their tool cabinets?
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