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STL 50: Tool Bombs and Colonial Woodworking

comments (5) January 24th, 2014 in blogs

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This week, Matt Kenney fills us in on Working Wood in the 18th Century, and we introduce a brand-new segment were dubbing Tool Bombs. - CLICK TO ENLARGE

This week, Matt Kenney fills us in on Working Wood in the 18th Century, and we introduce a brand-new segment we're dubbing "Tool Bombs."

Photo: Colonial Williamsburg

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Shop Talk Live 50: Tool Bombs and Colonial Woodworking

This week on Shop Talk Live, 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.




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Comments (5)

TheaM TheaM writes: The guy who had a question about the quilts that need preservation: ask WWF colleagues at Threads Magazine! They will give you so much detail on how to preserve quilts that you will go dizzy.
Posted: 7:00 am on July 19th

horsch horsch writes: Hey guys, I got behind listening to the show and am just now catching up again. After listening to this episode I have heard a the question come up now a couple time regarding design and proportionality. I recently watched a video online where the interviwer was talking with woodworker Jim Tolpin about this very subject. He had quite a bit to say and has even recently written a book on this topic called By Hand and Eye ( I haven't had a chance to read it yet, but he talks specifically about designing with whole number ratios in mind, pretty interesting. If you want to see the video interview, you can find it here ( starts at 23:48). It doesn't seem like the book is widely available, I think you have to order it through his site. He goes into this topic in another woodworking magazine talking about doing layout with something called a sector. If you haven't seen it, it is pretty interesting ( Keep up the good work and thanks for all the great info.
Posted: 9:26 am on March 25th

woodworker57 woodworker57 writes: I had problems with wood borers one time on a slab of pecan that I had in the shop. When I started noticing the small piles of very fine saw dust piles under the pecan, I looked closely to see the small holes the varmits were leaving.. A friend of mine told me to coat the board with shellac, which I did. It took several coats of the shellac, but eventually all trace of the critters was gone. The slab of pecan still sits in the shop some 3 years later, and no saw dust from the borers.
Posted: 10:29 pm on February 7th

tomconlin tomconlin writes: Guys,
Great podcast! I'm like a lot of listeners, I am catching up on all the early broadcasts and also listening to the newest ones as they come out. I love the humor, the sound effects and especially the conversation between serious woodworkers who take the craft seriously without taking themselves quite so seriously. Seriously, I'm serious!

I think of what it would be like and how great it would be if you were all in my shop, drinking coffee, sharing ideas and giving me pointers. Well, when I'm listening to the podcast in my shop, it's like you're doing just that. Keep up the good work!

PS - Ed, I heard you are going to add a lot of florescent lighting to your shop. My years of living in Las Vegas must have rubbed off on me when I moved out to Ohio and built my shop. I have so many florescent light fixtures in there, it's drawing airplanes off their flight paths. But it seems to be interfering with my wi-fi signal and I can't listen to my radio. Research tells me that it is probably because I have commercial-grade ballasts in all the fixtures. I understand that residential ballasts put out a lot less radio-frequency signals and won't turn your shop radio into a static-boming white noise generator. Just food for thought.
Posted: 4:43 pm on February 6th

georgepseifert georgepseifert writes: Thanks for your advice on getting my Rockwell saw setup for resawing.

One more question about setting blade tension where you push on the blade and look for 1/4" of deflection. Where should the blade guides be when doing this? I've seen it described in Fine Woodworking articles a couple of different ways. One says to move the guides completely out of the way and other says the guides should be in place, but up about 8". Obviously the amount of deflection you can get by moderately pushing on the blade is going to be quite different in those two cases. Which is correct?

Thanks for the help. I learn something new in each podcast.
Posted: 9:01 am on January 30th

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