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STL 55: Mike's Tool Chest Disaster

comments (7) March 25th, 2014 in blogs

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This week on Shop Talk Live, Mike Pekovich comes clean about a recent tool chest disaster. Plus, your woodworking questions answered. - CLICK TO ENLARGE

This week on Shop Talk Live, Mike Pekovich comes clean about a recent tool chest disaster. Plus, your woodworking questions answered.

Shop Talk Live 55: Mike's Tool Chest Disaster

This week on Shop Talk Live, our very own Mike Pekovich comes clean about a recent tool chest-related mishap that left his pride slightly bruised. Plus, your questions on everything from tricky panel glue-ups and outdoor furniture-to sharpening techniques and moisture meters.


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Comments (7)

textur textur writes: @ Aledrinker & scotland22
He had forgot his key for the lid so he couldn't get it open during a show and a audience of 25 people. So he had to borrow a flathead screwdriver to pry it open in front of the audience. :)
Posted: 11:19 am on April 8th

scotland22 scotland22 writes: I'm with Aledrinker. What's up with the disaster? I'm about 75% deaf, so trying to listen through this is not worth it.
Posted: 1:07 pm on April 3rd

RogersWoodshop RogersWoodshop writes: I listened to STL today for first time and just wanted to say that it kind of reminded me of days when I used to listen to Click and Clack on NPR. What I mean is that the conversation is easy-going and comfortable and informative all at the same time. Kind of you can listen and do something else at the same time. It's good.
Posted: 8:07 am on April 3rd

michaelkuehn michaelkuehn writes: don't try to save money and buy a grizzly slow speed wet grinder! thats what we did it had worm gears made out plastic it didn't last long and grizzly didn't have replacement parts.we bought a tormek grinder about 3 or 4 years ago and are very pleased with it.
Posted: 5:03 pm on April 1st

SeglarPar SeglarPar writes: Hi all,

Great podcast and I do love listening to you all. Especially love when you interview professionals like Richard Raffan and alike. Also like the moments when you sometimes realize that to do fine wood working you not need monster jointers and enormous bandsaws etc..
There is one thing though, I think it is ok now to stop saying that the Tormek wet grinder rusts. Cause it does not. At least not since they switched to the stainless steel shaft introduced in, I believe, 2008. And the coating on the machine is very, very tough so you know I think it is ok if you drop this comment now. Another hint, the leather wheel is great and not the dark side of the Tormek.
Ed, get yourself a used Tormek if a new one is to spensy cause you will have tons of fun sharpening a lot of tools from your shop and your kitchen. I do not believe that Asa sharpens his wives fillet knives on the high or slow speed grinder:-) And if you do want to use one of those grinders anyway, Tormek now has the BGM-100 system which mounts in front of a grinder and the Tormek jigs can be used on there. Which is great for the HSS skew chisels that is actually a pain on the Tormek.
Lastly, let Mike speak more about handhools:-)

All the best from Sweden,
Posted: 6:19 am on March 31st

Aledrinker Aledrinker writes: I was interested in hearing about the tool chest disaster. That's the only reason I had for clicking on that link. What time does that segment start? Or do you expect me to slog through an hour of material to find the few minutes of relevant info??
Posted: 9:16 pm on March 29th

WRobb WRobb writes: Disappointment abounds as another episode disappears into the ether with no tool bombs! Perhaps that place where all of the longshoremen gather by the piers and quays has gone out of business in Connecticut? or your recent work obligations have kept you so busy that you haven't had enough idle time to spend browsing the tool porn that is so freely available on the internet and that leads to the type of ill conceived tool purchases that leads to buyer's remorse? Otherwise a good show.
Posted: 6:22 pm on March 25th

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