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Shop Talk Live 16: A Lethal Dose of PEG?

comments (12) September 28th, 2012 in blogs

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On this weeks episode of Fine Woodworkings Shop Talk Live podcast, we answer readers questions. Plus, Ed enlists his fathers help on questions of a chemical nature. - CLICK TO ENLARGE

On this week's episode of Fine Woodworking's Shop Talk Live podcast, we answer reader's questions. Plus, Ed enlists his father's help on questions of a "chemical" nature.

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 Shop Talk Live 16: A Lethal Dose of PEG?

On this week's edition of Shop Talk Live, Mike Pekovich, Matt Kenney, and Ed Pirnik take your questions. Plus, we address a reader's concern as to whether our chat regarding the potential lethality of PEG (Polyethylene Glycol) was really warranted. Special guests include Ed's dad. Yes, that's right, Ed's dad.


Asa Christiana 
FWW editor

Matt Kenney
FWW senior editor

Ed Pirnik
Senior web producer

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Comments (12)

bngoodman bngoodman writes: love it. Only problem is once every two weeks. Lets hear more.
Posted: 12:27 pm on October 10th

DaveSchutze DaveSchutze writes: Just a user experience suggestion... Where to click for the podcast could be a bit more obvious.

I first thought maybe the big green headline at top... not it.

Surely the big microphone image... not it.

Then it must be the blue headline under all the iTunes stuff... not it.

Oh... it's that red link buried between the description and iTunes stuff.

Don't make me word so hard! We're only on this page for one reason. ;-)

Just push play!
Posted: 3:22 pm on October 5th

Ed_Pirnik Ed_Pirnik writes: Thanks Thognar!

Your note of support has been logged! LOL

Posted: 9:12 am on October 5th

Mike_Davison Mike_Davison writes: Hey, guys, I do enjoy the podcast, but providing feedback/support via iTunes doesn't make sense since I never use iTunes. So... thanks!

Oh, chit chat, back 'n forth, jokes.... Good with me.

Posted: 5:34 pm on October 4th

Village_Handyman Village_Handyman writes: Once I found the podcasts, I have become a real fan. They are funny, but also very useful. Count me as a fan. I do have some suggestions and comments.
1) Since I am out walking when I listen, I cannot take notes. I would appreciate a list of references or annotations. The guys often mention a woodworker, a tool, or other product. A list of what was mentioned, and a web link for each episode would be very helpful to me, and I suspect, to others.
2) In podcast #16, there is a discussion of stripper vs. refinisher. Strippers usually contain a harsh chemical, such as methylene chloride, or safer chemicals, such as those found in Citristrip. They cause the finish to soften and bubble so that it can be scraped off. A refinisher softens the finish and lets you work it with steel wool. Most of the finish stays on the piece but is evened out. Formby's Furniture Refinisher is what I used to see all the time. However, it is not as common in SoCal as it used to be. The solvents present environmental problems.
3) In an earlier episode one of the guys suggested that it was not real important to anchor a workbench top to the frame. In earthquake country, that might be a bad idea, even if it OK in the eastern US.
Posted: 10:30 pm on October 2nd

AJV AJV writes: Another well done podcast. Solid content is the key. Hands down the best woodworking podcast out there. Much better than the other 3 guys doing a similar podcast, they often spend way to much time on one topic or go so far off topic that I have turned it off. Thanks for keeping the quality top notch...keep the "SHIP" sailing !!

Charlotte, NC
Posted: 8:56 pm on October 2nd

beem beem writes: Count me as a fan of the chit chat...
Posted: 1:39 pm on September 30th

BStev BStev writes: I like the back and forth banter/chit chat. I certainly don't listen to these for efficiency but enjoy the open discussion format greatly.
Posted: 8:32 am on September 30th

MarkTenboer MarkTenboer writes: This was a great podcast! I love these. You could leave off some of the chit chat. Keep the podcasts going!
Posted: 7:06 pm on September 29th

cahudson42 cahudson42 writes: Even with the chit-chat, this was one of the best yet.

Us Mere Mortals can see in the planer/banana episodes of Mike and Matt, that even the Gods can screwup..:>)

I seem to remember being taught to ignore the planer depth gauge, and simply lightly screw down on to the board face itself - partially inserted (planer off obviously) - then back off, and slowly come down again while the machine is running. Yes, a bit of time is 'wasted' with no-cut passes, but I have never tried to take off 1/4 inch by mistake...
Posted: 6:42 pm on September 29th

zephyr13 zephyr13 writes: I don't want to sound like a stick in the mud but I could do without all the chit chat and joking around. We only have so much time so get to the point.
Posted: 1:35 pm on September 29th

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Posted: 1:33 pm on September 29th

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