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Re: Sometimes hand tools cut the joint faster and easier

This must be why the Fine Woodworking blogs don't get more traffic or posts, Knots users and by default readers of the blogs seem to be very opinionated folks. It's either the way I do it or it's obviously wrong. I imagine that line of thinking discourages people from wanting to post information and therefore the blog gets less posts and we all lose in the end.

Just my 2 cents so feel free to argue it to your hearts content.

Re: STL 64: Lie-Nielsen's Epic Open House

Would really love to hear more interesting interviews, around the one per episode frequency. I like the podcast with you guys just talking to each other but there seems to be a missed opportunity for getting some of the well known names in woodworking that come through the FWW building to sit down and talk for a while about what they do and why. Prime example is the Richard Raffan interview: fantastic, awesome and very interesting.

Personally I couldn't care less about the misc woodworking tips and tricks but would rather hear more about the why from some of the more famous woodworkers we see in the magazine.

Just my two cents worth.

Re: Three great finishing tips

Looks like it could be a drawer to me. The piece behind the front could just be a glued on stop block butting into a stop in the cabinet. Way to be extra critical though.

Re: STL 59: No Such Thing as Too Many Tools

Wait, I'm supposed to be building stuff with these tools? I thought I was just collecting them for posterity.

Nicely said Matt, spend some time making stuff and you'll quickly figure out what tools you need/want. But you can a whole bunch with almost nothing.

Re: Do you mix your own finishes?

Actually 'iron and ash' not all finishes need finishing. We spray conversion varnish, lacquer and polyester and none of them benefit from additional attention. The quality off the gun is superb and only gets worse the more we try to mess with it whether with wax or rubbing out. I prefer to spray the sheen I want to see and avoid the rubbing out all together (except for high gloss polished finishes). I do agree that a nice wax inside a cabinet or drawer box does smell nice but that's the only benefit as far as I'm concerned.

Re: Does The Tree In My Front Yard Have Value? Part Two: Will Your Tree Make The Cut?

I don't think you'll be alone in that thinking Grenada. Some of the pieces shown seem to push the boundaries of modern work in a direction I don't quite get. Maybe that was the direction the University wanted to go with the work though.

Re: You Can't Beat the Physics of Kickback

I missed the video when it came out before but that looks like one of the stupidest moves I've ever seen. If the goal was to show what happens with kickback that guy is lucky he didn't end up showing what happens when your fingers get cut off as well. Stupid, just plain stupid.

Re: Shop Talk Live 45: Taking the Fun Out of Fine Woodworking

There must be two distinct kinds of people listening to these podcasts. Those that think they should be entirely filled with woodworking facts and knowledge and have no banter distracting from the factoids and those that actually enjoy listening to the interaction between the various personalities and the humor they express toward each other and the field in general.

Personally I would find the fact only version terribly boring and hard to listen to for any period of time but I truly enjoy the playful banter these guys engage in and occasionally laugh out loud at the jokes and name calling.

Keep up the good work. Maybe you could add another podcast that is fact only and has no personality and see if the numbers add up better for that version. I would bet money it dies by the road after a very short run.

Re: Shop Talk Live 41: Ask a Rocket Scientist

Oh I totally agree with VESPID, could you please stop having fun and make the podcast into work! Who told you that you could inject some humor and enjoyment into your jobs, shame on you. Back to work or I'll get out the whip you mindless drones. Heaven forbid you actually enjoy yourselves while getting something done, don't you have any moral fiber? This isn't the time or place for fun and none of us do this because it's fun so stop trying to make us enjoy it already.

Re: Calculating for Wood Movement

It may be esthetically unpleasing to see an 1/8" gap in one season but it would be worse to not be able to open the drawers in the other season. Pretending or hoping wood doesn't move as much as it does just results in unhappy customers. Just built some 9" high drawers that have max gaps of close to 5/16" in one season and will be snug but still work in the other season. It really doesn't look offensive and the reasoning makes sense.

Re: New Woodworking Machinery Maker Hits the Ground Running

Moontoad, they do list maximum depth of cut on the specifications tab on all but one of the bandsaws, I think the 14" is missing. Probably more of a typo than a lack of machinery understanding.

We are a critical bunch though aren't we. I can see one reason why there aren't more manufacturers wanting to enter this marketplace if the comments here are any indication of how we treat a new company.

Re: Shop Talk Live 16: A Lethal Dose of PEG?

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.

Re: Silas Kopf: Majoring in Marquetry

Great story, but why do the images of his newest piece zoom by so fast while all the other images proceed more slowly. Had to watch the video a couple times and keep pausing it over and over on those newest images to see what they were.

Re: Shop Talk Live 11: That Sinking Feeling

Great content this week, I really enjoyed the discussion on the future of design. That and the house made of poo. Steve, I've read Furniture and Cabinetmaking for years and while I agree the professionals in the UK (Andrew Varah, Makepiece, Savage, Senior and Carmichael, etc) all do exciting work it rarely gets featured in the magazine. Most of the pieces in the mag are heavy old designs from the British Arts and Crafts era. That's the primary reason I stopped reading it, I found more interesting work just looking through the makers websites.

Re: Shop Talk Live 9: Four Finger Swipe

Podcasts work great, I listen to them while I'm wandering around the shop. Never even looked at one of the videos, just don't have time to sit down in front of the computer for an hour. Keep up the good work.

Re: What I've Learned About the Online Woodworking Community

Well I guess I am not nearly as sensitive as the majority of woodworkers out there because I thought Asa's comments were spot on and I certainly can't imagine taking them as insulting or unsupportive of woodworking or the online community. Could be I don't have nearly as much free time as the crowd that has been hammering him over his comments though, I'm too busy working wood to really care. Shame on Asa for thinking he could actually speak his mind and not get his head chewed off. Welcome to America where you're free to speak as long as I agree with what you have to say.

Re: Is mass customization good for custom artistry?

I guess it kind of relates to woodworking with the new options for rapid prototyping and 3-D design. But I have to agree it's probably only here because of Custom Made's new access to Fine Woodworking through advertising, etc. They are basically everywhere on the FWW site now and it's getting hard to tell what is FWW content and what is Custom Made content.

Re: Win a 10-in. jointer-planer from Austria

For those of you blaming FWW for the Facebook decision, read again because Hammer is the one making that requirement. FWW is just the messenger; don't shoot the messenger. I despise Facebook as much as anyone though and will not be giving my information away either. Pretty sad way for Hammer to give something away.

Re: Seeking more sustainable practices? Follow furnituremaker John Wiggers

I have to agree with Charles, the title doesn't fit the article. I have a hard time imagining Macassar Ebony as a sustainable material unless just using it as veneer is considered a sustainable practice which is reasonable. Otherwise the article is a description of the design of a particular piece of furniture, not really sustainability. Interesting though.

Re: Vote for the best woodworker under 30

I feel for the last couple hundred entries as they may never get seen. Strange way to showcase almost 600 images, in little blocks of 10 with no gallery page to see more at one time or move to a different part of the image list. I only made it through about 10 clicks or only the first hundred images. These craftsmen deserve a better system to allow people to view their work quickly and effectively.

Re: A Lean, Mean Sanding Machine: Festool's New Combination ROS/Detail Sander

I own 6 Festool products and with one exception they are fantastic and far better than anything the competition sells. No way is one RO the same as another RO, I wish I had bought my Rotex years early. Yes, they cost a lot; no all of their tools aren't worth buying but the ones that are are worth every penny. The one exception is the Rotex sander, I wish I had bought just the regular RO sander rather than the Rotex, it's just to big for me and and RO I have used is much smoother in operation.

Not sure what registration problems you could have with the Domino, make a line and plunge, not very hard and not hard to add your own lines to the base or fence if you need more. Been using mine for years and never had an issue lining things up.

On the other hand why do you need a corner sander like this new one, I don't get it. How much sanding into corners can you really do, I don't think I have ever had a need for this tool. A mini RO doesn't seem overly useful either especially with the Rotex aggressive mode. Sounds like a disaster waiting to happen.

Re: Going to a professional finisher

I will occasionally do an oil job if it fits my schedule but that's pretty much the extent of my finishing work nowadays. Not much notice is needed to drop off a piece but lead times can vary quite a bit depending upon how busy my finisher happens to be. Certain finishes also take longer, a full fill finish or a polished finish could be 3-4 weeks, part of which is waiting for the fill coats to shrink back. Sometimes lacquer jobs can be ready the same week, just depends and whether delivery time is important, if so they'll work with me.

Re: Going to a professional finisher

I use a pro for all my finishing and have for years. Fantastic quality, no rubbing out, no brush marks, etc. The choices are limited when it comes to finish though. Typically mine only sprays conversion varnish and lacquer, no oil finishes or french polish as they are too labor intensive. The cost is high but the quality is the tradeoff and it's the best thing I have done for my business since deciding to get profession pictures of everything. But then again I do this for a living and not as a hobby, the cost might be seen as quite high for a hobbyist. I found mine through a referral from another business that had been using them for years. They have finished everything from built-ins to small pieces of furniture.

The best way to find out what the finisher wants in terms of surface prep etc would be to ask them, schedule a visit and talk about the project you have and they should be willing to go over what they can do and what is expected when the piece is dropped off. They should also have a bunch of finish samples for you to look through to select sheen and fill, these are also a good way to check the finishers quality, if the samples don't look very good start looking for another finisher.


Re: Tablesaw Safety Goes Under the Microscope--Again

Hydroguy, you can bet your a** that Gass has long term plans in place to add his specific safety features to anything with a blade if he hasn't already done significant design work on those ideas. I love how his proposal to the CPSC exactly describes his system. Can't just be happy with having your own company selling your product, need to cram it down everyones throat whether they want it or not.

Re: Limba Cabinet

Very cool cabinet, I could picture a larger version of this design with a flat screen TV fitted to the interior. Your other pieces look quite nice as well. I would guess you are a CR grad based on the quality and style of your work.

Re: Does MDF Belong in Fine Furniture?

It would be interesting to hear what some of the professional contributing editors thought about this topic. I would guess that anyone working with todays commercial veneer uses MDF almost exclusively as a substrate. They may not like or enjoy the process but it is a necessary evil for ultra thin veneer.

Does Michael Fortune use MDF for veneer work, I bet he does. Is his furniture not 'fine woodworking'? It's better than anything I can build. Like everything MDF needs to be used properly and in the right context; I've seen some real junk made out of Mahogany as well.

Re: Build Your Own Shoulder Plane: Does this Kit Pass the Test?

Good point about factoring in all the costs for doing it yourself. The guy that thinks he can make those four little parts from some exotic wood quick and cheap is probably also the one selling his projects for material cost only thereby undercutting the people that price things correctly. Looks like a great plane but I'll spend the extra and buy the finished version, time is money to me.

Re: The Lowdown on CustomMade

I'm either to old or to young to know what 'the rain-man cometh' means. Good or bad?

Re: How to test furniture for a shellac finish

I have to ask (and no offence meant) whether you will be teaching more than how to finish a flat panel with no moldings, corners, insides, etc.? While flat samples are a great way to practice they don't really give any insight into the techniques required to finish an actual project (i.e. one that isn't a flat board). Just curious.

Re: Watch the preview of Tommy Mac's new woodworking show

I don't get why people feel the need to compare Tommy to Norm, what's the point, they are different people teaching in different environments at different times in the world of woodworking. Yes, Norm did a great job promoting woodworking to the general public but his show is over, when will we be able to move on and not compare everything that comes next to Norm?

That said, Tommys skills are good but no better than many self taught professional woodworkers or any other graduate of either North Bennett Street, College of the Redwoods, etc. It's just woodworking folks and not brain surgery lets not make him out to be some super hero.

Re: Q&A with Woodworking Experts

Video looks great but I sure wish I could hear what they are saying. Is there no better way to pull sound from this kind of production?

Re: Help name Tommy MacDonald's new woodworking show

That's one annoying survey.

Which one do you like best?
Are you sure you like that one best?
Does that mean you don't like the other ones?
How much don't you like the other ones?
Which one did you like best again?

I got bored after the four or fifth question and just left, very poor survey design, I hope it's not indicative of the quality of the show.

Re: Three New Projects

You do have two hands on that chainsaw in the cutting picture, right? It just looks like you might lose an arm if it kicked back.

Re: Fire Claims an Artist's Shop

At first I was surprised to read some of the comments below but then I read the resume page on Jons website. With numerous Fellowship Grants I would tend to think there would be enough cash to have adequate and proper insurance for just this type of unfortunate event. As a struggling maker myself I somehow come up with enough money every month to pay my insurance bills and I do it without grants, museum purchases and dozens of gallery showings to my name. I feel for his loss but agree that soliciting donations seems a bit lacking in tack for someone so well established as an artist.

Re: Blue Ulysses Sideboard

Really like the flowers and butterflies. I have done a bit of marquetry but this is at a totally different level than what I can do, beautiful. What is the reconstituted stone like to work with and where do you get it?

Re: Tool Chest Contest Winner is Selected

I think it's beautiful. I have a picture of H.O.Studleys tool chest and for some reason they called it a tool chest even though it seems to hang on a wall. It also has unneeded decoration and exotic materials and probably took way to long to build. But it is beautiful nonetheless. As is his workbench which also has all the same unnecessary additives but I would be happy to have one or both in my shop. Bob

Re: Can Fine Woodworking and art furniture coexist?

Wow, I couldn't disagree more with Tom on this one. No woodworker is forced to read FWW just like no art furniture person is forced to read American Craft; which is the premier magazine for people like Tom to feature his work. I am not an art furniture fan by any means so I don't read American Craft anymore and therefore am not influenced by it. The same should go for an art furniture maker, if you don't like what FWW presents, don't read it. Save the complaining for something worthwhile. Perhaps I should complain that American Craft rarely features functional work but instead focuses on non functional art oriented work that is disguised as furniture; craft that wants to be art. Perhaps they should change the magazine title to American Art rather than American Craft. FWW probably doesn't feature art furniture because the market for it is so small it is not worth catering to. Like Asa said, FWW is a business, not a non profit tasked with providing a clear unbiased view of every corner of the woodworking world. Maybe Tom should put his money where his mouth is and make his own art furniture magazine to cater to that market and see how long it stays in business.

Re: The gloved woodworker

I just heard of a guy that lost one of his fingers to a jointer when his glove got pulled into the cutter, he was lucky to not lose more. I wear gloves in the shop all the time but take them off whenever I am using larger power tools. They are great for moving rough stuff and even better for sanding to keep from wearing down your hands but probably not so much for power tool use.

Re: Studio Furniture of the Renwick Gallery

It seems the same makers are featured in every one of these 'Studio Furniture' books that comes from any museum. Not that I don't appreciate their work but it was good 20 years ago and some of the work featured is actually from 20 years ago. Isn't there anyone else that is worthy of this kind of showcasing, maybe someone that hasn't been around for quite so long? How about a book on the generation of makers that came after all these big names? I love to see quality work by any maker but how about something new from someone new. Hasn't Wendell Castle trained a couple makers, where is their work? To me it is just the same stuff in the same type of book from 20 years ago.

Re: Sofia Table

Really like your work, any chance you could post pictures that show the entire piece for this and your other work also?

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