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Re: Shop Talk Live 40: From Compass Planes to Corrugated Planes

Asa might be on to something about the corrugations on Stanley planes...

Lots of "features" are born from the pursuit of manufacturing efficiency. For example, the cup hinge...

Re: Der Zinkenknecht, a Dovetail Jig

Are you the guy who decided where to put the oil filter on my previous car?

Re: Add an Inlaid Signature to Your Work

The Stewart McDonald router base for Dremel is a much better base.

Re: Reserve your spot at FWW Live 2013

NICE! It's great to see such an event right here in Connecticut.

Folks thinking of attending may want to note that New Haven does have limited airline service from US Air. Bradley / Hartford will probably be better, but it's worth a look.

Calendar marked!

Re: Shop Talk Live 26: Workbench Glue-Up Conundrum

Nice job, as usual!

A few points, all related directly to the audio podcast...

A source of top quality workbench tops that didn't get mentioned might be your local wood dealer. My dealer, in Enfield CT, offers slab gluing and surfacing as a service. The purchaser can personally choose the lumber and specify the orientation, and the dealer will glue it up and dimension it to spec. I'd bet if the purchaser asked, they could even be present to choose the layout sequence of the individual boards.

I built an 8 foot split top bench a few years back, and after wrestling alone with my 3 1/2" thick, 12 1/2" wide ash slabs, would definitely consider this service if doing it over. The resulting product would be far better for hand tools and holdfasts than the urethane coated commercially sold examples. My dealer uses a double sided spiral head machine that will provide a flat slab, with pretty decent surfaces on both faces, possibly usable as-is, but definitely ready for 120 grit sandpaper or a smooth plane.

Sound effects and side topics... I like the way you guys can go back and forth between serious information and a few giggles. As a podcast is not limited by strict radio formats, I enjoy a bit of free-form discussion. The various combinations of people you've rotated through since Episode 1 have worked quite well.

Let's face it... Non-woodworkers aren't going to get our jokes, so who else can we kid with on woodworking subjects? I agree that stopping well short of "Morning Zoo" or "Weenie and the Butt" is a good idea, but you don't have to act like a British or PBS newscast, either.

To the folks waiting for an audio podcast to load... One of the whole points to the podcast format is portability, if you're sitting at a computer listening, I suggest a cheap iPod, and setting up iTunes to download the episodes automatically and unattended. Even if you don't get an iPod, once an episode is loaded into iTunes, you can simply hit "play" and enjoy immediate satisfaction.

Older iPod models can often be had for as little as $20 in pawn shops, and work just fine with podcasts. iTunes is a free download, and the device charges right from the computer's USB connection. I do this, and each morning have fresh content to enjoy as I travel, exercise, or work.. Episode 26 entertained me nicely on a flight from Belfast to Newark, NJ.

The computer that runs iTunes for me is a cheap, ultra-basic, underpowered, Netbook, Don't like headphones? The player can be plugged into any stereo or boombox, and many car stereos. Even my DeWalt charger / radio boom box has an auxiliary input suitable for an iPod.

Re: It's impossible to cheat at woodworking

I think whatever helps create the envisioned item is fair game.

Depending on viewpoint, is a sharp blade cheating, if rocks were used thousands of years ago? Is using a straight edge cheating, if some folks can draw a very straight line? Is anything beyond a whittling knife cheating?

Hopefully, the guy was joking...

If not, hopefully, as he travels a path to better understanding of the craft, he'll gain enough experience to understand.

Re: Shop Talk Live 14: Who Needs Half-Blind Dovetails?


Congratulations on another fine edition of the podcast. I enjoyed the ca-ching! sound effect. Two points on the subjects discussed:

Mike's Five Minute Jig is a home run suggestion, often overlooked in the craft press and online forums. Added to the screws and scrap in my mental "kit" are builders shims, double sided tape, instant glue, and business cards. I agree about carefully developing and building a jig for a school or production environment, but developing the personal thought process to quickly whip up an appliance is well worth the effort. If the jig gets used often, a pretty, functionally improved version usually isn't difficult to built.

Something I didn't hear in the discussion of classes was the experience of working alongside others in a community shop. I find getting out and actually _working_ with other folks who are as excited and interested in the craft as I am a treat. A class is far different than chatting online, reading, watching video, or watching a live demo at a show. Even after working wood for years, I find hands-on classes to be a valuable opportunity to reinforce the skills that work well for us and refine the rest. I don't think we can ever know it all...

Thanks again!

Re: UPDATE: Google SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers - The Basics with Dave Richards

I'm always looking for more information on using Sketchup.

Hope I win!

Re: Video Sneak-Peek of New Groundbreaking Video Workshop Series


Loved the hand planed top!

Re: Stephen Colbert Takes the Sizzle Out of SawStop

Well... I thought it was funny!

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