Moorestown, NJ, US

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Re: UPDATE: Fine Woodworking's Tables and Chairs

If that's Michael Fortune on the cover, it has to be great!

Re: STL 57: Tablesaw Accident Update

When I was a freshly minted Lieutenant Junior Grade, I was briefly assigned to the engine room of of the USS America (CV66) which made Dante's Inferno seem like a pleasant working environment. The only difference that I could discern was that Dante's Inferno probably had a lot less grease and oil,

I must have appeared to be absolutely scared out of my mind. As I was getting adjusted to the balmy 120 degree working environment, as well as the deafening noise that is created by the machinery that is necessary to propel an aircraft carrier, I became aware of the tremendous number of unguarded spinning shafts and cogs the size of my car, which could crush a Saw Stop without missing a beat which I was required to get much closer to than I really wanted too. Fortunately for me a wise Chief perceived my distress and concern about being sucked into the machinery and being spit out in a liquefied form and said "Sir, you'll be fine if you just remember the one safety rule that I tell everyone when they come down here...don't put your fingers anywhere you wouldn't put your you know what..."

All though its been 30 years since that Chief gave me those words of wisdom, I'm constantly grateful that he did as they have probably saved my fingers and thumbs countless times from doing something dangerous in the shop, on my boat or around the house. I hope that someone takes this wise Chief's advice and that it gives them a new frame of reference that allows them to work in a safer manner. I only wish that I could remember the Chief's name so that I could thank him ,

W, Robb Graham

Re: STL 56: James Krenov's Legacy Lives On

Itunes doesn't seem to what to let me p0st my review so I will do it here:
Remedial Woodworker
I’m a long time subscriber to FWW magazine and love the online edition. While I’m the first to admit that my woodworking needs all of the help that it can get, I was a late adopter of the podcast, because I thought what am I possibly going to get out of an audio only format when it comes to woodworking? For me the answer has been the realization that even professional woodworker have projects that don’t go quite right. Each podcast contains amazingly honest insights from FWW’s knowledgeable staff members Mike Pekovich, Asa Christiana and Matt Kenney in which they admit the to the challenges that they’ve encountered. As ironic as it sounds, it’s good to hear that woodworking legends like Mike Pekovich, Asa Christiana and Matt Kenney have projects that don’t always quiet go together as easily they may appear to in the pages of FWW. It’s the type of honesty that I would hope to get if I had three friends who were really skilled wood workers and they dropped by to shoot the breeze and Ed happened to tag along for the ride.

I look forward to each new edition to give me the impetus to get going with whatever I need to do in the shop. It is time for the powers that be at the Taunton Press, to make use the abundant free time that Ed must have, now that they have reigned in his use of sound effects and have freed up all the time that he must have spent collecting them, to make Shop Talk Live go weekly!

Re: STL 56: James Krenov's Legacy Lives On


Re: STL 55: Mike's Tool Chest Disaster

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.

Re: STL 53: Bitchin' Block Rabbet Planes

Great discussion on reclaimed materials but I was disappointed that there were no tool bombs!

Re: STL 52: A Hit Man in the Workshop

To quote from FWW #172 "There is a well-kept secret in fine
cabinetmaking. Most new planes should be treated as a kit of parts, not as a tool ready for fine work."

The one thing that you didn't address in your analysis about whether someone should trade in their collection of Stanley planes with Hock blades for Lie Nielsen planes is the fact that the owner had upgraded the planes with Hock blades. While Lie Nielsen planes are great out of the box, and a joy to use, they are not likely to be light years ahead of a properly tuned Stanley, that has had an upgraded Hock or Lie Nielsen blade installed, particularly if the chip breaker has been replaced as well, IMHO. If the inquirer has really tuned up his planes, and upgraded the blades, I would suggest starting out with a Lie Nielsen 4 or a 4 1/2 before he sells off of his entire his collection.

Re: Shop Talk Live 34: Bandsaw Master Michael Fortune

I have recently come across the podcasts and listened to most of them over the last month. I think that that the down to earth honesty that you bring to the problems inherent in the craft of woodworking is a welcome relief from the rigid dogma that seems to be preached from many other sources and is likely to do more to get people actually making something than anything else could.

Your progression technologically from the first show to the present has certainly been an improvement. If I had started at the first episode I'm not sure that I would have made it this far, if I didn't know that the sound equipment was going to have an upgrade. It sort of reminds me when I discovered that you could by a table saw blade that wasn't a "Craftsman" brand. It was amazing how better I became after a Woodworkers Warehouse opened up and I bought my first Freud carbide tipped saw blade.

The podcast interview with Michael Fortune was awesome. It was really great to hear about the interesting turns that his life has taken and the philosophy that he brings to his work. I've enjoyed every article that he has contributed since he has joined the FW staff. I've always felt like I've learned something even if I have no intention of doing what he is demonstrating.For example, I really doubt if steam bending is on the horizon for me, but I read his article on it several times. Just grasping the concept about how it is important to compress the fibers at interior of the radius as opposed to stretch the fibers at the exterior of the radius, made it worthwhile for me.

Until, I listened to the podcast I always thought that Michael Fortune was like the scary shop teacher whose aura is keeping people out of woodworking. Maybe it is the editorial style where the article constantly says "Fortune does this...." and "Fortune does that..." like Moses coming down the mountain with the commandments, or maybe its the photographs that accompany the articles, where he always has an incredibly stern look on his face. I realize that the photographer is concentrating on getting the technique in the photograph, but if your going to put the guy in the picture consider the expression on his face. When I see the sheer intensity on Michael Fortune's face, in the photos, I think that there is no way that I can do that, and if I ever saw him Id probably cross the street to avoid him, but know that I've heard him, he sounds like a warm wonderful person, so I hope that you do a few more interviews like this with other contributors.

Maybe I feel differently about Allan Turner and Mario Rodriguez because I've met them and taken some remedial classes from them at the Philadelphia Furniture Workshop. Having met them I know that they are not rigid and and I know that even though they teach together they will differ on somethings.I would think that either one of them would make a good guest on your podcast as they both have a lot of experience educating woodworkers.

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