STL 133: On bandsaw blades and waterstones
Which bandsaw blades do you really need? Waterstones: to soak or not to soak. Plus all time favorite techniques and tools (hint: Matt has discovered tape, but it’s not blue!).
2:12 – Question 1:
I have a drum sander, and was planning on using it to make bent laminations. What grit I should sand for an ideal glue joint. Is it better to leave the surface with a bit of a scratch pattern so the glue has something to grip, or do I sand as smooth as I can so the gap is as minuscule as possible? I understand that the differences I’m debating here are microscopic, but I was curious what you all thought. – Corey
Rollie Johnson – Essential Bandsaw Blades
8:32 – Question 2:
I have a complete set Norton combination waterstones. Would you recommend storing these submerged in water of shall I soak for 30 minutes prior to use and then dry for storage. Also, do I need to use the Norton flattening stone or should I use 220 wet/dry sandpaper on glass or granite? – Mike
12:33 – All Time Favorite Tools of All Time… for this week:
Mike – Box joint blades and a tenoning jig
Matt – Veritas Sliding Square
Tom – Shop-made bench horse
23:51 – Question 3:
I recently purchased some Japanese chisels. I, also, recently purchased a Tormek T-8 sharpening system. I find myself reluctant to use the Tormek system to sharpen the Japanese chisels. Am I needlessly concerned? – Gordon
27:56 – Question 4:
I recently ordered a Laguna 14BX band saw for my shop. I need some help on the blades. What are your blade recommendations to fully utilize this saw? Keep up great work guys, and do an event out west in the future. -Greg
Michael Fortune – How to Cut Curves on the Bandsaw
33:42 – All Time Favorite Techniques of All Time… for this week
Matt – Handcut Dovetails
Mike – Drawbored joinery
Tom – Wipe-on finish
45:22 – Question 5:
I have started down the Lie Nielsen rabbit hole and I blame the four of you. However, I have a question about a #4 smoother. If you were buying your first one would it have a standard angle frog or would you opt for a higher angle? – Chris
48:40 – Question 6:
A while back Matt picked up a Hitachi Super Surfacer that needed some tuning. I have seen them in a Japanese woodworking video and they look pretty cool. Have you used yours? I saw a floor standing Hitachi PF 100F auto return super surfacer and was wondering if it was worth picking up.
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Thanks so much for adding the questions and times in the podcast to this webpage. I can't tell you how many times I've wanted to try to find certain topics/suggestions I've heard about on the podcast. This now makes it possible. Awesome.
The blue tape joke has really ran it's course, no longer funny
Hi guys. Really enjoy the show and look forward to each episode. I did have a "Say what?" reaction to Matt's reply regarding the drum sander and bent laminations. I think much of the correct answer depends on the type of glue you are using, but only so far. If you're using epoxy, which is gap filling, then you might could get away with glueing up straight off the sander. If you're using PVA glues, which are not gap filling, then surface prep should be similar or identical to glueing up an edge. After all, why go to the trouble of hitting an edge with a plane when it comes off the jointer? Yes, a jointer can give a good glue surface, but a sharp plane is better. For bent lams, I use a cheater board in my planer followed by a card scraper.
I was always taught, "Measure twice. Cut one."
Does this improve accuracy? Perhaps. Does this practice eliminate mistakes? You still must use care. Call it superstition if you like, bit it works for me.
I've never done it on the band saw, though.
What is a Surfracer (seen at 49:01 in the background) ?
Ya got me!
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