STL 140: The one with epic smooth moves
With Ben filling in for Tom, and Anissa Kapsales filling in for Matt, the group confesses smooth moves, discusses mortising options, intermediate projects, router tables, flattening cupped boards, and woodworking revelations. Plus, Mike is accused of being a bit cheeky with this all-time favorite technique.
02:30 – Question 1:
I have built several pieces of furniture using multiple methods to cut mortise and tenon joints. Every method has worked to some degree, but I am wondering if I just need to breakdown and spend the money to purchase a hollow chisel mortiser or a domino in order to be more efficient and consistent. What are your thoughts on these two tools and do you see an overall best choice?
07:43 – Question 2:
I have two 9-ft hoop pine slabs from an old table I deconstructed. Each slab is 18 inches wide, but only just over ¾ of an inch think. I plan to reuse these slabs on a shorter table top.
The problem is these slabs have cupped and being so thin already I cannot just plane the boards flat. There is some flex in the boards that I can use to pull them flat during construction, but I am not sure how reliable this is as a long term solution. I intend to form somewhat of torsion box underneath the top with aprons and rails on a trestle design
12:42 – All Time Favorite Technique of All Time… for this week:
Mike – The cabinetmaker’s triangle
Anissa – Using a business card to offset a cut on the tablesaw
Ben – Using a scrap of wood to create an angled bed for a handplane.
25:30 – Question 3:
I have been building some small boxes, and some small case pieces for practice, as well as the odd bit of plywood workshop furniture. I tend toward more traditional joinery, but not exclusively.
How would you recommend selecting potential projects in order to give a good grounding in the fundamentals, and to allow me to avoid biting off too much more than I can currently chew?
31:20 – Question 4:
I recently upgraded my tablesaw and I’ve been looking at putting one of my routers in one of the wings of the saw.
1) Do you prefer your router to be in a wing of the table saw, or in a standalone router table?
2) If you were putting your router in a table saw wing, would you prefer it to be on the left or right side of the saw? Typically the fence rails are longer on the right side, allowing for a larger router table. But, the left side would allow me to feed long pieces in the same direction and use the same outfeed table as the saw.
37:40 – Smooth Moves:
47:45 – Question 5:
I recently got a high-angle iron for my low-angle smoother and now I feel silly for having waited so long. It made me wonder if you had experienced similar revelations. Be it for initial cost or convenience, what simple items or techniques that you avoided have made your craft more enjoyable and productive?
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