STL 164: Sometimes you can blame the tools
Mike, Matt, and Ben discuss jointer setup, bad bandsaw blades, plywood workbenches, and Japanese chisels and their all-time favorite techniques
More often than not, my edge jointing has been resulting in too much material being removed from the last few inches of the board. The void is enough to slip a playing card underneath. When I try another pass, I end up with a very pronounced gap, much further along the edge. I have tried altering my technique, referencing off the infeed and outfeed table, changing my grip and flipping the board end-to-end. Nothing seems to work. This doesn’t happen every time, and the jointer in my shared shop was recently tuned up by a pro furniture maker, so my guess is operator error. What am I doing wrong? – Jon
I just purchased a new bandsaw blade. When I installed it, I couldn’t get a twist out of the blade no matter how much tension I added or how I adjusted the bearings. Is this an issue of setup, the bandsaw or the blade? -Andrew
- If you’re interested in more bandsaw knowledge direct from the master, check out Rollie’s book: Taunton’s Complete Illustrated Guide To Bandsaws
All-Time Favorite Technique of All Time… for this week
Mike – Using a cabinet makers triangle to keep everything straight
Matt – Gluing fabric to the bottom of a box before the bottom is glued into the rabbet
- To learn more about Matt’s box-making techniques, check out his book 52 Boxes in 52 Weeks
Ben – Simple Dovetailing Box-Vise featured in issue #268
- Workbench Tips and Tricks – #268–May/June 2018 Issue
- Video: Two DIY Woodworking Vises by Ben Strano #268–May/June 2018 Issue
- New-Fangled Workbench, Revisited by John White #190–Mar/April 2007 Issue
I’m thinking of building a bench top with 3/4-in. plywood, on edge. I would need 3 full sheets to make a top 4-in. thick, 24-in. deep, and 6-ft long. The thought is, that gluing up 3/4-in. strips will provide for a more stable top. Is this a horrible idea? Do you think it would hold-up well? I have all the necessary tools and skills to mill boards, but I’m kind of enjoying the idea of this top and the looks of it, as well. – Steven
I recently purchased a set of Japanese chisels. Can you discuss the pros and cons about sharpening Japanese chisels on the Tormek? There seems to be opposing opinions online and I don’t want to harm these superbly crafted tools. – Layne
In reference to STL 161: The Lightning Round
This session was great, better than normal. I enjoyed a wider range of topics versus a “typical” STL podcast. I recommend you continue loading more questions in an individual session. Surely the types of questions will influence the time taken for them. I am following the video cast. I find it odd that you guys do not talk to the camera, therefore not to me. Why that is? -user-6581589
From Seb R: I love to take my coffee on Saturday mornings with STL. Thanks for this piece of fun!
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- Ben – Evaporust
- Matt – Taklon
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