STL184: Is it time to stockpile ash?
Mike, Barry, and Ben lament the impending demise of their favorite tree, what specifics they look for in sketchbooks, using a hollow-chisel mortiser as a drillpress, and their favorite woodworking books
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I live in Ohio where the Emerald Ash Borer is ravaging every ash tree around. With all these ash trees coming down and the infestation of the Ash Borer, are we looking at a future shortage of ash trees? Should we, as woodworkers, stock up on quality ash boards while we can get them and while they’re fairly inexpensive?
I’ve started looking for a better sketchbook and am overwhelmed by the choices. I’ve heard Mike talk about the books he uses, but I’ve never heard him mention the brand or “model” he favors. On STL 155 he mentioned 60-80 lb paper, spiral bound, unruled, 6×9 size. Frankly, that limits it to about half a zillion options and it’s very hard to judge quality even touching the book at the local art supply place. So please spill, Mike!
Segment: All-Time Favorite Tool
- Mike: Japanese saw with the handle trimmed off
- Barry: His new benchtop mortiser
- Ben: Dovetail marker made by Christian Becksvoort
I’m wondering if any of you have used a hollow chisel mortiser as a drill press? Is this a viable way to get around buying a drill press?
What books inspire you to get out to your shop and build something? Any favorite books on the history of woodworking and maybe different trends through the ages? Or books specific to a style of working, like Shaker or arts & crafts, etc.?
And from Larry:
I would love to see a Live Talk episode on “go to books” reference books for novice woodworkers.
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