STL191: A Jointer Worth Traveling ForMike, Bob, and Ben discuss their tool choices when tackling dadoes, concerns when swapping out plywood for solid wood, their all-time favorite techniques, and one listener’s long-distance relationship with a 16-in. jointer
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I bought a new house in 2017 and instead of moving a lot of tools, I sold most of them and started over with new ones. There are 2 things I haven’t yet invested in – a router table and a dado stack. I’m primarily a hand tool guy, but I like to use power tools for dados/grooves and rabbets. Currently I am using my tablesaw with a FTG blade to nibble away at them, but I’ve reached my breaking point and want something a bit faster. I’ve used both a dado stack and a router table in the past. Both have some pluses and minuses for me; set up time being a major minus, but equally annoying for each.
I’m also open to other alternatives that don’t include joinery planes. Been there, bought the planes, sold the planes. I’m a lefty, and using planes right handed isn’t fun for me.
- Tablesaw Blades for Joinery – Cut joinery faster and cleaner with a set of four blades
By Bob Van Dyke #253–Mar/Apr 2016 Issue
I have a question regarding a long distance relationship with a beautiful jointer. I am member of a “local” woodworking guild which has nice shop that is outfitted with a 16″ jointer, a few nice planers. Unfortunately, I live a little over 2 hours away and at my home shop I currently only have a DW735 planer and no jointer. I would like to use all this nice equipment to do everything required to get straight, flat and square stock to take home and finish my projects. My concern is that by the time I throw it in the back of the truck and drive 2 hours home I would defeat the purpose. Does wood move that quickly when you’re driving 80… ahem.. 70 mph? Can I get home and put in my climate controlled basement shop before I’ve warped everything out of flat/square? How would weather effect this (i.e. cold dry winter/hot humid summer weather?).
- The Basics of Milling Lumber – Key machines and smart strategy for making boards foursquare
By Bob Van Dyke #276-July/August 2019 Issue
Segment: All-Time Favorite Technique
Mike: Peter Galbert using a heat gun to straighten out riven stock
Bob: Flush cutting on the tablesaw
- Video: Versatile Tablesaw L-Fence- Build a simple tablesaw fence accessory that handles a wide variety of joinery cuts
By Bob Van Dyke
- The Incredible L-Fence – Take your tablesaw to another level with this simple shopmade fence
By Bob Van Dyke #237–Tools & Shops 2014 Issue
Ben: Drawing an extra line when sawing on the left side of your layout line
I am planning to build a sewing table for my wife. The plans call for using cherry plywood for several major panels of the case. While the stability of plywood is certainly an advantage, it is expensive and I like the idea of using glued up panels made from 4/4 stock. What would you do and why?
Ben – Sharpen your marking gauge, because you know it’s dull
Mike – Get a Soda Stream
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Bob mentioned the awkwardness of cutting pins when board vertical. I now use a Moxon vise for dovetailing. The boards are raised enough so I can stand instead of sit. If sitting, the raised height makes cutting pins much less awkward.
Thank you for this excellent episode. The tip on the L-fence has been nothing short of life changing.
Not exactly woodworking related but, since it was mentioned during the show, I have a tip on home carbonation that I wrote about in a blog post a few years ago: https://www.rootsimple.com/2014/02/how-to-force-carbonate-at-home/. Basically it's a way to put together your own carbonation system and save some $ on C02 canisters. It's easy to do. Consider it a sort of C02 jig?
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