STL208: FWW visits The Woodsmith Shop!
Ben heads out to Iowa and records a show with the hosts of The Woodsmith Shop TV show
I’m preparing to make a dining table for my family. We have little kids, so it’s going to get a lot of heavy use. I want something that is beautiful yet durable. In the past, I’ve used shellac and varnish over walnut but I don’t think that will be durable enough here. I’m leaning toward something like white oak but don’t know what kind of finish to use. Embrace the patina with something like oil, maybe a beeswax, I’ve even heard of a soap finish? What can I use that will age well, be beautiful, and not need constant stripping and repairing?
I just finished my first real project that I designed primarily to practice joinery. I have very few hours in the shop under my belt, and most of that time has been invested in learning to sharpen. Could you recommend a relatively small project that would force me to learn a few new techniques but not totally overwhelm me. I have some experience with dovetails and mortise and tenons. I own a tablesaw, bandsaw, drill press, 6” jointer, and 12” planner and I am starting to build my hand tool collection.
Segment: All-Time Favorite Technique
Logan – Spraying paint
Phil – Cutting loose tenon joinery with a router and guide bushings
Chris – Carving
Ben – Highlighting a knife line in dark woods with chalk
I have a question about bandsaws. Do you ever detension your bandsaws? Honestly? What’s the reason, Do I really need to detension the saw?
What is the best way to center stock on a router table? Recently I’ve been making cabinet doors and have been using a router table to make the grooves in the styles and rails. I’ve been taking scrap stock milled to the same dimensions as my working pieces, marking the centerline, eyeballing the stock to the center of the bit, then I make test cuts to find the true center before I route the final pieces. This is tedious and time consuming. Do you have any suggestions to speed up the process without losing accuracy?
Here is an excerpt from Bob Van Dyke’s Router Table Fundamentals video workshop where he demonstrates how he perfectly centers a groove on the router table:
by Michael Cullen
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