STL216: Accessorizing your new tablesaw
Mike, Anissa, and Ben discuss tablesaw accessories, shop rituals, testing sharpness, knockdown fasteners, and tall people.
I’ve always been a creature of habit and routine. Some have routines to start their day, warm up at the gym, or to prepare for bed. Am I weird for having a warm up routine in the shop? I’ll usually start with a small clean and organization of anything that’s out of place, then maybe read an article or watch a youtube video about woodworking or tools, then I’ll sometimes even make a few cuts on scrap using either hand or power tools then being work on the task of the day. Am I crazy or do you find some validity in this practice? Does anyone there have a shop warm up?
Share your shop routines below in the comments!
I’ve managed to get by without a table saw for a number of years, but now, I am considering one. I was wondering what additional equipment I need to budget for that you would consider essential. Eg. Outfeed table, miter gauge, crosscut sled, dado stack, blades, zero clearance inserts, push pads, feather boards, etc. It seems there are endless accessories that one could buy. Which are your favorites?
by Kelly Dunton
Segment: All-Time Favorite Tool
Mike – Delta tenoning jig
Ben – Richeson 899 Palette knife with sandpaper stuck to it
Anissa – Cork backed ruler
From (a different) Matt:
What is your preferred method of testing edge sharpness? Summer is coming and I don’t want to walk around with shaven arms.
Is there a jig to make the Ikea style joint for furniture you want to assemble and disassemble? Is there another type of joint that you would recommend for this application of furniture you want to be sturdy but also be able to take apart to move, either for shipping or for ease of transport?
I love the podcast, and I’ve listened to every episode. Ben, has anyone told you that you sound just like Chef David Chang? I listen to his podcast too and the similarities are crazy. >
From (a different) Jeff:
My entire family is tall. I’m 6’7, my wife is 6’3 and my adult daughter is 6’6. I expect an answer or we’re going to come and pay you a visit… just kidding. What thoughts do you have with respect to modifying proportions that basically put furniture such as dressers, chests (pieces that typically have drawers near the floor ) at a more practical height. I’m looking for ideas of how to eliminate the low drawers without the piece looking like Frankenstein. I’m looking to start working on furniture for my daughters place, likely leaning toward Mike Pecovich’s aesthetic.
Pleasing proportions borrowed from nature
Ben: twoodfd on YouTube
Anissa: Win the Wilderness on Netflix
Jeff: Alone in the Wilderness
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