STL228: The best gifts to make as a woodworker
Asa Christiana joins Mike and Ben to discuss the best gifts for woodworkers to make, European wood species, and properly clamping mortise and tenon joints.
What project/furniture would you suggest making as a wedding present for a non-immediate family member, like a niece or nephew? I have three weddings (two nieces and a nephew) next year. In addition to what we typically give, I thought I would put to good use the wood working tools and skills to make something. No cutting boards suggestions.
I live in the US, but am in Europe and have a chance to buy some good European woods for “local” prices. I know Mike is very fond of his English Brown Oak!
If you could stock up on European woods at “local” prices, what would be on your list and why?
Also, I’m considering building Ed’s “Not so Big Workbench”. Ed had recommended Hard Maple for the top, but I see most of the pre-made European benches you can purchase are made using European Beech. If both the hard maple and Beech were the same price, which would you choose and why?
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My first question is about clamping mechanical joints such as a mortise and tenon. Common practice is to use clamps to pull the joint together, but this is not putting pressure on the face grain to face grain mating surfaces. We’re instead just relying on the quality of the joint to get a strong bond. Once the joint is pulled together, why wouldn’t you use another clamp to squeeze the faces together, as if it were a bridle joint? I expect there’s enough flex in most mortise sides for this to work.
Next, why the disdain for using pegboards to hold tools? I love a beautiful tool chest as much as the next person, but right now I’d rather be making things that actually make it out of the shop. Pegboards are cheap, flexible, and provide easy access to all my tools. What am I missing?
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