STL230: Bending wood with your bare hands
Mike, Anissa, and Ben discuss what helped them make the leap from beginner woodworkers and what they wish they had done differently when setting up their shops.
Good morning, Ben “The Uke” Strano, The Boss, and Anissa “Smooth Move” Kapsales,
Regarding the question from the gentlemen stuck in a hotel for 6 months, I’m surprised there wasn’t one obvious answer given. If I had 6 months stuck in a hotel room, I would probably delve into the Fine Woodworking Unlimited membership and soak in every single video and article that I could dream of. It’s quiet, hones the craft, and I could hear other people’s voices if it got too quiet.
For a discussion question for the group, I always appreciate the “Smooth Move” segment, because it makes us beginners feel better about our mistakes. In your early years, what leveled you up from beginner to intermediate in confidence level and or ability?
I’ve been wanting to experiment with bending wood for a while now. I’ve noticed that there seems to be two main approaches to doing this: steam bending and hot pipe bending. I can’t seem to find much information that compares the two methods, though. Are there scenarios where one method is better suited? Any pros and cons to one way over the other?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this before I go off buying and building things.
Yes we really mentioned all of these articles:
Steve Latta’s organic inlay
Segment: All-Time Favorite
Anissa – Filling the trough in her workbench with lidded boxes
Ben – Smooth Move – Clamping dovetails to hard and cracking the board
Mike – Smooth Move – Installing a cutter in backwards and wondering why it’s not working correctly.
I’ll be setting up a new shop in the next few months after selling my current house and buying a new one with a better, dedicated shop space. If each of you could change one thing about how you set up your shop when you got started (anything from layout to tool purchases, heating/cooling), what would it be and why?
Anissa – A bump out for her dust collector
Ben and Mike – More electrics
Ben’s Spotify Christmas Playlist:
Keep in mind that during the holidays my bar for tasteful music dips drastically! This is meant to be listened to on random.
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