STL235: Are saw guides really cheating?
Vic Tesolin joins Mike and Ben to discuss jack planes, smoothing planes, shop lighting, and if saw guides are cheating or not.
I have another question about planes. I hear you talk about jack and smoothing planes. You also talk about #4 and #5 planes. Sometimes you will talk about a #4 smoother or a #4 jack. Can you explain the difference between a smoothing plane and a jack plane? Does it have something to do with the way it is sharpened or the way it is set up? Enquiring mind would like to know.
I am in the process of finishing my shop and I need to figure out how to best create natural light during the short winter days. The space is roughly 20×15 with 10′ ceilings and two main working areas. During the day, windows allow for plenty of natural light comfortable for working. Currently I am using basic utility lights with “daylight” bulbs as a way of getting started. I quickly realized multiple light sources cast unwanted shadows making marks difficult to see.
My question is: What are the best types of overhead lighting that can give a similar feel as natural daylight and also an even light? I am curious about not only bulb temp but also style of fixture such as tracks with multiple heads, fluorescent, or something that is more direct and moveable like an articulating desk lamp.
Mike recommends following and supporting @woodschrew on Instagram.
Ben recommends grinding down a washer to tighten down your Lie Nielsen honing guide.
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