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On today’s show, we’re talking about bandsaw tuneup, shop music, tools we would choose if starting over, sharpening, laminated countertops, and organizing tasks during a complicated project.
What’s on the bench?
Shannon didn’t enjoy the process of tuning up his DeWalt planer. He referenced an article from Marc’s site called The Many Hats of a Woodworker. He also replaced a chisel handle and had a bit of a disaster during one of his live sessions. Oops! Matt decided to re-route his dust collection tubing and had a major performance boost! Marc is still working on the Dogon Bed design and had to find an alternative to the customer’s requested African Blackwood raised panel. Looks like it’s going to be the Winter of Wenge!
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Poll of the Week
Michael wants to know what we use to listen to music in the shop, and what we like to listen to.
Steve wants to know if we have some advice and resources for Bandsaw tuneup. Marc recommended a video on his site Bandsaw Setup/Tuneup, as well as two videos from Michael Fortune: How to Resaw and How to Set Up a Bandsaw.
Shannon offers some advice from his recent bandsaw setup experience as well.
Kenny (TheWoodNinja) asks, “I have a question for all three of you guys. Because of the varying degree of your woodworking styles, I’d like to know if you had to start over today with your current knowledge, what would be the first three plane purchases be. Thanks in advance for your help and thanks for going weekly. Keep up the great job!”
Marc recommended folks check out a similar thread in the forum that focuses a bit more on power tools.
David Young asks, “I would be interested in hearing your opinions on the approaches (and merits) to constructing laminated tops for kitchen counters and island tops. For instance, is there a preferred grain for the primary surface of the counter top (flatsawn vs. quartersawn) when laminating — assuming that you will never be using knives directly against the surface. Can the top be thinner / thicker than the traditional 1.5″ thickness of a standard countertop…what advantages / disadvantages would these bring?”
Jamie asks, “Should a beginning hand tool sharpener step up and buy a good quality sharpening system right away? Or is there even a price difference or learning curve with sharpening stones? It appears Shapton has had good reviews, which one though. Ceramic on glass or traditional stones? Or is it all personal preference and I just need to find one that will work for me?”
Eric asks, “Hi Marc, Matt & Shannon. I was wondering if you guys could briefly discuss tips on how you break up work segments when you have limited amounts of time for shop sessions on more complex projects. Do you set specific objectives and strive to complete a certain process for that day so as to start a new task the next time, or do you just go as far as you can with the time you have and pick up where you left off in the next session?”
Shannon recommended Eric check out a post from his site called Project Taking Longer Than Expected?.
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