WT110 – Favorite Pie!

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On today’s show, we’re talking about granite vs steel, choosing the right gloves for finishing, wood handled tools in dry climates, fixing a blunt plane iron, bevel angles for chisels and plane blades, and transitioning from hobbyist to pro.

What’s on the bench?

Shannon is searching for a new camera and may fall behind on filming. Matt has some nice new saws just waiting to be stolen! Marc is laying out parts for the big bed project. He’s also playing with some new Graco Airless Sprayers and Cabinotch Cabinets.

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A caller wants to know what the primary differences are between granite and steel for tool surfaces. Matt boils it down to two things: babies and beverages.


Billy from Billy’s Little Bench wants to know what our favorite pie is?

I’m doing some finishing with an oil based varnish. I’d rather not get oily goo all over my hands, so I use gloves. Latex or Nitrile gloves, I don’t know which. Well, they start out all stretchy but after awhile (10 min) the fingertips get hard and then the finish soaks into the glove. What kind of gloves should I be using? woop, woop…. Woodtalk Style —– Bill Levering

The Rocky mountains are a great place to live, but the climate is very dry, and for the most part it doesn’t present a problem. As we all know, the dry can cause some severe shrinkage in wood. Which is fine if you allow it. What I’m concerned about is how the shrinkage will affect wood handled tools, like chisels and planes. I’d like to get a nice set of socket chisels, but I’m afraid the handles will never seat well once they’ve adjusted to the local humidity? Thanks for the help. —- Blake Keller

Matt recommends Blake take a look at the hairspray trick published at Popular Woodworking. Marc recommends he use AquaNet specifically.

The blade edge on my #5 Stanley Baily Jack plane was in horrible condition, so I laid the blade flat and used my sanding station to square the blade. This left the blade blunted on the end and I cannot get it back to a razor sharp edge. Im using water stones and a jig set at 30 degrees but am not getting good results.

My next question is are all planes supposed to be sharpened to 30 degrees? I have a cheap stanley low angle block plane but i can’t find a definitive answer on what angle it should be sharpened at. I keep seeing 25-30 degrees everywhere but i dont know which is best. —– Larry Locke (Lamar Bailey also asked about 30 degree bevels on chisels and whether it increases longevity)

I am after some advice regarding a business start up. I am a keen hobbyist and I am always being approached to build/turn items for people but i have some concerns about making it my living. How do I still generate an income between commissions and as my shop is at the bottom of the garden how do you separate work from home? Cheers for your help. —— Taff

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7 replies on “WT110 – Favorite Pie!”

As a veteran bass player of many 80’s and 90’s metal bands, I want to point out that Aqua Net, in the White can, is the most sticky of hairsprays.

Great episode!

That is all… CPB out!

Totally a Northeast thing! I’m sure Snookie uses the same stuff as Bon Jovi, Twisted Sister, and Kiss.

BTW… I would totally BUY the cabinets, unless I had a stack of free material and hardware, and nothing to do this week…

In 2008 I started building my own kitchen cabinets. When I found out that I had cancer I stopped building them. In 2010 after being a survivor I started back on the build. Today I have them complete. When I had stopped, I had heavily considerd just buying instead of building. I elected to finish myself. Yes I agree that building cabinets is boring, but I’m very pleased with my results. Also feel like I have what I want. Someday I hope to share my pictures. The ” Cabinotch Cabinet” idea does sound interesting.

Mark, I’m a new listener so maybe I don’t know where to find it, but Shannon mentioned posting a link to a book on Amazon about starting a woodworking business. Can you point me in the right direction?


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