On today’s show, we’re talking about the trouble with buying tools, using scraper planes, and laminating solid wood for stability.
What’s on the bench?
Shannon’s building a vise and doing even more carving. He’s also spending a lot of time at the McMasterCarr website. Matt thought he would try something new when cutting half blind dovetails and totally regrets it! Marc finished up the footboard of the new platform bed and then spent the week doing screen caps for a upcoming SketchUp tutorial. Marc recommends Bob Lang’s Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp
Around the Web
Video of Mahogany lumber being harvest in Belize. Sent in by Tom Buhl.
“Love Letter to Plywood” video by Tom Sachs Oddly enough, this video does contain some nudity.
Minwax “Do Good with Wood” Award
Scott Meek to offer an online planemaking class via G+ Hangout.
Holiday Giveaway at RavinHeart Renditions Podcast.
Poll of the Week
Stewart called in to ask a question about Veritas vises. Demented Woodworker called in to tell us his wife thinks we suck.
I recently acquired a couple of Stanley number 80 scraper planes, And I was wondering what suggestions you guys could give me regarding use and set up. I did not know when sharpening if I need to have a secondary bevel angle on it, Or if I only need the primary angle. Also any tips and Tricks you guys may have regarding it’s use And what tasks you like to use it for specifically. —– Aaron Cashion
My question is about wood for an entry door. I am thinking of using kiln dried Douglas fir (the door will be painted). What are your thoughts about using solid stock vs. laminating two pieces together to get the required thickness for the stiles and rails? Advocates of the lamination technique say it makes the door more stable by allowing the grain to be aligned to counter movement. Some even say to rip one full thickness piece of wood in half, flip it and glue it to enhance the stabilizing effect. Do you have any other suggestions for an economical, but appropriate wood choice for someone living in Southern California? —– Tom Collins
I am starting to see the limitations on my little saw. I would like to move up to something to do better weekend work with. Should I go with a more powerful, fixed stand contractor’s saw and build it up/modify it for dust collection and such; should I go with a hybrid saw; or is there an entry level cabinet saw that won’t break the bank?
I was considering the Grizzly hybrid saw until I found out that the insert plate was 1/8″ stamped steel like my craftsman, negating the ability to make zero clearance inserts. I have also been scanning craigslist for used saws. Any ideas? I was willing to plunk down the $725 (on sale) plus $100 shipping for the Grizzly so I am at around a$1,000 budget on the high end. —– Keith
The guys then go into a discussion on the diffulties involved in giving tool-buying advice. Matt recommends folks check out ToolSelect.com. Marc mentions an article he wrote a while back called, Common Questions Only You Can Answer.
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