WT124 – That’ll Be A Buck Fifty!

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On today’s show, we’re talking about finishing Ebony, finish options for game pieces, shop space for a first house, joinery for a plywood tool cabinet, dry lube on a table saw, using metal pipe as dowel stock, and chair joints with no metal fasteners.

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– Person with no name wants to know what finish we recommend for Gabon Ebony.
– Roberto’s MIL wants an oversized Jenga game and he is contemplating his finish choices.


– Lawrance suggested Custom Service Hardware and a reasonably-priced source for cabinet harware, in response to our discussion last episode.
– Ryan wants our thoughts and suggestions on an affordable shop space.
– Andy is working on a tool cabinet and wants some advice on the joinery.
– Everett wants to know if it’s ok to use dry lube on his table saw surface.
– Rob is wondering if using black iron pipe as “dowel stock” is overkill.
– Scott is trying to avoid metal fasteners in his upcoming adirondack chair build, and has some questions about joinery.

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8 replies on “WT124 – That’ll Be A Buck Fifty!”

1″ black pipe is 1.315″ OD. Not really a convenient size to glue into a hole, even with epoxy. Maybe he means 3/4″ black pipe which is 1.05″, which might be tempting to try to pound into a 1″ hole, and end up splitting it in half. Or he could maybe just use a 1″ dowel that’s actually meant to go in a 1″ hole.

Shannon, I have been busy whittling your 3×3 inch Hardwoods To Go Mahogany blanks into lots of shavings and offcuts and even four legs. Lovely material to work with. I’ll have pix within a few weeks. Thanks.

Thank you very much for bringing the shop video to my attention. I was in awe for many reasons for one hour. I’m not a ‘the old ways were better’ person, but sometimes the old ways demand modern respect!

As a Civil engineer in the land development industry i would just like to add to to your reply to Ryan on his new home search. He will need to make sure he looks over any Home Owners Association documents and look at the restrictive covenants.  I have seen many HOA documents that have specific requirements concerning using a garage for something other than parking a car. Most jurisdictions have a specific number of parking spaces required per home and the garage counts towards that. When the garage is turned into a shop etc. you can no longer park in there and HOA can force you to return it to a parking space. There can also be lots of restrictions on putting up sheds or buildings.

He should also make a quick trip or phone call to the local planning and zoning department of the jurisdiction he looking to buy in to make sure he can build a shed/shop in his rear yard if that is the choice. At the risk of offending any real estate agents reading this do not take their word on what you can and cannot do on the lot. They are trying to make a sale and they are not experts on the matter. Only the planning and zoning department can give you a definitive answer.

sorry for the long reply but i would hate for him to buy something only to learn the hard way he can not build or use the lot for what he wants.

If you want to know what a real man is.Watch water powered woodshop.
Ben Thresher is a master woodworker and black smith. At the end of the
video he said they should have made the film about the men that taught me. I
was just a johnny come lately. ( humble )

Finally had a chance to listen to the show. Was immediately intrigued by the Ben’s mill video and watched the whole thing. It was absolutely fascinating. I am probably just a little older now as he was when that was taped, which by the way was around 1980. He talked about the real men being the ones he learned from which he indicated was in 1941. I think the chances are pretty good that Ben is no longer with us, but I wounder if someone is still running the mill. In today’s dollars he would probably charge $3.99 to convert the pitch fork into the sod fork. Someday I may even be able to catch your show live instead of catching up with it. Great shows, really enjoy them.

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