WT129 – One Plane To Rule Them All

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On today’s show, we’re talking about one plane to rule them all, leaving dovetail scribe lines, the difference between some common saws, inspecting an old table saw, using B-grade wood, fixing a warped chair seat, and using epoxy.

What’s on the Bench?

Shannon finally cut up that beautiful slab for a table top. Matt is enjoying playing with teak for the first time. Marc takes a stance on woodworking topics and talks about Woodworking Safety Day.

Around the Web

Guild member Daniel started a new woodworking site called WoodsCommunity.com
Wood stabilization resource
Turning a massive bowl
Inspiring artwork from Stony Lamar
Wilbur Pan will be discussing Japanese tools at the NYC Woodworkers Guild on April 22nd.
Hand Made in America – Sam Maloof
Adam Savage from Mythbusters attempting to do hand-cut dovetails.
Treadle lathe design.


– Graham has some feedback on “Hardwax Oil.”
– Nic has feedback on Osmo Polyx Oil finish.


– Med Tech Woodworker wants to know what we think of combo machines like the ShopSmith.


– Steven is wondering what we think about getting one plane to satisfy all of his bench plane needs, after reading this article from Fine Woodworking.
– Barron is curious if we sand/plane away our knife lines when making dovetails.
– David wants to know the difference between some common saws.
– Tony wants advice on rehabbing an older Delta cabinet saw. Old Woodworking Machines, Delta Unisaw Rehab
– Mike likes using B-grade wood and wants to know if we do as well.
– David needs some advice for repairing a warped Windsor chair seat.
– Manny wants to use epoxy as his exclusive adhesive and is curious about possible disadvantages.

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7 replies on “WT129 – One Plane To Rule Them All”

Hi Guys why not treat Adam Savage to some traing on dove tails could be a good PR stint might even get a mention on the Myth busters..

re: taking a stand
I appreciate…well, maybe insist that my trusted sources keep an open mind. Because there are many directions to get there. But it is also appropriate to take stand when a technique is unsafe, or could be if one is not super in tune.
One attraction to this craft is exploring various approaches.
Definite stands are good, as long as qualified, e.g., “for me…”
Keep on keepin’ on.

Taking a stand… it will be interesting to see what you say in the book. Being new to the craft I have been soaking in as much information as I can. I think I have watched everything you guys have put out (finally joined TWW guild this year). Watching all you guys and watching all the techniques shown on the web has allowed me to try many different techniques to find the one I am most comfortable with. I think the best technique is the technique that you are most comfortable with doing. And the most comfortable one is the one that is probably going to give you the best results. When I watched the Sam Maloof piece I thought the exact same thing!! One handed free-hand shaping with a router probably running at 25000 rpms or this moose sized band saw with just about the entire blade exposed was just shear insanity. Just think, if he was still living today he could be the poster child for May 1. Getting hooked on listening to you guys even if it is a few days later. Keep it up.

I have a Shop Smith. Because of small space and price that has fit my needs. I had purchased a used unit for less than $500.00. It included the unit plus bandsaw, jig saw and other misc. components. Some other parts were found on ebay, which was how I built it up to what it is today. My opinion is that it has served my needs for years, but at the same time since I have been getting in to more advanced projects I feel like a better set of tools will be required. The big downside I see is this tool has to be adjusted and maintained too often. The fact that I have to ramp up the speed and ramp down the speed seems to be little bit of a pain. There are some limitations to setups such as making angle cuts on table saw. Change over is not as bad as I thought it might be thou. Just have to plan out your work to maximize your setups. I noticed that some earlier shows of ths “New Yankee Workshop” Norm used the Shopsmith for some drill press needs and I think some lathe needs. Thanks for bringing this up on your show.

Just checked out the Adam Savage dovetail video. I’m always shocked at the number of people who know nothing on the subject that post their “solutions” in the comments section of the page. Should be interesting to see how it turns out.

Anyone know if the epoxy stabilization is similar to the method that Blue Spruce uses to treat their mallets? I just finished turning a similar mallet from Goncalo Alves and I’m wondering how to prolong it’s life. This is the second mallet that I’ve made and the first one got pretty chewed up after about 10 years of use. I’m not opposed to remaking a mallet every 10 years, just wondering if this could be a permanent solution. Anyone have experience with the durability of this sort of treatment in a heavy pounding situation that a mallet undergoes?

Hello all
I just wanted to chime in here and let you all know that I was able to attend the Wilbur Pan class on Japanese Hand tools last night in NYC. I had a great time and really did enjoy the class over all. Mr. Pan was very knowledgable of the composition between western and Japanese tool construction, and operations.
It was unfortunate that I had to leave prior to the wrap up of the class. I was really hoping to get some hands on with these tools to see and feel what they are all about.
I personally want to thank the NYC Wood workers guild for allowing me to attend.

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