On today’s show, we’re talking about our must-have books, breaking bits, a saw to do it all, our choice in clamps, a shop vac that sucks too hard, tool maintenance frequency, and turning a cyclone on too many times.
What’s on the Bench
Marc solved his spiral design dilemma and moved on to the pizza peel project. Matt got his butt off the couch and re-organized his tool wall. Shannon is prepping for his next lathe build and is waiting for his new Grizzly planer to arrive.
Around the Web
– Norm speaking at the Festool Connect 2013 event:
– Robot bartender and a beautiful table
– A no-nonsense board feet calculator
– Why aren’t our gadget still covered in wood?
– In response to Episode #133, Dane gives us some technical details on why it’s ok to leave our plane blades under pressure during storage.
– In response to Episode #136, Dave gave us a link to the circular saw based table saw. He also mentions that we should give a shout out to Jeffry Lohr, founder of Moringa Community.
– In response to Wood Talk #137 where we discussed areas you can save money:
Tony recommends buying used cabinets for the shop and buying sandpaper in bulk.
Tom recommends NOT buying cheap Baltic Birch ply, as it has given him problems in the past. He also mentions that you should find out what woods are plentiful in your area and stock up when the prices are low. He also says to avoid jigs, fixtures, gizmos that solve a non-problem or that provide a benefit which is readily shop made or even accomplished with a bit of skill. Things like bench cookies, dovetail jigs, tapering jigs, self-clamping straight edges.
Mike recommends going with fewer tools. He says, “A few quality tools, a creative mind, and a lot of attention to detail will generate some amazing results.” He also mentions that pallets are a great source for practice wood.
Poll of the Week
– Allen wants to know what clamps we prefer and why.
– George is wondering if it’s possible for a shop vac to suck too hard when attached to a sander.
– Mike from LA is wondering how often we perform routine power tool maintenance and how often he should be turning his cylone on.
– Andrew broke is 1/4″ router bit and needs some advice.
– Fred wants to know what three books we feel every woodworker should own.
– Andreas is looking for a saw that both rips and cross-cuts.
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