WT159 – The Cleavage Plane

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On today’s show, we’re talking about squaring up a large piece of ply, block planes for specific tasks, making a conductor’s baton, rustic furniture advice, fine dust collection at the tablesaw, and fixing cracks in live edge slabs.


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What’s on the Bench

Marc is recovering from a small but deep cut on his hand. Matt built a valence for a friend. Shannon is using hook tools on his lathe.

What’s New

First issue of Weekend Warrior EZine is out!
– Keep an eye on TomsWorkbench.com for his Last Minute Elf campaign Dec. 1st – 7th.
– Friction welded wood:


– Dr. Nick helps us with our medical terminology.


– Kris is looking for some advice on making matching curves.


– Dell is trying to square up a 24″ x 24″ piece of ply.
– Michael has several block planes and wants to know if he can tune a few up for specialized jobs that would justify keeping them around.
– Ben needs some advice on the wood and the finish for a conductor’s baton.
– Tim is looking for tips on making rustic furniture.
– Kyle is trying to collect fine dust from his table saw.
– Phil is looking to fix a few cracks in a live slab.

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2 replies on “WT159 – The Cleavage Plane”

2 bits of feedback about this episode:

First, about the conductors wand: Shannon had it absolutely right – oil. I do martial arts with wooden weapons (and make my own) and the standard finishes in the community are tung oil (my preference) and boiled linseed oil. Thin them down a bit and do multiple coats, and sand off any oil that forms a film. Basically, you want to avoid anything that would rub off, or have issues with the moisture on your hands, and so forth.

Second, about the epoxy vs butterfly key discussion, check out this link: http://www.akeda.com/documents/DovetailAngle.pdf

Granted, it’s testing dovetails, but it’s the same theory.

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