WT173 – What’s with Brad Pitt?!

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On today’s show, Brian wants to safely plane thin stock, Ian’s thinking about upgrading to a stationary sanding machine, Dave’s trying to work in the cold, Justin is pondering his micro-bevel, Chris is considering a hybrid saw, Tom wants to know what happens to boards passed over an un-calibrated jointer, and Robert wants a primer on chisels.


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What’s on the Bench

Marc – Working on some show doors and drawers.
Shannon – Turning some stuff.
Matt – Doing some woodworking without the camera for once!

What’s New

Intentionally broken furniture as art?
– Awesome video on Sam Maloof!

– Andy’s first woodworking video:
An AT-AT rocking horse.


– Brian wants to know if we have some tips for planing thin boards with his planer.


– Ian’s thinking about upgrading to a stationary sanding machine.
– Dave’s trying to work in the cold.
– Justin is pondering his micro-bevel.
– Chris is considering a hybrid saw.
– Tom wants to know what happens to boards passed over an un-calibrated jointer.
– Robert wants a primer on chisels.

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16 replies on “WT173 – What’s with Brad Pitt?!”

I have a set of the Lie-Nielsen socket chisels with the short (chopping) handles and one long handle. For paring hardwood I can change to the long handle for more control and leverage. You don’t need to buy a long handle for each chisel since it is easy to change handles with socket chisels.

Matt mentioned the Ridgid Oscillating Belt/Spindle sander and there was uncertainty if you could still buy one. Home Depot does still sell it. You often don’t find it in the stores (if it is at the two local stores I frequent then I only ever see one or two in stock). You can order it online from homedepot.com for $199.

I own one and love it. It does what I need for straight edge sanding or small part face sanding with the oscillating belt and curves with the different size spindles. Dust port is sized to work with a shop vac, but I get better results putting a 4″ to 2-1/4″ reducer and hooking it up to my main dust collector. It still doesn’t get everything but does much better of sucking up more dust this way.

Of course as mentioned in the show it is a bench top sander and not floor standing as the original question asked about.

Regards Festool Systainers and other tool boxes; I created a Youtube video awhile back that presented my view of toolboxes, which was basically to throw them away. At over 60,000 views, it’s by far my most watched (and hated) video. People are passionate about their tool cases.

But like Marc, and me, there are a lot of people that do agree with the sentiment that tool boxes waste a lot of space. Check it out: http://youtu.be/c71wpS2sInk

The hybrid tool storage cubby-short tool bench with the flip top lid described by Mark actually has a name. It’s called ‘A Toy Chest.’

The Ridgid spindle sander (known as the ROSS) is pretty big in amateur guitar building circles. I have one and while not a heavy duty machine it’s great for medium duty home use. It fits under my bench and being a combination tool is a nice benefit as well.

Chris, I own Grizzly’s G0715P and I absolutely love it! It took me about 2 hours to get it setup with the help of a friend. The only equipment I had to really test alignment was combo-square and digital calipers. The first test cut was done using the ‘5-cut method’, and the error came out to be .025” over ~80” worth of material. I did the 110v conversion and I have yet to bog it down (best test was with 6/4 white oak). My largest complaint about the saw is the throat plate; the tray for it to rest in is very shallow (1/8” I believe) so it’s a small degree more difficult to make your own zero clearance inserts that feel secure in the saw. Outside of that, I absolutely love going out to the shop and hearing that blade spin! And like Marc said: Grizzly’s boasting about “portability” is fluff… this saw weighs in at around 300lbs! While not near as heavy as a full cabinet saw, it’s still not “portable” by far.

One of the things that I found that seems different on a hybrid table saw is how the motor is mounted. On my Grizzly hybrid (which I love) the motor is mounted to the table, like a contractor saw. From what I gather in watching the WoodWhispere table saw set up video, it appears on a cabinet saw the motor is mounted to the cabinet. This changes how you align the blade to the slots on the table. For mine you have to losses the motor mounting bolts and move the motor from underneath, which can be a pain. So in addition to being in between a contractor and cabinet saw power-wise, the motor/table interface is like a contractor saw, but has the dust collection and fence similar to a cabinet saw.

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