WT182 – Marc is Patient Zero?

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On today’s show, we’re talking about bandsaw dust collection, working with tiny insert screws, choosing the right size hinge, carving tool brands, and if too much woodworking content is a bad thing.

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What’s on the Bench

Marc – Gluing together legs for the Morris Chair. Avoiding Nicole because she has Strep.
Shannon – Having shop withdrawal and looking forward to finishing some carving.
Matt – Not a damn thing.

What’s New

– Don’t miss the latest Highland Woodworker!
– Check out these two fairly new YouTube channels: Darbin Orvar and April Wilkerson.


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– Justin has some feedback on SketchUp plugins and colored lacquer as a paint alternative.
– Clem shares his joy of CNC ownership with us.
– Brian tells us about his makeshift spray booth solution.


– John and Kayla are trying to improve the dust collection on their 14″ Jet Bandsaw. Marc suggests the following links: YouTube Video – Bandsaw Dust Collection, Highland Woodworking – Bandsaw Dust Control That Works, WoodCentral – Jet Bandsaw Upgrades.
– Achille has questions about installing screw inserts and choosing hinges. Matt suggests he watch this video.
– Ben is looking for suggestions on carving tool brands.
– Tucker has a great question about whether too many folks are getting bogged down in the excessive amount of information available to woodworkers today.

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20 replies on “WT182 – Marc is Patient Zero?”

just clarifying (not trolling, guess i should make that clear this episode :D) but its not that i didn’t have a v-parting gouge, its that it was just warn down to a point it was too thick to sharpen efficiently and the bevel was so steep that i don’t know how my grandfather carved with it, but i inherited most of my tools from him (Wayne Ivy, master carpenter of Stickley furniture, don’t know how well known he is in the woodworking world) but i figured i would replace it as the first piece of a really nice set, (buy nice and when needed). On that note i did fine Kari’s e-mail and she recommended the lamp brand from http://www.woodcarverssupply.com/?gclid=CNvKr9C2zr0CFWuhOgod0ggAbg . ill havta send you a pic of my carving Shannon, might help you get out there and finish that dog :D, that you guys for the advise ill have to take a look and compair all these brands when i have time, and (if you see this) thank you Kari also for the advice, cherry is rough to carve lol.

Troll Shannon? Didn’t he say that Nascar is more popular than Formula 1? He couldn’t be more wrong. F1 viewership is about 100 to 1 compared to Nascar. I’m an F1 fan but I can see why Nascar is entertaining,,, trying not to start a war here lol. Great episode!

Hi Marc. Thank you so much for the shout out. I have a lot of respect for your channel and your work, so it’s very flattering and exciting. I’m glad I’m not the only one to be confused by the comparison to Nascar…I hope that even though Linn and I are both women in a male dominated hobby, our two individual styles can still be appreciated. : )

I also like your statement about how comments are misinterpreted and how it’s sometimes our fault as much as theirs. That’s a great reminder.


Howdy April! Always glad to support a fellow woodworker (and video producer). I’m still trying to puzzle out the Nascar thing, lol. I actually looked it up last night and learned more about racing than I ever cared to know. But I still need to ask Matt exactly what that meant. 🙂 If I know Matt though, it was meant only as a compliment to say that you and Linn are both very entertaining, but each in your own way. Pretty much what you just said. Well, best of luck to you and keep those videos rolling. You’re channel is going to grow like crazy.

usually when i do this i put my foot in my mouth but I’m going to take a stab at this, even though I’m not a racing fan and is probably the last person that should be guessing. But what i think what Matt meant is though they are both very respectable they are also very different, in both how they work (or racing rules) and nationality wise (I know we don’t like to point that out but i believe it was Darbin, we love the accent), and as guys were just prone to compare pretty women to cars, sorry but that’s our nature as well, let me know Matt, was i close, and if i put my foot in my mouth, sorry i meant no offense I’m just use to putting my foot in my mouth, just ask my wife lol

Ben you weren’t too far off the point, as I just attempted to explain in the comment I left on this thread, it was an off the cuff remark that was meant to emphasize the fact that April’s shop and content is something that I know appeals to a huge chunk of our audience because their shops most likely look very similar.

No disrespect was meant, after all…this is me who’s talking…the guy with the least appeal on the show lol!

April I didn’t mean any disrespect by the comment, it was actually meant as a nod to the fact that your shop resembles many of the shops I know our audience have…the same listeners who leave comments for me about the same thing with my own shop.

Sorry if I offended you, it was meant to be completely benign, off the cuff and a bit of a compliment given the background of our audience.

I gathered the F1/Nascar analogy was a dig, but was unsure of the meaning . Was Matt comparing the production style, content or the women themselves?

Seriously Jim a dig?! After all these years of producing the show, why would I make a dig? It was an off the cuff comment that was meant as a compliment, a nod to the fact that April’s shop resembles so many of our audience member’s shops and that her projects have a huge appeal to them also.

It ‘s very similar to comments I’ve received in the past from listeners when they compare our three shops, so I imagine there’s a number of listeners who will get the reference.

Again, it wasn’t a dig at April at all!

Sorry Matt, but that’s just the way it sounded. Thanks for clearing it up. The written word is often misunderstood. Sometimes the spoken word is too. 🙂

Hey, I’m one of those woodworkers who spends more time reading all that internet content than actually working, but mostly because while I’m at work I can more easily look productive at my actual job while watching a video than I can if I fired up the router at the office!

Hey, I really agreed with Shannon on finding more efficient ways of doing certain tasks.

I started woodworking about 3 years ago and I’m now at the point that I can look at a piece and figure out a way to build it. That being said, I usually don’t have the most efficient way and reading magazines, watching stuff online or being a guild member have all helped me up my game.

The first time I made a tenon, I used a sliding compound miter saw that blocked at a certain height. I would never do this today and I must thank the total collective knowledge that is now online or in magazines for finding better ways of doing tasks. A good example of a more efficient way is the template that Marc built in the blanket chest. I used the same principle for a project and it saved me a ton of time. These are tricks that I wouldn’t have figured out on my own. I love to do (woodworking that is) and the online content will never stop me from doing but I can certainly say that I am a better do-er thanks to those hours spent watching others do it.

Hi Guys. Just wanted to take a moment to thank you for taking my question.

The discussion you shared was very interesting and you made some salient points with regard to various aspects and perspectives on the issue.

Speaking for myself, I use online content now for 2 things: inspiration and entertainment. Before beginning the next project I get inspired seeing how others have done what I envision. For entertainment I like to watch builds and get others’ take on new posts; e.g., the Drunken Woodworker. I would hasten to add, however, that I purposely limit this time; I never watch anything now at a time that I could be in the shop. It’s only after hours.

I know a few folks who spend huge amounts of time online connecting with others; forums, plans and critiques, and project sharing. It’s a great way to virtually supplement what could be their local wood club or org.

Thanks again. Great discussion.

Hey! Thanks for responding to my question! I forgot I asked it 🙂

Matt had mentioned that sometimes insert screws have slots for a screw driver. If I understood Matt correctly, this is actually incorrect. The slots at the end of the insert screw are for cutting into the wood as you drive it, as opposed to the slots being used for a screwdriver.

Proper installation you’d use a nut with a couple of backing nuts to drive in, then back out the driving screw. Just thought I’d mention! Thanks again! You guys are great.

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