On today’s show, we’re talking about fine-tuning tapered plugs, avoiding slippery surfaces on step stools, and attaching a table top to its base
What’s on the Bench?
- Marc – Editing and designing a new build
- Shannon – working on his console table and gearing up the lathe for quick Christmas stuff
- Matt – Feeding the turning addiction
Chris Stahl: The Robotic Workbench
Nick Offerman’s “My Tales of Whisky Music Video”
Poll of the Week
Results from last week’s poll
29% – Yes, happy with the experience
2% – Yes, but I won’t do it again!
28% – No, I go to local suppliers.
4% – No, go to home center
2% – Saw their own wood from trees.
This week’s poll– Do You Batch Out?
- Rudy clarified the article format for the Fine Woodworking Archive: each issue is stored as a PDF. Also if you already own the FW Archive I believe you can update it for $20 per year.
- Rudy also called back in and left a concise voicemail with his Rules for Ebay buying
- Brian – Why do we have to hone brand new blades from premium companies.
- Jason – Mortise and tenon joints and struggles with his own OCD
- Steve – I have a set of Veritas Tapered Snug-Plug Cutters. The idea of using a tapered plug and trimming with a flush-cut saw makes for a great fit, but I’m having difficulty getting the grain to line up. I take the time to cut plugs from an area of scrap where the grain will match, but when gluing the plug in place, I always seem to be a bit off and it’s a real eye sore. I think the glue swells the plug a bit too, making small adjustments rotating the plug in the hole difficult to impossible. Maybe I’d be better off using epoxy instead of glue for this? Any tips, tricks or hints would be most welcome.
- Nick – I am currently finishing up a project: a step stool for my two-year-old daughter. A discussion from one of the recent episodes got me to thinking. Matt mentioned that he made some sort of stool for his mother that was so smooth on the top that it landed her in the ED. The top of my stool is hardwood with an inlay, and the temptation is to plane and sand it to a high gloss. Obviously, this would not be a smart idea unless I wanted a head injury for my toddler. Is there a textured finish I could use without obscuring all the work I have done on the top with the wedged through tenons and marquetry inlay?
- Jeremy – I am making a huge harvest style table, made of 8/4 vertical grain dug fir. This is the first time that I am making a table without an apron. The top is made of seven 6″ boards glued up. I am using 4 battens underneath the slab to help keep things in line and give extra support to the legs which are an X brace. Do you think 4 battens, with 5 screws each be enough? So far this thing has been pretty stable and I don’t see it cupping much at all if any. The second question, how would you elongate the holes in the battens? I was planning on using some 2 1/2 pan head screws with maybe a washer for extra support, but I am not sure the best way to elongate the holes. There is still about an inch of wood to be drilled through, and I don’t feel that wiggling a drill bit is going to be enough.
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