Wood Talk Online – #18

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Welcome back to Wood Talk Online. The woodworking season is underway and your emails are rolling in as we speak. So if you have a question, comment or some feedback regarding something you’ve heard here at WTO send us an email at woodtalkonline@gmail.com or call us at our voicemail (623) 242-2450.

Marc starts us off with a inside look at his and Nicole’s recent visit to the Podcast and New Media Expo where they had a chance to rub elbows with fellow podcasters and meet some new “friends”. This leads us to our next subject where we talk about Marc’s recent article for the Wood Talk Online website regarding shop setup, so as soon as you get a chance, head over there to check it out.

Of course you’ve got questions and we try to answer them. Our first email comes from our longtime listener Skee who seems to be having a couple of different problems. First of all he’s having a staining problem on a project he’s refinishing. Apparently after letting the stain sit for 2 days it’s still not completely dry and comes off easily on his rag, any ideas what could be wrong? Skee’s second question is how to remove 1/16″ of thickness over a 10″ length on both faces of the same 8′ board without the aide of a dado blade.

Steve sends us an email curious about how and where people do woodworking when they don’t have a dedicated shop, especially when you’re tight on space and live in a small apartment? Oh yeah and throw into the mix the fact that your spouse isn’t as convinced as you are that a shop works great in the living room.

Both Jeff and Marc (different Marc, same spelling) have questions about building exterior projects. Jeff’s looking for answers on which materials to build a deck or gazebo with that won’t void his termite contract and Marc is concerned about the effect of cutting composite materials on his saw blades.

Fred offers us some feedback on using his dovetail jig for making tight through dovetails and also shares his painful experience with making dovetails in plywood. And last but not least, it’s time to giveaway another Woodslicer Resaw Bandsaw blade from the great folks over at Highland Woodworking. So a huge congratulations to Brent Conaway, this month’s winner!!

And here are some great links for setting up your shop, courtesy of FineWoodWorking.com:

Smart Shop in a One-Car Garage– Space-saving solutions for a small work area

A Layout Kit for Small Shops– Modeling in two or three dimensions is a lot easier than moving around your heavy machinery to get a shop plan you like. By: John Yurko

Workshop Tour: An Efficient Garage Workshop
-With wheel-mounted tools and cabinets, a two-car garage transforms into a versatile workshop

Rock-Solid Plywood Bench
-Build this simple but versatile workbench in a weekend for less than $250. And you don’t need a jointer or planer. By: Cecil Braeden

An Island Workshop– A central island for power tools, work surfaces, and dust collection makes the most of this two-car garage shop. With Alan DeVilbiss

All About Lumber Storage


All about Tool Storage

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