Been checking out the Lee Valley catalog. Don’t have one, you can request one. Marc talks about drawing bows available, and Matt mentions a “Golden Ratio” ruler that he spotted.
Matt talks about Kaleo now teaching a sharpening class using the Tormek system which leads to Marc and Matt discussing “Scary Sharp”, water stones, and manual vs. automated sharpening systems.
Marc’s table top dilemma: Marc reaches out to the community for ideas and opinions on designing the table top for his current project. Marc and Matt discuss what they do when they hit a roadblock when designing a project and breaking down barriers when using new materials for the first time.
Local woodworking guilds / clubs: How do you keep the interest going? Seems like a lot of people are looking online for community rather than their local clubs or affiliations. Let us know what you think.
Voicemails / Emails
This may sound like a silly question, but my wife has asked me to build her a simple chest of drawers. It will replace one we bought at a store that has seen better days. It will be housed in our master bath. I envision nothing more than a simple carcass with drawers on slides to hold all of her hair products and other appliances such as curling iron, hair dryer, etc. My question concerns drawers: Is it best to size the carcass to fit the size and number of drawers I want or determine the size of the carcass and try to figure out how many drawers and what size will fit inside the carcass. Now the area where the chest will fit is approximately 30 inches wide. To blend the cheset in with the existing cabinetry, I plan on putting doors on the carcass to cover the drawers. Any help would be appreciated.
I’m looking to upgrade some of my personal protection gear and wanted your opinion on what you use most in your shops. Currently I have a decent pair of glasses, but they don’t seal around the face terribly well. I wouldn’t mind getting something that keeps more out. For my ears I just use little expandable foam ear plugs, and I’m looking for something that has more noise cancellation that I could use with the iPod. Finally, for my lungs, I got a simple drywall mask that I wear while doing really dusty operations, but I’d like to get a respirator as well. So finally the question: Which of these items do you guys use most around the shop and where do you see the biggest gain. As for brands, I’ll probably just go with The Wood Whisperer Store and get ideas from there.
Greg – Tampa
I have an antique bird’s eye maple secretary desk. I recently found some termite damage. Now, the damage is in a small piece which is about 1 inch by 24 inches. This piece is attached by screws and can be removed. I have killed the termites and can easily make this piece, but I prefer to keep it original. Do you know something I could inject into the voids to make this piece solid again. It would need to be something that goes in liquid and then turns solid. Do you have any suggestions?
Scott – Chicago
I was wondering if there are any books that deal with the woodworkers themselves. I was wondering if you guys know of any books that talk about the woodworker, his experience, why he does woodworking. Kind of a life story sort of thing.
On a recent show I listened to there was a question about router bits. Specifically, router bits for edge banding and the diameter of the bits. I was expecting an answer that would be consistent with what you said previously, Marc. I was expecting you to say that the larger the diameter, the slower the speed of the router which may be more appropriate for some materials than others. But you didn’t say that, and now I’m wondering if maybe I misunderstand the size of the router bits and the speeds on the router. Can you help me with this?