What’s on the Bench?
Marc is prepping for the big move. Matt has is “banana plane” back (the no.4-1/2). Its back from it’s rehab session and is performing like a champ.

Around the Web:

Benjamin Moore iPhone App. NYTimes Article

Woodworking in America: Furniture Construction and Design
Aug. 14-16, 2009, Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Ill.
Woodworking in America: Hand Tools and Techniques
Oct. 2-4, 2009, Valley Forge, Penn.
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Sweet Deals:
Eagle America special Wood Talk Online offer: Free super saver shipping when you use the code “WOODTALK55” at checkout and select Free Shipping as your shipping method. Offer good through 5/31/09. You have to check out their new site!

Peachtree Buy 3 get 1 free clamp sale and also they are having a big Memorial Day Sale.

Highland Woodworking Steel City 14″ bandsaw kit now $499, down from $799.

Woodcraft is offering 15% off a full line of finishing products and related items until May 25th.

Save an extra 10% on your order at Popular Woodworking’s Book Store, with offer code WWMEM09. Remember Every order over $25 gets free standard shipping!

We received a great email from David (runningwood) about traditional woodworking programming and how it reinforces the misconception that project should be done in a very short amount of time.


Tim asked about washing filter bags. John is concerned about wearing gloves in the shop but doesn’t want to deal with splinters. Jim is having difficulty keeping his engrain from staining darker than his face grain. Bob has a question about putting a burr on his scraper.
Check out there helpful links on the subject of card scrapers:
Wood Whisperer – Barely Scraping By
Todd Clippinger’s Scraper Sharpening Method

Audio Segments:
Random Person Tip – Matthew Groves gives us a great Ebay tip.
Tom’s Tip – A neat use for Teflon tape!

15 replies on “WT55”

As usual I enjoyed WTO. Last Saturday I purchased the Highland Woodworking Steel City 14″ Bandsaw. It’s great and I love it. The $499 package does not include the extra 6″ riser or the fence. Those were included in the $699 package. I’m picking up the riser later and possibly the fence, if I don’t go with the Kraig instead.

Hey Bill. Do you know for sure that you need the riser? I have had a 6″ riser in my 14″ saw for years and I have yet to actually need the extra capacity. Might just be me though. 🙂

Thanks for the reply. I’ll probably never resaw a board that wide but I do plan to cut out several bowl blanks from logs I have and I already know some of them will not fit. Miss you on shop cam. Can’t wait for the new shop.

Is there a way to load Wood Talk Online onto my MP3 player? I don’t own an iPod, so can’t use the Itunes download [also Itunes won’t load on my new Vista computer )-:]. I listen to my MP3 player in the shop and would like to hear Wood Talk Online there. Many thanks.
Joyce Pearson

Hi Joyce. You see the link above the little gray player at the top of this post? It says “Download the mp3”. If you right click that link, and select “Save As” or “Save Target As”, you’ll be able to save the mp3 to your desktop. Now what you do with it from there depends on your mp3 player. But every episode of WTO is available as an mp3 download.

Good luck!

I use something similar from time to time. I actually have a pair that help to minimize the vibrations off my tools like sanders. And they protect my hands from splinters too.

Friend of mine has a pair of motorcycle riding gloves. They have a silicone gel insert at the base of the palm and the calous pads at the base of the fingers. (supposed to reduce hand-numbing vibrations from the bike to keep your hands on the ‘bars for those long trips.)

Would those work as well, or would that be more cost than benefit?

most definitely that would help. I use to be an avid mountain biker and I suffered from finger numbness until I bought something very similar…the difference is noticable!

The biggest message I got from the show is this: The best method for cleaning your dust collector filter is not to wash it, but to beat it with a dead horse. 🙂

I think you can Eric, but you need to be careful not to do any damage. Also, I wonder if there is a realistic chance of lodging the particles in deeper if, lets say, you sprayed the air from the wrong direction?

A very interesting show, although I do miss the knitting lead in 🙂 Just refound your site and this podcast after listing to you and Matt through the spring. Thanks for the info and entertainment.

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