This week, Matt and Marc are wingin’ it! Part of the reason is because of Marc’s technical recording difficulties. Marc is currently working on a sculpted end-table and for The Wood Whisperer and Matt brings up his concerns about The Woodworking Shows. Marc then reviews the new tools being offered by Festool. Our first email was from Austin who needed finishing advice for his new kitchen table. Our second voicemail came from Roberto who wanted to know why most folks opt for router tables, instead of shapers. Marc recommends this Fine Woodworking Article. Our emails include questions about patterns and templates, jointer chatter, finishing the inside of a box, and mortising machines.
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Marc and Matt,
Router vs. Shaper : Bottom line the cost of the cutters (work to justify the cost), if you are going to do lets say alot of raise panel doors cabinets that sell at a premium cost then the industrial shaper and their high cost cutters is the thing for you. But if you are going to do a variety of different projects (custom work and not high production items) you can buy a lot of router bits with different shapes for vary cheep (use 1/2″ arbor).
Matt and Marc
With regards to the shaper vs. router table method. As you pointed out by the time you build the router table station (with all the bells and whistles) and get the 3+ horse router you are at the cost of the shaper to begin with. Most shapers have router spindle adapters that let you use standard router bits. Something to consider in favour of the shaper when it comes to the cost of cutters and router bits.
Since this may be the last episode of 2007 I though it may be interesting to nominate the best moments of the year. I’ve been listening to the show since the first episode (April, 2007) and for me the two topics I enjoyed the most had to do with the contrast between a production and a garage shop. They were both from Episode 19 with Marc and Tom. The first one was the question about the place a Power Sander have in the shop and the second one was about using two different blades for ripping and crosscutting vs one combination blade.
Thanks for the great year and I hope this podcast continues for at least the next few years. I will surely miss it if it goes away.
I noticed that Grizzly has a $250 mortiser with a 22″ long handle. I don’t know if the machine is any good but it certainly seems to have a superior handle to the other mortisers in this price range.
I wanted to let you guys know that I do appreciate the hard work that goes into the shows. I am starting from Episode 1 and am up to 25 at this point. I’m looking forward to many more hours of shows until I get caught up to the latest episode!