Wood Talk #74

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Topics:
– The WIA classes we are most looking forward to.
– Low angle vs high angle planes.
– Can you live without a tablesaw?

What’s on the Bench:
Marc – The honduran mahogany trestle table/desk
Matt – Still plugging away at the Ron Brese Small Smoother Plane Kit
Shannon – Toolbox for WIA

Events:
Woodworking in America
Fourth annual Mid-Hudson Woodworkers Show Saturday September 25 at the Hurley Reformed Church in Hurley New York $3 admission

Email:
Rob wants to know our thoughts on bevel up vs bevel down planes as well as the use of add-on fences to jointer planes.
Adam Cherubini’s post: Tools You Don’t Need
Forum Post: Why Bevel Up Why Bevel Down

We also had an email from David Young concerning the design article we discussed last episode.

From the Forum:
Can You Live Without A Tablesaw?
Marquetry Table by Jason Straw
Girlfriends in the Shop

Voicemails:
Earl – Problems finishing exotic woods
Roberto – Rust disaster
Bobby Slack – Staining advice for built-in featuring plugged screw holes

Guest Tips:
Tom’s Tip – A cheap T-square?
Visit Tom’s site, Toms Workbench

1 reply on “Wood Talk #74”

On the issue of plugs and the question of lighter / darker than the background:

What you’re really addressing is the issue of either increasing or decreasing the amount of contrast between the plugs and the background on which they reside. You can go either lighter or darker, within the same general color spectrum as the background finish, and probably be ok aesthetically. The stronger the contrast between the plugs and the background, the more the plugs will “pop” or stand out. Lighter or darker actually becomes less relevant, since what you’re actually addressing is the level of contrast between the two elements (plugs vs. background). The closer (in color) the plugs are to the same color as the background, the less visible contrast there will be. So, you can use this to great effect if you only want the plugs to have a subtle difference. Seal the end grain first, then stain, maybe?

Anyway, just my 2 cents.

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