WT222 – Freaky Teaky Crud

On today’s show, we’re talking about attaching a sitting bench top to the base, is the router plane fence necessary, and dealing with mystery goo after finishing.

What’s on the Bench?

  • Marc’s got nothing
  • Matt is having his router bit time of the month
  • Shannon has the sniffles from his oily and resinous woods

What’s New?

    • Adam shared a video about the largest plane he’s ever seen.

    • Mitch shared an indie film about plywood: Love Letter to Plywood
    • Shannon shared Jim Tolpin’s video with stop motion animation and woodworking

Poll of the Week

Do You Use Metal Drawer Slides?


  • Lance tells us that Ikea using solid wood has been happening in Europe for a while now and this new push must be a North American thing
  • Brian wants to know if Pretentious Matt has suggestions for safety monocles for shop use


  • John wants to know of a good, strong way to attach a top to a sitting bench
  • Matt wants to know if router plane fences are useful.
  • Michael wants to know where the gooey mess in the bottom of his cedar chest cames from.

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11 replies on “WT222 – Freaky Teaky Crud”

Hi Marc, Matt and Shannon

Great show as always guys, keep up the great work!!

I have a question for your next episode, if you have time.

I recent watched ‘Building Without Nails: The Genius of Japanese Carpentry | China Uncensored’, as posted on your Facebook page Marc.

The film’s main craftsman, Mr. Hanafusa, said that if you put wood into a frame, in this case a screen for a window, that it must be put in the same vertical orientation, as it grew originally in the tree. He said if it was put in upside down, it would warp.

Is this true?

Many thanks!!


Hey guys, love you love the show!

This is a kickback to Matt’s Q regarding a router plane fence. I just made a groove for the drawer bottom using a rule, marking knife, and router plane (no fence).

The conclusion I came to is that even though it is possible to make a groove with just a router plane, it is highly inefficient. It is also difficult to leave clean edges if you cut more than 1/32″ at a time. A plow plane is a much better choice if you have one and is going the hand tool route.

I was sure I posted here on the latest – but it ended up previous. Time sensitive, so please excuse the repost:

Hi Guys! Maybe too late for this weeks ‘weekend edition’ – but since it seems many of us are watching Framework – how about a WoodTalk just on it?

IMO – all you guys could easily make as good as – or likely – better stuff. And I’ve watched every show. Do you all have any disagreements with the judges as to ‘who is (was?) finished’? Any show.

Next – speculate on the next show. As of this writing, its the adjustable desk. The mechanisms shown seem horrible. Any jerk would see that a trestle table with legs being a 4-link parallelogram – with the top and bottom horizontal links able to slide a bit (like in a drawer slide) to keep the front edge in the same position – is an easy solution.

But what would be your solutions?

If not this week – then your solutions for next week! Lets have some fun second-guessing…


Chris make sure you have listened to the show we did a few weeks back where we talked about Framework and Ellen’s Design Challenge. We also had Brandon Gore come on the show to talk about design. But I’m with Marc, I’m not caught up on the show either and I’m pretty sure that while my construction skills are up to snuff, my design skills would get me sent home halfway through the first show. They would hold a special tribal council and vote me off then flog the casting director who let me in in the first place.

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