WT262 – Silver is the New Gray

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On today’s show we’re talking about preventing cedar from graying, seeing grain direction in a board, and hinge recommendations for large dropdown drawer fronts.

What’s on the Bench?

  • Marc has starting working on his clothes hamper project.
  • Matt spent some time at his lathe.
  • Shannon is breaking in a new shop dog.

What’s New?


  • Josh and Wilbur both used Douglas Fir for their workbenches. You can follow Wilbur’s entire build on his blog, Giant Cypress
  • Keith and Mark both have good stories about making money from woodworking.


  • Cliff is wondering how to keep his Cedar project from going gray in the sun.
  • Greg needs a hinge recommendation for a fold out shoe drawer.
  • Matt wants to know an easy way to read the grain.

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4 replies on “WT262 – Silver is the New Gray”

Regarding granite top table saws/tools, as of earlier this year (March 31, 2015?), Steel City tools actually shutdown and liquidated their assets/operations. That closure brought the granite tools concept out the market with them.

Also regarding Shannon’s comment about Ridgid selling a granite saw years ago. It was a saw manufactured and sold by a manufacturer who also made Steel City tools. Hurray for rebranding.

When I had a chance to visit with the folks at Steel City Tool Works a few years ago I discovered (because they pointed it out) that manufacturers like themselves actually make a number of tools for different brands.

For SCTW they not only made tools for Rigid, but Craftsman and someone else that I can’t remember at the moment.

Actually, there’s more than a good chance that the two thickness planers I used in the Thickness Planer Death Match video may be more related than even I realized!

And also by a new manufacturer http://www.cutechtool.com

The founder of this company is a former SCTW employee who contacted me recently about their products and also to share that they may be able to help SCTW thickness planer owners with blades and possibly spare parts also.

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