WT272 – New Baby Spags

Today’s show is sponsored by Brusso Hardware, Casper.com (use code woodtalk), and Fanduel.com (use the code “wood”)

On today’s show, we’re talking about Storing Shellac, fixing a dado that’s too deep, and a “different way” to mill boards by hand

What’s on the Bench?

  • Marc had a baby girl (well Nicole did anyway)
  • Matt experienced seasonal swelling and his stretchy pants are missing.
  • Shannon is working on a blanket chest.

What’s New?

Poll of the Week

Are you a tool organizer?


  • Vic says that canned air is a good, cheap alternative to Bloxygen and has used it to preserve glue
  • Gary and Stan both urge Shawn (episode 268) not to wall in his furnace without proper ventilation.


Britt says that Sawstop is pursuing Bosch for copyright infringement. We had NO COMMENT.


  • Dr Nono wants to know how to store Shellac and Marc phones in his answer by asking Vijay Velji, the Shellac Master.
  • Kyle wants to know what to do with his case dados that he cut too deeply by accident
  • Dan wants to know our take on milling boards by hand as told by The English Woodworker

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17 replies on “WT272 – New Baby Spags”

Congratulation Marc and Nicole ! No Nicole first :o)
And welcome to the little princess ou Bienvenue à la petite princesse.
And thanks to all 3 of you, once again for all your work and shares.


Congratulations on the little one! My girls (twins) were born at 32 weeks and spent a month in the NICU. My advice, get as much sleep as possible before she comes home!!! I’m very impressed (and happy) that there was a wood talk this week. You guys (including Nicole) are awesome!

Thanks so much Teri. Fortunately and unfortunately this isn’t our first NICU rodeo. I say fortunately, because having done it once before puts us in a constant state of calm, instead of a constant state of crapping our pants as was the case last time. 🙂

First of all, congrats to Nicole, Marc and Mateo. Glad to hear things are going well, and enjoy your expanded family.

Matt, a household HVAC system functions as a dehumidifier, which is why there is a drain pipe to drain away moisture condensed by the unit. When you chose to decrease use of your air conditioner, you created a much more unstable environment and left more moisture in the air. Hence the swollen joints and sticky drawers. Run the A/C and your should be back to normal*.

*there is no normal in a region that has seasons. Heating and cooling will eliminate spikes in humidity but will not create a completely controlled environment.

Thanks guys for the massive amount of air time my little donation received. I almost beat the time of the Brusso spot…by the way, the last 2 letters of my surname are not pronounced (sorry but the French do that) so it is pronounced something like VERRO…ask Matt, he nailed it a few years ago. And Matt, please let me know if you are firing up the Spoken Wood Podcast again, I would love to lend my voice to the show (maybe Kari Hultman and I can double bill?). Oh yeah, Marc, please say “Hi” to your Mom. ;^)

Great episode.


Just think of the last 5 letters of my surname sounding like the last letter of yours…so Spagnuolo is a homonym of Spagnuoleault…and you thought it couldn’t get worse. ;^)

Them’s fightin’ letters! That’s it, we duel at dawn…full unabridged OEDs at 20 paces…whomever can throw it (the entire 4 volume set at once) closest to the other without a back injury wins. ;^)

Congratulations, Marc. Many blessings are in store, as you well know. I thank you for what you do by sharing your knowledge of woodworking with all of us. I have learned a great deal from your site.
All the best to you and your growing family.

For 18 years now half my basement is dedicated to my shop. This space includes the HVAC system. What I’ve done to good effect is have the intake vented to the outside, thus air used for combustion comes in from outside and then is vented outside. It’s a closed system so shop dust isn’t an issue. Also good for efficiency as your not creating the vacuum that standard systems create. Did I mention vacuum? I’ve invested a lot of money on dust collection as well.

Hi Guys,
It sounds like refrigeration is the best solution for storing shellac in the subtropics. However, if Mr. Nono (sp?) or anyone else still wants to use PEG to extend the life of shellac, that chemical may be easier to come by than he realizes. Laxatives such as MiraLAX are 100% PEG. (It includes no other ingredients.) My wife, who happens to be a chemist never listens to your show, but she happened to pass by while I was listening and offered up this tidbit of information.

Thanks for another great show

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