WT277 – Blosch’s Powdered Metal Glide

On today’s show we’re talking about laminated leg vise chops, managing scrap wood, and loose tenon joinery methods. Plus we do some tool reviews on the Bosch Glide Miter Saw and Veritas’ PM-V11 steel.

Just a quick correction, we thanked Joel Laviolette and mistook him for our friend Joe Laviolette. Apologies Joel and we think you are just as cool as Joe!

What’s on the Bench?

  • Marc made a taper jig to put tapers on some monster legs on his gaming table Guild build
  • Shannon got to put PM-V11 steel to the test

What’s New?

  • Start building Barrel tables and make millions! Marc went viral with his picture of a barrel table that reached 20.5 Million – 171,000 shares – 6,500 comments, and a few hundred emails asking me where they can buy it!
  • Theo Jansen’s crazy wind powered sculptures
  • David sent us an Instructables link called Dovetails for Dummies and we question when anyone would ever want to make long grain dovetails as shown in the tutorial


  • Marc gives a thumbs up on the Bosch Glide Miter Saw but wishes it had quick clamps
  • Shannon gives a thumbs up on PM-V11 steel stating that it does seem to last longer and sharpen quicker


  • There is no N in Restaurateur!
  • Tom and Prescott both has helpful advice relating to our conversation about leveling a table base to the top from episode 275


Gerard called in with a question about a potential cross grain issue with the design of The Milkman’s Workbench


  • George wants to know if it will be okay to glue together some 16/4 Maple for his workbench leg vise chop or if the glue line will be a weak point.
  • David wants to know how to tame his scrap bin and what rules of thumb we follow to manage our scrap wood stash.
  • Jake wants to know what we think of the Beadlock system as a cheaper alternative for making loose tenon joinery

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25 replies on “WT277 – Blosch’s Powdered Metal Glide”

I made a blanket chest that had long grain dovetails. It was frame and panel so the grain in the stiles was going that way but I wanted to do dovetails. It was early on in my woodworking so I didn’t really know any better and probably wouldn’t do it again. What I liked about it though was that rather than the usual contrast of face grain vs end grain it was face grain vs side grain, in oak. So it was more of a subtle textural difference between the two. That was about 10 years ago and I haven’t heard of it failing.

Just a quick note regarding one of Marc’s comments regarding the Sand Beast, apparently when it gets to the water, it stops, reverses and goes back the other way lol neat hey

Another enjoyable podcast.

I’m not in tune with Marc’s world outside of this podcast, so the hint about departing from Festool was interesting. Could you elaborate for us that only follow you guys through the podcast?

The Bosch commentary was interesting. I’ve been contemplating upgrading to the Kapex primarily for the dust collection that it has the reputation for. Yet Marc doesn’t seem to be bothered by Bosch’s poor dust collection implementation. Does that mean the Kapex’s dust collection is overrated or the Bosch doesn’t bother you for other reasons. I’d appreciate any more insight that you may have.

P.s. Don’t you guys know that it’s been years now since wood has been determined to be a better cutting surface for meats than plastic. Stop dissing wood πŸ˜‰ See http://faculty.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/faculty/docliver/Research/cuttingboard.htm, which dispels the notion that plastic is better than wood (it’s actually worse).

Depends on how it is being used and cleaned. Running a wood cutting board trough steam sanitation is not going to be good for it for example.

And a quick look at that link only gives a few specific situations when it is better than plastic.

I thought you were “Dissing” Bosch with title “Blosch’s Glide Saw” Had mine for a year and 1/2 now and sooo happy wit it’s performance. My sled gets less use but the accuracy had stayed true. It’s in my shop not on a truck so I don’t know about how is stands up to field work. But Bosch’s reputation is for construction not fine woodworking,

On the screws vs cut nails vs wire nails, though I think this is more carpentry than woodworking, there are times when nails are much better than screws. This is because the metal in them is softer so that they do not shear of as readily. This is why at least until more modern high performance screws were available you needed to use nails to attach things like joist hangers. They have more give and don’t snap off as readily meaning they are stronger in that use.

Hi Guys
Hey first thanks always for a great show!
Just a quick request for Marc.
Marc as you are doing the testing on the Bosch Glide, could you include crosscutting some 8/4 hardwood. I have always wanted to buy one of these saws but was afraid it might not to be able to handle my crosscutting requierments. I work with a lot of 8/4 stock and would like to be able to use something besides my big 14″ DeWalt R/A Saw.

Thanks for all of the good you guys to for the woodworking world


Have been considering the Bosch Glide. Enjoyed the review. A video in in the works ?

By the way, if you keep the Bosch, will the Kapex need a new home ?

A little bit of kickback for you guys. Shannon mentioned the unsanitary nature of wood cutting boards in favor of plastic or polymer surfaces. The truth, from what I have read, is quite the opposite. My understanding is wood pulls moisture from the surface, and thus killing the bacterial fairly quickly. Basically, the study found that it was nearly impossible to recover bacteria from wood surfaces, but was readily recovered from plastic surfaces.

The following blurb is from the conclusions of a peer-reviewed journal article (sorry I’m a nerd) on the subject of cutting board surfaces (Nese, Cliver, and Casper):

β€œIn these preliminary studies, we encountered unexpected difficulty in recovering inoculated bacteria from wood surfaces, regardless of wood species and whether the boards were new or used and untreated or oiled. This may be similar to the findings of Kampelmacher et al. and Ruosch, who contaminated wood surfaces and needed destructive methods to recover bacteria that had gone beneath the surfaces to which they had been applied. Inoculated bacteria were readily recovered from plastic surfaces, regardless of the polymer and whether the boards were new or used.”

Here is a like to the journal article if anyone is interested.


I agree making a jig for tapering legs is worth it. Recently made a dining table with tapered legs that went from 3 inch to 2 inch, unfortunately without a bandsaw or table saw. Took about 2 hours per side, 4 sides per leg. I found that tapering two opposite sides and then cleaning them up with hand planes, making sure the sides were still square, and then tapering the other two sides made it simple to keep everything straight and square. Still a lot of work.

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