WT282 – Replacement Matt

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On today’s show we’re talking about one work surface to rule them all, bark on a live edge slab, and choosing the right plane for the job.

We want to thank Matt Cremona for guest hosting on today’s show. You can check him out on YouTube, on his web site, or on all the various social media places like Twitter as @mattcremona

What’s on the Bench?

  • Marc’s shop time was supplanted by an emergency room visit for his son.
  • Matt is finishing up the cradle for his son and making a log lift for his trailer.
  • Shannon is still working on the Kids table and has decided that plywood with hand tools is doable, but slow.

What’s New?


  • Samuel wants to know why everything woodworking related on Google redirects to Ted’s Woodworking.


  • Jack is curious about how many workbenches/spaces does a shop need
  • James wants to know how to keep the bark from falling off his live edge slab
  • George wants to know if there is a rule of thumb for the size of hand plane to use for a particular board

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18 replies on “WT282 – Replacement Matt”

Awesome episode, glad to see Matt Cremona step up to the plate for the other other Matt. Marc, your reference to Flight of the Conshords was the icing on the cake. Sorry Matt, but you would totally pass as Bret’s stunt double or estranged brother.

This one is for Marc. Don’t beat yourself up too much. You share him with us and from I can see, you are a great dad. Mateo just as easily could have pulled the pan on himself while on the kitchen helper. By the grace of God, it was not worse. Hope he heals quickly and YOU feel better equally fast. The show is great and I enjoy every minute. Keep up the great work!

Regarding regulations for children’s products, Matt mentioned that he followed the CPSC guidelines for cribs, but indicated that they did not contain information for child safe finishes. Regulations for child safe finishes in terms of allowable chemical content (lead, phthalates, cadmium etc.)would be found under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) as well as California Prop. 65. Reading and attempting to select a finish based on these will give you a migraine and are not worth the investment in time (I deal with these as part of my day job). Sticking with FDA approved food safe finishes, such as salad bowl finish, was a smart choice.

Just wanted to say I wanted to say that I Loved hearing Matt Cremona on the show. I once emailed him about how I could salvage lumber from a cedar tree at my childhood home. I got a response within 12 hours about ways to help the logs dry, milling, and storage. I hope to hear Cremona on the show again soon.

When it comes to plane you cannot just select a plane based on length of board. Planes have different functions. Smoothing #2,3,4, jack plane #5 and joiners #6,7,8. Not sure you really answered his question. Like any tool what are you planning on doing and select the correct tool for the job.

I disagree. Of course there are functional names applied to the planes as you said but think about it. What is it that defines a jointer? Its the plane you use to get a really flat board. Why is that? Because it has a really long sole and will flatten a board to within your depth of cut along the entire length of the sole. A smoother is used for cleaning up and preparing for finish. It does this well because it can get into the valleys of a board because of its shorter sole. It gives you a flat board to the depth of its cut along the length of its sole, just like the jointer. So are you saying that because its called a smoother I can joint with it? What if my board is only 8″ long? It doesn’t make sense to haul out a 22″ long jointer just because it’s called a jointer. On the contrary you select the plane based on its length in relation to the board AND its length in relation to the intended function. Usually those two are closely related.

You are assuming all planes are tuned alike. When in fact their design is specific to their function. A No. 5 Jack Plane was designed and should be tuned to perform rough planing for example. Check out “The Handplane Book” by Garrett Hack, Taunton Press, 1999.

So just read the whole book or is there a specific part? LOL. I could grab that book of my shelf or just go back to work at my bench. Frogs can be adjusted to open or tighten a mouth, blades can be adjusted to change the depth of cut. The designs you speak of are the same to all of the typical Stanley planes. Yes you may have to make some adjustments to go from smoothing to rough work but my comments still stand that for the most efficient work you choose your sole length based on the board. This is why the “jack” plane is named as such because of it middle of the road length makes it the most versatile for smoothing and rough work for a wide variety of board sizes.

In response to Teds Woodworking Plans as discussed on the show.

I have been working on a new project drawing high quality downloadable plans. These plans are my own versions and designs of common woodworking projects, and designs that I dreamed up.

I don’t have 16,000 for sale yet, but I’m drawing like crazy. I do have a suggestion form for ideas of plans to be drawn to add to the collection and grow the site. http://www.thewoodencraftsman.com/
Maybe I can give Ted a run for his SEO money so he won’t be the only thing that comes up when searching for woodworking project ideas and plans

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