WT306 – Is that a Log in Your Pocket or a Snake?

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On today’s show we’re talking about sanding between coats, spalting your wood for fun and profit, resaw or plane, and hobbies outside of woodworking.

What’s On the Bench

  • Marc is nearing the end of the Barrister Bookcase.
  • Matt put the sofa table on display at the Northern Woods Show.
  • Shannon has a panel joint fail and doesn’t know why.

What’s New

  • The effect of the chipbreaker in a hand plane.
  • Eww snake or really big worm inside a log.
  • Jared shared that Tormek has a new straight edge jig coming out that will allow you to grind convex edges like plane blade cambers.
  • Cool video about a guy making wooden skiis.


  • On the topic of restoring tools that losing their soul, Wade gets philosophical and quotes Theseus’ Paradox
  • Brian says engrave your Driver’s License number on your tools to help get them back if stolen.
  • Ben makes fun of Marc for having a landline.

Featured Topics

  • Dave is curious if we have any other hobbies outside of woodworking.


Jason wants to know about the value of a floor model planer over a benchtop model and if going from 15″ to 20″ capacity really makes that big of a difference.


  • Trustin wants to make boxes and wonders if he should buy a planer to get thinner box boards or buy a bandsaw and resaw them thinner.
  • Brandon wonders if we have ever spalted our own lumber.
  • Bob is looking for advice on a sandpaper to use between coats.

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13 replies on “WT306 – Is that a Log in Your Pocket or a Snake?”

Not woodworking related but if you ever want to cut the cost and keep your landline. You can get a little box like the Cisco SPA112 (2 lines), I use voip.ms and transfered my line/did there, it cost me around 2$ a month average since we almost never use that line. (you obviously need internet).

So Shannon’s panel failure has me thinking….I’m in the progress of making a 5/8″ thick panel for an outdoor screen door. I need to glue 2 pieces together to make the panel. Should I use a good glue OR epoxy?

I really enjoyed the conversation about hobbies other than woodworking. I keep fish and once you get past what the pet big box stores offer you have 2 basic choices: spend a lot of money or make it yourself. If you do a YouTube search of “Build a Fish Tank Stand” there are folks that build maybe/ maybe not something that will hold a glass enclosure of water (8.35 lbs per gallon) and most of them are not attractive. It’s not that they have poor intentions, they just have a lack of knowledge and most of them would rather spend the on fish and filtration. So, my case, a 300 gallon tank with a 75 gallon sump (I’ll let you do the math and a sump is another tank that is a customizable filter to deal with fish waste.)

Long story short, woodworking fed my fish keeping and led me to building my wife’s dinning room table, and wall clocks….

I had the same problem Marc does with the land line but found a free solution. I transferred my home number to one of those ATT pay as you go phones with no monthly contract. I think I had 10 minutes of talk time added so I could use it if I needed. I went to the ATT store, not Walmart. Then, after a week or so, I transferred that to Google Voice. You can’t transfer a land line directly, hence the temp phone. Then I sold the cheap phone to a friends daughter who needed a pay as you go phone. Now my land line number rings on my cell phone and I have a ton of controls and features I can use with it like forwarding, and such. Best of all, it’s free!

Yep, I’ve done this too. You can port your landline to a new postpaid or prepaid line with a major cell phone carrier, then port it to Google Voice for a one-time $20 fee. After porting, there is no monthly cost.

Hey Marc,

If/when you need to move your shop again, try to get a moving truck with a lift-gate. This will allow you to move your heavy equipment onto a platform that will literally lift your precious (and inconceivably heavy) tools up to the floor-level of the truck. I used one in my last move, and it was well worth the small extra cost.

Besides, who wants to push/pull all of their stuff up a flimsy aluminum ramp, when instead you can ride and operate a nifty hydraulic lift?

I must live in the wrong part of the country. I have two houses (chicago suburbs and southwest Michigan) and in neither place is the mobile service reliable enough to ditch my land lines. Dropped calls and poor connections, especially inside my house, are still ridiculously common. If you are already paying for cable and internet a home phone is basically free.

Irony here is that my other hobby is alpine skiing. I’m a volunteer ski patroller and professional ski instructor during the winter months.

The old wood brown glue just ain’t what it used to be, ain’t what it used to, ain’t what it used to be…

Continue singing on your own guys.

This is in response to the discussion about cutting your landline.

There’s an excellent reason to not cut your landline even if you rarely use it.

Cell phones and VOIP require electrical service to your router or a cell tower. Landline telephones however are powered by the telephone line itself. During a power outage for whatever reason, either the cell tower or your router could be non-functional.

In a case like that you would have no means to communicate with the outside world. Except for perhaps smoke signals….

This would be particularly bad if you had an emergency at the home or shop and needed to call 911 during the outage.

On the other hand a landline would continue to function as long as it has conductivity.

@Mark, I was in a similar situation with an old phone number that a lot of people had that I wanted to ditch. My solution was to port the number to google voice (Google.com/voice). It costs $20 to port but after that it’s free. And you can install the app on your cell phone so you can get calls no matter where you are.

Forgot to say Rich, this advantage of landlines is quickly going away as phone companies are shifting their networks to fiber from copper lines

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