WT312 – Baby Paul Bunyan


On today’s show we’re talking about hand tool fatigue, using a woodworking miter saw as a metal cut-off saw, and the right finish for furniture in a rental property.

What’s On the Bench

  • Marc has a secret…and is unemployable
  • Matt went to Toronto…eh?
  • Shannon had a last minute, literally, Father’s day gift to make

What’s New

  • David shared a great article by Artisan Craftsman, David Stine
  • David Barron made some cool adjustments to his Moxon vise.


  • Rockler isn’t carrying the Deck Chair hardware anymore. Anyone know someone who is? Let us know. But here are some sources for plans and Sketchup models from Fine Woodworking and Popular Woodworking
  • Bill wants to know if your production schedules would change for free content on YouTube
  • Rob wants to use his Harrys razor but turn a fancy wooden handle

Featured Topics

  • Lacy is adding metal work and wants to know if a compound miter saw can be used or if a dedicated metal cut off saw is better.


  • Scott needs advice on finishing a table that could get some abuse from vacation renters.
  • Johnny has a smaller 18″ chainsaw and needs advice for felling and milling a large tree.
  • Mitch is having muscle soreness after working with his hand tools and looking for advice.

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16 replies on “WT312 – Baby Paul Bunyan”

Wow, this Stine guy really likes himself, doesn’t he? I deal with a lot of laywers. They are always the smartest, most self righteous people in the room. I guess he held on to those traits when he gave up practicing law.

I hate hipsters too. I have when something I love becomes a trend. I hate when I sit in a restaurant I have been going to for years and the tourists at the table next me are taking selfies with the food. I hate mass marketed crap. Sorry David, you are not special for hating these things. Most people do.

Like Shannon said, there is a glimmer of hope in his essay. I wish he would have focused more on that aspect. People are seeking out higher quality things. Restaurants list the farms that grow and raise their ingredients. Shoe manufactures proudly say they source leather from Horween (one of the few tanneries left in the US). But all of that comes at a price tag, be it a $150 meal for two or a $350 pair of shoes.

Also kind of ironic that he talks so much about authenticity, but someone else writes his blog for him. I get it, he is busy. But when someone else writes your blog, it is not a blog. It is a press release.

Hi guys,

Love the show. In response to the caller from your last show who is looking for an 8 inch plus jointer that works on 110v. There is the Inca jointer/planer combo model 550 and 570 that can be wired for either 115v (20 amp) or 220v. I have a 570 which is the 10in model and love it. Although they don’t make them anymore you can still find parts (Eagle tools in CA) and information on the frequented yahoo user group for all things INCA related.

Thanks and keep up the good work.

The “vetting” comment from Fine Woodworking was unfortunately misunderstood. Asa was correct, in that with lots of people putting out woodworking information, some is poor or dangerous. Some of the YouTube videos with table saws are frightening.
And Marc probably didn’t mean to say woodworking magazines are worthless (or was that his point?). I get a lot from Fine Woodworking, and I think a lot of us do.

i agree, I like FWW magazine and have been a subscriber for 5+ years. It is still my favorite peice of woodworking content.

I don’t want to speak for him, but I think Marc meant that from a content producer’s standpoint, he no longer sees FWW as a threat, competition or the guardian of the woodworking media world. In 2005 they more or less owned the woodworking content space, in terms of subscribers and ad dollars. Not so much anymore. as much as I love the magazine, their online offering is pretty terrible. The archives are a great resource, but outside of that there is really nothing to be gained from their digital offering.

I think “Moved passed that format” and “Don’t even worry about subscribing to these magazines” says it all. When something has moved passed a format it is worthless, especially if noone worries about subscribing to that particular format.

Yesterday I got a magazine in the mail that was written by architects, educated designers and craftsmen with years of proven success in the design-and-make world. It was good and inspirational, and it even had several small, but professionally made videos online.

We all know who the hottest amateur on Youtube is now. He’s publishing at least a good video a week, getting 2-400 000++ views in a few weeks and is approaching 300 000 subscribers fast. He’s a first rate video producer, but as a woodworker on a relatively beginners level. It’s incredibly fun to watch, but it has little or no inspirational value.

What I like about him, besides his exceptional video productions, is his very humble soft-spoken style. Degrading or making fun of design and woodworking professionals is the very last think he would do.

Although you said, “We all know….” I actually don’t know who you’re talking about. Seems we have a lot of folks making great videos and garnering subscribers at a really good rate. Who are you talking about specifically? Just curious.

I actually subscribe to FWW, Popular woodworking, and Wood based on what woodtalk has said about them! I am also the younger generation so that should say something good about woodtalk! I really enjoy the read and have started to buy books about woodworking!

Hi Marc. You said you were installing home automation system. Can you elaborate on what system or brand you went with? Thanks.

Stine’s article was an interesting read. I am in the unique situation of working for one of the largest cabinet makers in the US and doing a little wood working on the side. He is right about all the buzz words and what consumers want and we tailor to some of those. It took me a long time to come to terms with my job. I hated that we used particle board carcasses. We satisfy a market. We will never go into Stine’s market, it is too high end. That is what I have come to realize. I take pride in what I do on the side and take pride in what the company I work for does. Everyone has a place in the market.
Thanks for sharing the article.

If all else fails, Ball and Ball Reproductions in Exton PA, will do custom castings for reproductions. They are “near” you Shannon, much closer to me, but you will go crazy (and poor) with all of the custom early american solid castings. I suspect you already know about them.

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