WT314 – Frank Lloyd Wrong?

On today’s show, we’re talking about finish on a shower stool, hand cut miters, and building a shop on a budget.

What’s On the Bench

  • Marc finished up 4 projects fighting the sun and the heat
  • Matt was ripping potato chip long casement moulding
  • Shannon has begun changing the lighting around in his shop to track lights and LED smart bulbs

What’s New

  • Jonathan shared that a Frank Lloyd Wright house is for sale
  • Its a wooden Jeep!
  • Making “Cognition” and incredible piece that will make you feel bad about your own woodworking.


  • Robert says his project speed is slow because he “isn’t that talented”
  • We talked about making a Kuksa on the last show and Jarrod Stone Dahl wrote an article in Popular Woodworking on turning a handle vessel
  • Dr Nono recommends Chris Pye’s online school for woodcarving
  • Peter says that after spending so much on tools and wood he feels obligated to work faster to justify it.


  • AJ is wondering how to set up his 3 room shop
  • Brandy got mad at her table saw and now it just whines


  • Nick wants to know what kind of finish, if any, to use on a Jatoba shower stool
  • Dave wants to know how to make accurate hand cut miters
  • Mark has shop envy and wants to know how to overcome it

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13 replies on “WT314 – Frank Lloyd Wrong?”

What happened to the table saw is probably she broke the cotter pin or the key way or the setting screw. Or burnt the belt.

On the subject of workshop envy, I keep a copy of FWW #106, page 118 on my bulletin board, in an attempt to curb my desire for more and better tools and machines.

I wish I could say that reading it controls my avarice. It doesn’t altogether, but it does make me feel appropriately guilty to ponder this example of high quality work produced without the latest and greatest.

After reading Shannon’s article in POP woodworking, I’m left wondering how Shannon feels seeing the lumber dimensions given in the wish lists (thickness by width by length, but all in inches, 4/4 x 6″ x 8″, for example). Is it a win, or a loss?

A Frank Lloyd Wright house might sound great in concept, but they weren’t all well built or well designed: I.e., Waterfall. He is famous for his ideas, and less for execution.

I was just asked to answer a question on Amazon about the Microjig Zeroplay miter bars. I though you might like the answer that I gave. The question was ‘How exactly do these bars guarantee a perfectly square cut on the table saw’, my answer was “Sorry mate, they don’t. What they do is allow you to set up your slide and not have it wobble side to side. This is the first most important step. If it wobbles you can’t get consistency. BUT, having set your base up to slide accurately, Google “the wood whisperer 5 cut squaring method” or the original that Mark refers to by one of his mentors “William Ng 5 cut squaring method”. I can personally assure you that not only does this method work brilliantly, with these miter bars and William/Marks set up method, your table saw will from now on give you consistently perfect cross cuts. As an important aside, if you decide to watch any of Mark or Williams free videos, or if you join their guilds and watch the lid videos, you will almost certainly become a better woodworker as they are both absolutely excellent teachers. I am proof positive and hope that I have been helpful. Good luck and take care, Phil. I hope you don’t mind my splashing your name about on other sites but I am very grateful for all that I have learned so far as both general public and as a guild member. And this podcast is without a doubt the best value for money on the planet. You three are worth at least ten times what I pay to listen to you each week 🙂 (Aussie humour lol) take care and keep up the great work, see ya

Laughed out loud when I heard mention of the table saw and 14″ bandsaw in the corner. I was gifted both by my grandfather about 6-months ago and put the drill press in the corner and the band saw next to it. Needless to say I wound up buying some wheels to put em on. 🙂

I’m getting caught up on listening to WoodTalk, specifically WT311. You were talking about putting lights inside of furniture, you were working on barrister bookcases. I thought I’d tell you that I put LED lights in a 4 case barrister bookcase that no longer holds books but hold mainly pewter and mementos. It looks terrific.

Regarding the saw, it could be the bushings as was mentioned. Replacements can be purchased online from the maintenance/parts website. Also, there is a defect in the power switch on that saw, which easily burns out if the saw is bogged down. A upgraded replacement only costs a few dollars on Amazon, but doesn’t match the exact dimensions. A proper upgraded replacement costs a few dollars more, available on the manufacturer website as well. If you are capable of using a table saw, these repairs are well within your capability as well. Just put it back together in reverse order of removal (take a few photos).

It’s well worth buying those very cheap items and replacing them before junking the saw it worse, trying to get to a distant service center for repair. However, Ridgid table saws have a lifetime warranty on almost all parts and problems outside of flagrant misuse, as long as the item was registered and enrolled shortly after purchase. While the Ridgid table saws aren’t a Powermatic, they are expensive enough to keep running and they get the job done.

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