WT324 – Matt Knows Offerman

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On today’s show, we’re talking about getting hot with epoxy, outdoor bar top options, and jointing a strip of moulding by hand.

What’s On the Bench

  • Marc is playing with a new mobile recording set up
  • Matt is preparing for WIA for sawing sticks into slabs
  • Shannon got some veneer and is rolling around on the floor with it

What’s New

  • Kyle shared the Woman’s Guide to Woodworking

Kickback

  • Nick says we could get Nick Offerman on the show since Matt knows him.
  • Nick agrees with Shannon about avoiding too much contrast in your wood species.

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  • Kevin was using 2 part epoxy and it melted the cup he was mixing it in.
  • Brian is building an outdoor bar and wondering whether to use wood or concrete for the top
  • Mark is wondering how to hold a triangular moulding to plane the back by hand

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17 replies on “WT324 – Matt Knows Offerman”

I have already used 6 or 7 coats of pharmiceutical grade mineral oil. I’m just now thinking of 2-3 coats of diluted MinWax wipe-on satin poly.

Marc, trivia junkie here… the “teeth” on the top of a castle is a crenellated battlement. The spaces are the crenellations, which allow archers to shoot through the wall. The solid parts were called merlons, and gave the archers something to hide behind. I would still go with calling them teeth, as that probably makes a better tale for whoever the young user will be. 🙂

Yup, that’s the part the crenellations go around. You can build a battlement on the roof of a structure if it doesn’t have a parapet to begin with (retrofitting your grandaddy’s castle was all the rage, once upon a time…).

Quick comment on epoxy. I’ve found that I can use plastic cups as long as I pour it onto a flat surface, usually a piece of aluminum foil right after mixing. I also get a longer working time, at least it seems like I do.

Hi guys! Good job with the show. Been listening for a long time now. I think Bart, Sharron and the other guy do a great job! Lots of information, and the presenters aren’t too annoying (well, maybe Bart is a little annoying, but his jokes make me chuckle). Keep up the good work!

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Regarding concrete outdoor countertops, especially for larger things like bartops it is easier to pour in place. Do marine grade plywood on the bottom then build the form using the PVC boards used for fences etc or melamine. Wire mesh is definitely suggested with anything over 1.5″ thick. To finish you can use a grinder with diamond wheel to grind down anything rough then seal it. Indiana weather hasn’t changed my parents outdoor bar in over two years.

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