WT327 – Upright Wench

On today’s show, we’re talking about oil stones vs water stones, how to avoid mistakes related to rushing, and setting pricing expectations

What’s On the Bench

  • Marc is making through mortise and tenons on his Grandfather Clock
  • Matt is making an Apple Press
  • Shannon was installing hinges and narrowly avoided a mistake on his Blanket Chest

What’s New


  • Brian broke one of his torrefied wood handles on his Veritas chisels


We got a call back about accessories for moulding planes not block planes and Shannon is still confused.


  • Matt wants to know how to not rush because he keeps screwing things up by hurrying.
  • Jack wants to know how to manage the requests from friends and family, “hey, can you make…”
  • Jared is using water stones but is wondering is oil stones would be better for him since he doesn’t have to flatten them as much.

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4 replies on “WT327 – Upright Wench”

Shannon, thanks for pronouncing Ballistol correctly (it’s a pet peeve of mine).

Marc, to stop those calls during the show, just start recording at unusual times: 3AM, for example. Problem solved!

Hey guys, when you’re designing a project how do you decide on the proportions of your projects parts? Are those stiles and rails in some golden ratio to the panel? What width and height should those drawer fronts be? Basically, how can an amateur hobbyist start to learn furniture design principles?

Also I think Marc is purposely setting his phone off to let Matt and Shannon know when to wrap it up 😉

Hey Marc, Shannon, and My Fromona,

I also had a torrified handle break on me. I was abusing it without a doubt. I was pounding away on the 1″ PMV bench chisel trying to carve out the angled through mortise(?) for Roy Underhill’s Big Ash Mallet (except it was honey locust instead of ash). Sure enough the handle split right in half. The guys at Lee Valley were awesome and sent a new handle right out. I had to use my hand held rotary tool to remove the torrified remains which was a pain in the ass but it looks as good as new now. I don’t think I’ll be pounding on it like that again.

Love the show,

Exton, PA

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