WT440 – All Spalt, No Maple

On today’s show we’re talking about: selling tools before you move, your first trip to a lumber yard, and table saw power.

What’s On the Bench

  • Marc is on round 2 of the edits for his new book
  • Matt tried resin stabilizing for the first time
  • Shannon is repairing some veneer with a patch

What’s New


  • William hates auto follow bots on Instagram
  • Matt asks if idiotic comments have made us retreat behind our respective pay walls.
  • James has some feedback on the Festool Domino

Lumber Industry Update

Is it the death of the board foot??


  • Eric is moving and asks what he should keep and what he should sell as he looks at moving into a smaller shop
  • Gregg has a 1.75 HP table saw and finds it is bogging down with relatively light jobs
  • Cathi is about to go to a real lumber yard for the first time and asks for advice on that first trip

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8 replies on “WT440 – All Spalt, No Maple”

In regards to “We Don’t Know Media”, I just saw a post by the Samurai Woodworker about his online school that he is starting. The comments on the post mentioned things like “Well it was nice watching the free content, but I guess I’ll have to go somewhere else because $20 a month is too rich for my blood.” $20 is how much it costs for two trips to Taco Bell. This really reiterates what yall were saying about woodworkers wanting to buy expensive tools, but being cheap about everything else. If you have ever watched any of the Samurai’s content, he does a superb job and has a lot that he can teach to others, and is definitely worth more than $20 a month. Well thanks for all that yall do, and thank you for not knitting.

Another Great episode! I wanted to share my thoughts on the spam bot instagram accounts. I have a private account, not because I don’t want to show people my stuff, but to keep these automated accounts from just scrapping stuff and getting friends list. I report these automated accounts daily, and every single time I have reported one Instagram has deleted the account.

Cathi, what part of the world do you live in? I’m sure someone here knows the best place to go in your area where you can feel comfortable.

Just remember that it doesn’t mean that jobs are going off-shore just because a Chinese company took ownership. They may leave production right here in the US and just drop everyone’s wages by 50%.

Have a good day.

Hey Mark that person that commented on your short video may not mean it as a negative. It could be they were just saying that they missed these type of shorts and were glad to see they were back.

As for the board foot it’s just like when the tools industry added metric items to their inventory it forces a price increase to the repair industry to go out and buy new tools to be able to continue to do their jobs and we really didn’t have a need for new sizes of nuts and bolts. Big income for the makers and big loss potentially for the repairers who don’t raise their prices because it is an insidious process of adding things 1 or 2 at a time and not realizing the total cost.

I don’t know what it is about lumber yards but they act like it’s a problem to help people. I guess they now that the big commissions come in the morning when the builders show up. Where else are you going to go? I only know of 1 lumber yard where you can get anything other than white wood as it’s now called and that’s close to an hour away.

With regards to Harvey industries. I purchased an 18 inch bandsaw from them a year or two ago. My only comment on the quality control was that the manual for it was from the equivalent Laguna bandsaw. Obviously these come out of the same factory, and something went wrong there.
Other than that, I’ve been very happy with my purchase.

Marc made the comment that we are sad little people if we have to wield the threat of unsubscribing. But our ability is the only thing we have to wield. I am really glad that Marc and the rest of you admitted that you don’t care about your subscribers before I subscribed, I guess this makes me one of those very sad little people because I won’t subscribe to your paid content now and I am telling you that. I am glad you all had a good laugh at how pathetic all the people who do subscribe really are. You may not realize this but if there is one person that expresses dissatisfaction about something there are others that feel the same and don’t express it so you may no want to discount and belittle the people who pay your bills.

Hey Dru. I’ll admit that it’s hard to take you seriously when you completely mis-represent what we said. Perhaps you can go back and listen again. You may not like what we have to say and that’s perfectly fine, but don’t fabricate words that didn’t come out of our mouths. We never said we don’t care about our subscribers and we certainly never said ALL of our subscribers are pathetic. Considering how much we do with the woodworking community, it would be ridiculous and insane for us to think that way let alone say it publicly.

I’ll reiterate. We are only talking about people who are disrespectful and act like we somehow owe them something. If ‘not subscribing’ makes you feel vindicated, then do your thing. That’s how this works, right? We put content out there. You watch/listen. You decide if you want to watch/listen again. But please don’t delude yourself into thinking your subscription is more than it is. There are more than enough kind, respectful, and encouraging people out there to help keep our channels alive and well and we’ll welcome all of them with open arms. Those great people and their subscriptions absolutely matter to us and we try to do right by them. But what you seem to be missing here is the fact that to us, the loss of a negative subscriber is actually a net gain. As always, you’re more than welcome to hang out, listen, and spread the woodworking love with us.

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