WT446 – Upside Down Rainbow All The Way Across the Sky

On today’s show we’re talking about: troubles with a low angle Jack plane, does a square need to be square, and poly or varnish?

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What’s On the Bench

  • Marc finished up his Miter saw bench and built a lollipop rainbow
  • Matt is playing daddy while trying to work on his sideboard
  • Shannon got a new adze and is carving bowls

What’s New


Will has the Woodpecker’s DelVie square and it has become his most reached for tool.


  • An Ethiopian woodworker called in for advice on locating used industrial grade machinery
  • Stan is a dentist who called in to comment on Marc’s dental power carving experience
  • Spencer is excited to get rid of his miter saw fence

Lumber Industry Update

Thousand canker disease is rampant and Walnut is quarantined from import from other states. Check out the quarantine map to see how it might effect you.


    • Differences between polyurethane and varnish
    • Dan wonders how important it is for a square to be perfectly square
    • Andres is having trouble with his low angle jack when he pushes it, yet it works when he pulls it.

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4 replies on “WT446 – Upside Down Rainbow All The Way Across the Sky”

So… yeah, my smoother and block planes work great. Now I have to clean my bench enough that I can lay it down and chop the legs a few inches. Thanks for the extra work, I guess.

But really… Any time in the shop is good time, right?

I don’t have a fence, either side, for the miter saw, other than what is part of the saw. The saw sits at one end and on top of a long workbench. I use a loose support block to hold up longer pieces. It’s primary use is breaking down large boards, rarely do I expect any precision.

I got rid of my miter fence about 2.5 years ago, the only problem l have had is that the open space becomes a catch all for everything. It takes longer to move everything, than to use it…
Mark, please put a battery in that coffee clock on your wall, it’s been at 4:45 for ever…

I made a miter saw station around a year ago and never made a fence because i hate making shop furniture. I never knew the debate was this strong. I saw the fences but they always seemed like more work then they were worth.

I cut rough boards as well and i also agree with the technique being a good safety factor. I have a glade and always stand on the right side of the saw hold the wood with my right hand and operate the trigger with the left. When the saw kicks back I’m no where near the saw head and I’m out of harms way.

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