On today’s show, we’re going to share some great links from around the web and we’ll answer a bunch of your emails. It’s all about the email today baby.
What’s on the bench?
Shannon: is very proud of his compound miter (hopper) joint!
Matt: attempted to sharpen his Craftsman saw and actually had good results!
Marc: just had a great interview with Paul Schurch in the Guild and the house just received an upgrade to 400 amp service.
Around the Web
Check out the Table of Contents from Bob Lang’s new compilation of Craftsman Furniture Shop Drawings.
Lie Nielsen posted this crazy saw on their Facebook Page. Roy Underhill’s custom single-stroke dovetail saw.
First off, Awesome show. I am new to woodworking and my future wife has FINALLY given me permission to build a couple of simple tables for our upcoming wedding. However, she would like them to look old and antique. Through minor research I have seen people using a solution of vinegar and steel wool to distress wood. I am pretty sure I can take some aggression out on the wood to make it look old, but I am lost when it comes to finishing. How do I make these tables look like they were made 100 years ago.
I’m building a tea box for my nana and i’ve been trying to cut dovetails in some scrap soft maple. i’m using a crown gent’s saw but no matter how careful i am i can’t seem to get the cut without gaps (mostly further down in the cut). Is it me pushing down to hard and causing the blade to move preventing a nice plumb cut, or is the gent’s saw blade simply too flexible? In a way i’m hoping it is so i have an excuse to buy the Veritas dovetail saw haha.
— Greg DiMarzio
I am in the process of building a baby doll cradle out of plywood scraps that I had leftover. I’m trying to use templates and a flush trim bit in the router table to get consistent curves in the front, back, and sides. First attempts have just been awful. I expected the usual plywood tearout, but I am finding that once I remove the template from plywood, the veneer is actually pulling off completely about 2 – 3 inches from the edge in a few spots. Add to that the process of removing double-sided mounting tape from already peeling veneer, and I’m sure you can get the picture. The bit is relatively new and sharp. The plywood is birch veneer from a hardwood dealer with thicker veneer and much nicer plys than the home center stuff. Do you guys have any thoughts on what I might do to prevent (or at least minimize this) before I attempt the other pieces? The router is set to the highest speed. Should I slow it down? What about template fastening methods? Anything that might be easier to remove than double sided mounting tape?
Shannon mentioned his Plywood Pricing and Grading Article