Wood Talk No. 128

April 10, 2013

On today’s show, we’re talking about green mineral spirits, wood floor coating options, designing for strength, fixing a hand-cut mortise, Arm-R-Seal alternatives in the UK, riving knife usage, carving tools, radial arm saws, cross-cut sled usage, steel hardness, butcher block finishes, using good old elmers glue, and sprung joints.

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Bo has a comment regarding our discussion about liability and insurance for a woodworker thinking about opening his shop to teach a few friends:

“Your advice on Episode 127 concerning liability and insurance, for non-lawyers, was very good. The validity of waivers varies from state to state, so what may be valid in Maryland, Michigan or Arizona may not be valid somewhere else. Local attorneys will need to be consulted as to the validity in that jurisdiction.

Even if valid, a waiver must be proven valid, which means that the person relying on the waiver will need to hire a lawyer, who will need to ask the court to dismiss the claim based on the waiver. The lawyer may have to file a written motion, read any response and file a reply, and attend a hearing to get the waiver enforced. That will likely cost several thousand dollars if all goes well. Insurance is much cheaper. Never rely solely on a waiver.

Michael has another suggestion for a resource on understanding apprenticeship systems in days gone by:
“Thanks for answering my question this week about liability insurance! You guys were mentioning the US apprentice system and how it differs from Europe and I thought I’d send you a link for a book I’ve been reading that goes into this exact topic. It’s called Shop Class As Soulcraft, and I believe it’s s NY Times best seller. Anyway, it deals with why the industrial arts tapered off since the industrial revolution, but also the intrinsic benefits of creating things and being autonomous in an increasingly instant gratification world. Worth checking out if you have the time.

Bill has an idea to answer Erick’s question about working the surface of thin stock for a lamination:

“I was wondering if you have seen the ‘Sand Flee’? I’ve seen them at the local Rockler, and for small shops, this seems like great solution.”

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