Wood Talk No. 134

May 30, 2013

On today’s show, we’re talking about the Handworks event in Iowa, locking miter joints, quality dividers, locating an air filter, using OSB, dealing with large wet slabs, and alternatives to weight down your boards when stickering and stacking.
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  • Handworks happened in Amana, Iowa this past weekend.
  • Benchcrafted posted some great pictures of the event at benchcrafted.blogspot.com
  • Chris Bagby from Highland Woodworking posted a great article of the event at the Highland Woodworking Blog and a photo tour.

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Just wrapped up listening to episode 138. The guy that was asking about an alternative to pressure treated could also look at Locust. It will actually last longer in contact with the ground than pressure treated. I am about to have a bunch of it sawn up. I plan on building using it to build a bench top and some cabinet tops for my shop. If I can get enough of it I may use it to replace my deck boards with it.

Tim in Ottawa-
I think its a great time to be a hobbyist woodworker.

There are so many great resources for learning both free and paid. We have this podcast, Marc’s guild, Matt and Shannon’s sites and tons of of others. We have Charles Neil’s Master Class and his new Finishing class. We have ton’s of books and specialized publishers such as Taunton Press and Chris Swartz’s Lost Press.

We have positive leaps in safety from the awareness and education of Safety Day to accessories such as the Grrr-Ripper and tools such as the SawStop.

There are plenty of machinery companies competing to give us great machines at low prices. Everything from Grizzly to Hammer with a range in between.

Handtools are doing great with big companies such as Lee-Nielson and Veritas giving us a steady stream of new products and lots of smaller companies giving great niche products.

We have wood shows and magazine seminars. Most cities still have community colleges teaching woodworking and for us hobbyists looking for specialized education there are schools such as Rosewood or William Ng Woodworking School.

There are tons of discussion forums such as SawMill Creek, WoodTalk and countless others. There is Lumberjocks which is a world onto its own.

How doe you guys feel – isn’t this a great time to be into woodworking?


I recently found online locking miter joint bits and am curious if you guys use them and if so are they strong on larger projects? I can see the use in smaller projects especially in replacement of splines.Jacob

I recently picked up a Jet air filter for my 2-car garage shop, but I don’t where exactly to put it.
My shop’s ceiling is low… 87” (7ft-3in). The filter is 12” tall. I’m 6’ tall.
I remembering reading something about not placing it near your dust collection system and that it should be near a wall to promote circulating air in the shop, but that’s the extent of my knowledge (right or wrong) on the subject.
I’ve included a planned layout of the shop (which is very close to the way it is now) and a picture of the lighting upgrades I did about a year ago.
How close to wall should they go?
How far away from the DC should they be?
Do they have to be hung from the ceiling?
Do they have to be hung in the standard orientation or can they be rotated?
Any advice would be appreciated.
—- Tim

I have a few questions about dividers:

1. Do you have any good sources for inexpensive / quality dividers? I see the Starett versions but they seem like overkill for me. If you disagree, please explain.
2. I have two pair from Veritas but I find them to be quite blunt. Do you think should sharpen them to a fine point? If so how? Is there an advantage to how blunt they are?
—- Shawn

Just got my first commission today. Word is slowly spreading about being a woodworker, but I feel this one is more of a challenge than I anticipated. A friend of mine asked if I could repair her bathroom cabinet doors since they were falling apart, upon arrival I find particleboard. I told her that it can’t be repaired other than to trim the damaged area, thus making the doors smaller. She then asked if I could make a whole new cabinet. After hearing the average price for plywood, even the Home Depot grade, she said no. She asked me to build it out of an OSB sheet she had in the garage.

HER reasoning, is that its taking space and she doesn’t want to spend money on more plywood. I told her that it is not suited for the job but she insisted. Now I find myself thinking about sanding it, joints to use, finish to use before painting and any decoration I could put on it while only using OSB, do you guys have any pointers? By the way its 1/2 inchErnesto

I recently got my hands on two fresh cut live edge oak slabs. They are around 30 – 36 inches in diameter, 3 – 4 inches thick, with a very nice edge to them.

Do you have any idea how I should properly prepare these to turn into small tables? I don’t have access to a kiln. Unfortunately they are already starting to show small cracks in them.

Is there a way to stabilize the slabs to stop/reduce any cracking, and at the same time decrease the water content so I can actually use them? —- Milo

In episode 130 you mentioned offhandedly that you could cut up a log into board and then sticker and weigh down or “band” to let it air dry.

I have heard a lot about making sure that you weigh down your stack while it is air drying to help avoid warp and twist. Can I get the same effect by putting a 2×4 across the bottom and top of my pile and then a ratchet strap that I crank the heck out of?Dan

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