Wood Talk No. 141

July 25, 20130 Comments

On today’s show, we’re talking about preparing your tools for a move, using dangerous chemicals for finishing, carving gouge bevels, the ruler trick on bevel up planes, factory certifications, and cutting teeny tiny mortises.

What’s New

  • Festool Carvex Jigsaw comes out on Sept. 1st 2013. Cordless, exchangeable bases, brushless motors and all that Festool goodness!
  • AWFS starts TODAY until July 27th in Las Vegas.
  • Fine Woodworking Live August 8th-11th in New Haven Connecticut. Modern Woodworking Association trying to kick butt in the build-off.
  • Mary May makes her beginning carving videos FREE at www.marymaycarving.com!
  • Centipede Tool announces they reached enough funding to guarantee initial orders of their new sawhorses will go into production stating “Whether or not we hit our published target, we are already well underway to funding the first production run.” www.centipedetool.com
  • Dan found this site CLICK HERE that might just blow your minds and make you re-think the definition of a workbench:
    As you can see, this guy has made a portable workbench that fits on the Festool Systainer, which is cool in and of itself. But he goes one step further to create a version that is a router and jigsaw table! Mind blown.
  • John Economaki’s “Fog of War” Board How To.
  • Tom Buhl sent in this link and says “For all you over-thinkers out there!” Chris Schwarz’s Lost Art Press blog from July 18, 2013:
    “… you might assume that I like one kind of bench over all others. That’s not exactly true. My favorite kind of bench is the one that gets used.”

Emails

  • I’m in the military. With that, comes moving every couple of years. I recently got a great deal on a cabinet TS. What can I do before the movers come to pack my stuff up too prepare my tools for moving? I was thinking of removing the wings from the TS. Other things came to mind like removing the belt from the motor and possibly bracing the motor somehow.Wes
  • I’m looking to artificially age an American black cherry dinner table. I’ve considered using potassium dichromate or lye. I know there are inherent dangers in using these substances but the results seem to be superior to stains and dyes in achieving an aged look. Are the risks worth it? What are your opinions?Todd
  • Several months ago, I found a small set of carving gouges at a flea market and purchased them. The problem is that some have been sharpened with the bevel on the convex side, while others have the bevel on the concave side. The convex side would be much easier to sharpen, but may not function as well. What is the proper side for the bevel on a carving gouge?Ed
  • I have started using the “ruler trick” with my bevel down LV planes and I quite like it. Can the same “ruler trick” be used on my bevel up planes?Pug
  • I’m starting to look at bigger machines for the shop, and when comparing tools on Grizzly’s site, two of the data fields are “ISO 9001 Factory” and “CSA Certified”. I vaguely know that these have to do with industry standards and quality control, but what exactly do they mean and should it be a determining factor when choosing a tool?Dustin
  • I’m trying to cut small “mortises” – 1/2″ L x 1/8″ W x 1/2″ D – that will accept a piece of porcelain (for a coffee making setup). My issue is clearing out the bottom of the mortise without rounding over or cutting into the top of the mortise. Any tips? The only thought I had was to use a plunge router with a small bit.Damon

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