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1)First I want to say fantastic podcast guys. By far the best woodworking podcast out there. I recently discovered the podcast and have binge listened to old past episodes while building the cabinets for our new home.
We are building a new home with a shop / garage combo and I finally have the space to buy the tools that I have never had the space to own before. Next up on my list is a drill press and trying to decide what size to get. Bench top model vs floor model, size motor, features to look for, etc. I build furniture and cabinets mostly but like pushing my creative side and making other odd things as well. I want the best bang for the money but don’t mind spending a little extra to get what will be my lifetime drill press.
Thanks for your help. Keep up the good work. Plan to be a long time listener but I didn’t buy a SawStop so I might die soon! LOL. – Tom
2) My question is regarding learning more about design for my projects. Up to now most of my projects have been based on an existing design or product. I scroll Instagram, Pinterest, furniture store sites and find pieces similar to what I want and duplicate them or mash a few together to make my “own”. I’d like to start developing a design style of my own or pick a lane of design such as Mission or Greene and Greene and focus a little more on that.
Can you recommend any books or authors to give me a better understanding of the popular design periods that speak to the elements, features, woods used and so on for the various periods of design to help pick one?
I’d also be interested in any books that teach elements of a good design like proper proportions, and similar for furniture building so I can design and build a well balanced piece.
There is so much it might be impossible to put it all in a book, but you all offer good insight to us listeners so I’d welcome whatever you have to offer of any recommendations you might have. Thanks all! Mike
1) Gents – Found your show mid way through a 22-hour drive into Mexico. Listening to you – particularly Guy- reminds me of the people and shops I visited while a board member of the San Joaquin Fine Woodworking club in California. Simple, not too fussy advice that is useful for those picking up the woodworking hobby or far into the deep end this avocation. Keep up the good work.
You’ve spent a fair amount of time discussing the likes and dislikes of Waterlox. A recent project was a 42” x 78” patio table from 4/4 and 8/4 sapele. Legs are 5” square steel tube tapered and coped in a McIntosch style. As it would live outdoors, I opted to finish with Waterlox Marine Finish in gloss. Prep: Sand to 220 grit; vacuum and compressed air; wipe down with mineral spirits; apply Waterlox with a Jen foam brush. The first coat was a disaster with dime size voids in the finish … as if the surface was waxed before the Waterlox went down. I believe the cause was the mineral spirits: I applied the finish about a half hour after after the wipe down … something I often do without issue with spar urethane. Subsequent coats went down fine after letting the piece off gas for four days. My thinking is the tung oil interacted with the residual solvent. Thoughts? Thanks – Craig P.S. Mentioned the foam brush brand because I’ve found it to be the only that rivals a high quality bristle brush for brush application
2)Hi guys, thanks for the podcast, really helpful info! Keep hearing your requests for more questions, so here are a few.
You talked a lot about dust extraction recently. I’ve seen people claiming that by replacing the filter bag with a fine cartridge filter people have seen major improvements in the performance of their extractor units. Do you have any experience with these? Thanks for all the time you put in, love listening.
Best wishes – Chris (UK based enthusiastic amateur)
1)Hi, long time listener that truly appreciates all of the wisdom and humor you have provided over the years in your great podcast.
I have a couple design questions for a sofa and a pair of side tables I am making for my living room. They are a pretty simple design that uses mortise and tenon joinery for the aprons and legs. I use my router with a 1/4″ bit to make the mortise, and the table saw with a dado blade to make the tenons. The legs will be just under 2″ from the thickest material I can get from my 8/4 stock and about 28″ long. The aprons will be 3/4″thick and 6″ tall, they could be slightly thicker, they will come from 4/4 stock.
I want to try my hand at piston fit drawers instead of using drawer slides. How would you attach the inner structure that supports the drawers underneath and on the sides inside the table? I don’t have a domino or biscuit joiner. I have never had good results with pieces attached with pocket holes staying in place during installation and I am afraid the slight movement will ruin the piston fit. Thank you. Julio
Congratulations as you near your 100th episode, and well-deserved syndication riches. I’m about to complete my workbench of air dried black locust (top) and white oak (base). I am installing leg and twin screw tail vises. I will need to procure additional lumber for the thick components of both. I thought it might look nice to use some Walnut, but I can only get 12/4 kiln dried. I don’t see a problem with the leg chop, it’s attached with the vise hardware, but would dovetailing a kiln dried tail skirt onto an air dried laminated top would be asking for problems? Thank you for any advice or relevant anecdotes you may have.