Wood Talk Online – #61

Questions or Comments?You can get a hold of us by either dropping us an email at woodtalkonline@gmail.com or you can pick up the phone and leave us a message on our voice mail at 623-242-2450.

What’s on the Workbench?
Marc – Just finished the Wall-Hanging Tool Chest for the Guild.
Matt – installed his bandsaw riser block…wow that’s tall!

News:
Norm is retiring!! Woodworking Magazine interview with Russ Morash, producer of the New Yankee Workshop.

International Dress Like Norm Day
In honor of Norm Abram, the folks at Woodworking Magazine and Popular Woodworking are asking all Norm fans to dress like the man, take a photo of yourself in costume and send it to me by midnight Monday, Nov. 2, at chris.schwarz@fwmedia.com. The person who sends in the best photo (as determined by our staff), will win a great prize.

Magazine Roundup:
Matt’s Pick: A Woodworker’s Journal article on green finishing by Micael Dresdner.
Marc’s Picks: Fine Woodworking’s “How to Design Furniture” book/magazine thingie and The “Build or Buy” article in the latest issue of Popular Woodworking.

Around the Web:
A couple cool iPhone Apps to try out- ID Wood and Boardfeet
Official website for Splinter “the car”- check out the veneer loom and more
Skateboards from fallen limbs and axes

Holiday Project Templates at Eagle America – Get ‘em while they’re hot!

PBS’s The Router Workshop Video Series ($4.00 for each month)
You will receive one episode per week of the Router Workshop. There are 183 episodes in this video library.

An Interesting Scenario to ponder:
17yr old kid wants to be a woodworker. Already has some shop experience and is showing great potential. Does he aim for a woodworking school or business school?
Listen to the show to hear advice from your fellow woodworkers, as well as the staff of Popular Woodworking.

Magazine Website Roundup (Pt. 2):

WOOD-
User-generated videos
How to Videos from the Wood Magazine Editors
Free tool demos
Over 100 Pay-per Download titles
Forums
Free Weekly Newsletter (no sales pitches)
More than 1000 woodworking plans for sale in the Wood Store
A comprehensive index of every article that has appeared in WOOD magazine

Woodworker’s Journal Offerings (Rob Johnstone – Editor in Chief, and don’t you forget it!)
Homepage
eZine (an online woodworking magazine emailed every two weeks)
There’s also two other sites of interest: WomeninWoodworking and FreePlans.com.
In addition to these websites, they also offer a fully digital version of the print magazine with supplemental digital content.
Of course there’s also an online store selling back issues, downloadable digital plans, books, CDs.
And they also have a blog page with Chris Marshall as it’s main blogger. But all of the staff at one point or another use from time to time.

Sweet Deals:
FREE Super Saver Shipping on ANY SIZE ORDER at Eagle America! Use promo code WOODTALK61 at checkout and select Free Shipping as your shipping method. (Offer valid for two weeks only, now thru 11/9/2009).

20% off Sorby turning tools and free shipping on Jet Lathes now through Nov 1st at Woodcraft.com

It Came from the Forum:
Woodworking in the Cold

Voicemail:
Roberto has a great question concerning planer/jointer blades: to sharpen or to buy?

Tom’s Tip (TomsWorkbench.com): BBQ’s make great mobile carts?!?!
Village Carpenter’s Tip: (Village Carpenter): Dental tools, for more than just torture!

Comments

  1. Spaids October 28, 2009

    dude?! I got a rerun of woodtalk 60 when itunes thinks its playing woodtalk 61.

    • I have the same Episode 60 problem

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        thewoodwhisperer October 28, 2009

        I accidentally gave the feed the wrong file. But I fixed it first thing this morning. So if you are subscribed in iTunes, you’ll need to delete the old file so that it downloads the correct one. Sorry about that.

        • Done and fixed. But via Zune, not iBlah…

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          thewoodwhisperer October 29, 2009

          They still make those? Who knew?! ;)

  2. Aggie83 October 28, 2009

    I knew I had something better to do than install a new (temporary) vanity at my girlfriend’s condo – I was supposed to be listening to Wood Talk Online. Now all the other kids will laugh at me.

    “Honey, where is that bag of plumbing fittings?”

    “Ummm, I think it got thrown away.”

    “Well, it is only 8:45. If I drive like Jackie Stewart on a crack binge I can get there with seconds to spare.”

    “OK, I’m just going to watch some TV.”

    “Good idea, dear!”

  3. Steve October 28, 2009

    I second Marc’s opinion of The Router Workshop!
    Borrring!
    I used to call them “Putz and Putz”. Like father, like son.
    They should pay us to watch the vidoes!
    I used to like to see the clumsy ways they would try to cover up their mistakes – holding their thumbs over the tear-out, etc.

    Good show Marc & Matt.

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      thewoodwhisperer October 28, 2009

      Thanks Steve. I have to say I feel really bad saying anything negative about anyone that takes the time to share their woodworking knowledge. But, it is what it is I guess. I know some folks who absolutely love the show, so who am I to judge. :)

  4. Steve October 28, 2009

    Just heard the tip about dental picks. Harbor Freight has a set of 8 or 10 picks with different shaped tips for cheap.

    • BarryO October 29, 2009

      BTW, regarding the HF dental pics, Darrell told me that “real” picks work much better. The tips on the picks used by dentists never break, unlike the HF version. George Knudson, who works with Darrell, has a source for the real ones (I think his wife works in a dentists’ office).

  5. Dean October 28, 2009

    Thanks Marc & Matt for the entertaining and informative Wood Talk Online #61. I especially enjoy the links, which gives me more to explore.

  6. Doug McPherson October 29, 2009

    Hey, I didn’t know that it was supposed to be hard to sharpen jointer blades? Granted, mine is a 6″ model. Sometimes ingorance is bliss. I recently bought my first one used and I just went ahead and did it in the same manor as I learned for chisels, and after re-installing they seem to peel off the wood quick nicely. The most challenging aspect was locking all three blades back down at the same height. I trial and errorred that technique, but it seemed to end with good results.

  7. Matt & Mark, you guys go together like peanut butter and jelly!

    You are always informative and entertaining.

    The CMT blades you guys talked about are great. I bought a lot of CMT blades and bits from WoodWerks while working in Ohio. They are fantastic and I recommend that the audience jump on them.

  8. Darrell Snodgrass October 30, 2009

    Hey, I missed yet another live show. The only one I’ve attended is the one where you posted on facebook a couple hours before the show. I haven’t seen a post like that since. How about making a FB post a few hours before each live show?

    I don’t stay on my computer all the time, but having FB on the iPhone helps me keep up sometimes.

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      thewoodwhisperer October 30, 2009

      I do when I can remember. And I did put out a Tweet/Facebook message on the day of the show. I guess you missed it.

      We also have a calendar that you can refer to. http://www.thewoodwhisperer.com/calendar

  9. Jay Hilgenberg October 31, 2009

    You and Matt cover so much ground on the podcasts. There are so many small and quick tips or products that are mentioned or covered. Have you thought about indexing these. I know that you both have nothing better to keep you occupied. I have thought about doing it myself, just because I have subscribed to several podcasts and I can’t remember —- anymore.

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      thewoodwhisperer October 31, 2009

      At this point, we don’t really have plans on going much further than posting the show notes. It really does come down to a matter of time. The search on the site works pretty well if you are looking for something specific, but I know that’s not nearly as good as a full index. Maybe some day but for now, I don’t think either one of us could justify the extra time to build the index. Great idea though!

      • Jay Hilgenberg November 1, 2009

        My wife does back of the book indexing for a living is why I asked.

        I see that you have a Tags list. If you were to take those and associate the episode number with them. Put that in a database then a concordance would be created. This is a very simplified version of an index. If it could be automated then that would always updated. It might be something that could take care of its self. I used to do web database apps for a living, and it is something that once setup wouldn’t take much to keep it up.

        The tags are a good start. Most people wouldn’t even have thought to do that.

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