Wood Talk Show Archive

  • WT257 – Woodworking Business Models

    Download Mp3On today’s Wood Talk “Weekend Edition” we’re talking about our business models and lots of other unqualified business advice that you should take with a grain of salt then go talk to an actual professional accountant. This topic is inspired by an email from Nick: I’ve heard you mention several times on the show […]

  • WT256 – Guess What Chicken Butt?

    Download Mp3On today’s show we’re talking about letting necessity be the mother of invention, anticipatory duct work for dust collection, breadboard end joinery. What’s on the Bench? Marc is finishing up an outdoor bench build Matt went to the woods to whittle Shannon went back to work on his blanket chest What’s New? Mike shared […]

  • WT255 – Are We Proud of the Things We Make?

    Download Mp3On today’s Wood Talk “Weekend Edition” we’re talking about the early days of our woodworking careers and how long it took before we were actually proud of the things we made. This topic is inspired by an email from Nathan: I’ve been woodworking for about two years now, and I’ve built maybe four or […]

  • WT254 – Shop Talk Live is Number Two

    Top-coating paint, zero clearance for dado blades, and buying lumber online.

  • WT253 – Helical Head or Not

    Download Mp3On today’s Wood Talk “Weekend Edition” we’re talking about helical heads in planers and their advantages…or not. How about you? Have you upgraded to a helical head cutter for your planer or any other tool? What are your impressions? How Can You Support Us? Use the links on the left and sign up for […]

  • WT252 – Sheeps From Legos

    Download Mp3On today’s show, we’re talking about finishing oily woods, when to mill rough lumber, and when to re-flatten sharpening stones What’s on the Bench? Marc is editing video of his sculpted rocker Shannon is contemplating the design of an urn for his dog Matt is either building a CNC or a Terminator What’s New? […]

  • WT251 – Woodworker Confessions

    Surprising woodworking confessions.

  • WT250 – Meow Mix!

    Charging relatives for your work and dealing with too-narrow dados.

  • WT249 – Aftermarket Upgrades

    Download Mp3On today’s Wood Talk “Weekend Edition” we’re talking about aftermarket upgrades for our tools. This topic was inspired by a question from Peter. How about you? What aftermarket upgrades have you done that made your tools better? Perhaps they made things worse! Tell us about it in the comments below. How Can You Support […]

  • WT248 – We Lost Trenton!

    Popping figured maple without warming it up, gluing face grain to edge grain, and traditional turning tools vs carbide insert tools.

  • WT247 – Woodworking Magazines

    Which woodworking magazines we “read” and a little about what makes each distinctive.

  • WT246 – Serious Roof Surfing Turtle

    Download Mp3Today’s show is sponsored by Brusso Hardware – Brusso provides high quality American-made woodworking hardware for YOUR next project. As a special discount for new customers, use coupon code ‘WT2015’ for 10% off orders at Brusso.com. Also by SawStop, after more than a decade, SawStop’s combination of safety and precision has made them the […]

  • WT245 – Truck Yeah!

    How we transport lumber.

  • WT244 – Asian with His Feet in the Way

    Panel movement in a grill stand, concerns over basement humidity, and cutting compound angled tenons.

  • WT243 – Where Would You Build Your Woodworking Business

    Where we would locate our woodworking businesses and why.

  • WT242 – The Calm and Collected Long Islander

    Workbench finishes, rust prevention in the tool cabinet, and whether to wipe away glue when it’s wet or dry.

  • WT241 – Stuff We Don’t Do Well

    Download Mp3On today’s Wood Talk “Weekend Edition” we’re talking about the one thing in woodworking we are worst at and how we are working to improve it, if at all. How about you? What is the one thing you are worst at and what steps are you taking to improve? How Can You Support Us? […]

  • WT240 – The Snarky Show

    Boiled linseed oil before a clear coat, tinting epoxy, and whether to pre-finish edge banding on a plywood box.

  • WT239 – Anticipatory Tool Purchases

    What tools have you bought with great expectations only to see them collect dust?

  • WT238 – Vinegar Pie

    Curing finishes in the oven, small shop miter saws, and hardware for connecting cabinets

  • WT237 – How Tools and Techniques Affect Project Choices

    How much techniques, materials, and tools impact our choices in projects.

  • WT236 – Saw Stop Sponsored This One

    Respirators in the wood shop, tips for staining pine, spraying finish on deep cabinets.

  • WT235 – Origin Stories

    How we got into woodworking.

  • WT234 – Vanderlist Nachos

    Jointing away from the fence, choosing a router for a router table, and using floats.

  • WT233 – Recovering From Close Calls & Injuries

    Close calls and injuries and how we get past them and back into the shop.

  • WT232 – Back to Betamax

    Should you leave the marking gauge line or get rid of it, how flat does a jointing plane need to be and sharpening a fine toothed saw.

  • WT231 – Panel Glue Up Techniques

    Download Mp3On today’s Wood Talk “Weekend Edition”, we are talking about how we glue up panels and how we have changed our technique over the years. Email We received a few panel related emails from Richard and Jonathan (and some others) which inspired this episode. How Can You Support Us? Use the links on the […]

  • WT230 – Super Spongy Matt

    Download Mp3On today’s show, we’re talking about Anti-fatigue mats, Pore-filling, Build or buy the first workbench?, wood movement in an Adirondack chair, and shop vac vs dust collector vs air filter. What’s on the Bench? Matt didn’t follow his own cut list and came up short on wood Shannon went zen with his smoothing plane […]

  • WT229 – Small Shop Lessons

    Download Mp3On today’s WoodTalk “Weekend Edition”, Marc was out sick so Matt and Shannon talked about small shops whether they be garage or basement and the lessons we have learned from our own small workshops. Email Jared wants to know if “size does matter” when it comes to a workshop Josh is looking for layout […]

  • WT228 – Marc has the Sniffles

    Download Mp3Today’s show is sponsored by Brusso Hardware. New customers get 10% OFF any order at Brusso.com using code WT2015. On today’s show, we’re talking about sharpening router plane blades and minding the gap…between cabinet doors. What’s on the Bench? Matt added a ship lap back to his chest of drawers project Shannon is amazed […]

  • WT227 – Hand Tools Make a Better Power Tool User

    Do hand tools can improve your power tool skills?

  • WT226 – Cut the Cut List

    An emergency safety alert for your shop, how long should that table stretcher be, and SketchUp cut lists.

  • WT225 – Shop Furniture: Pretty or Plain

    Download Mp3On today’s WoodTalk “Weekend Edition”, we’re talking about shop furniture projects. How nice do you make them? Email Dustin is wondering about shop projects. Do you treat them with the same attention to detail as furniture projects? Do you use all matching wood or just use up whatever scraps you have lying around? What […]

  • WT224 – Woof Woof Shannon!

    Download Mp3Today’s show is sponsored by Brusso Hardware. New customers get 10% OFF any order at Brusso.com using code WT2015. On today’s show, we’re talking about finishing plywood, full extension shop made drawer slides, and controlling hand plane tearout. It’s Shannon’s birthday tomorrow and Marc had a custom song made for him from 1HappyBirthday.com! What’s […]

  • WT223 – Take a Class or Buy Tools

    Should you take a woodworking class or buy a tool?

  • WT222 – Freaky Teaky Crud

    Attaching a sitting bench top to the base, is the router plane fence necessary, and dealing with mystery goo after finishing.

  • WT221 – Measuring and Marking Tools

    Download Mp3On today’s WoodTalk “Weekend Edition”, we’re talking about measuring and marking tools: which ones we love and how we use them. We also talk about the premium tool market and what is really necessary and what is just bling. (Bling is good sometimes) Email Eric asked us which measuring and marking tools we own […]

  • WT220 – Lil’ Dado and the Rabbets

    Filling pores, do you need to use a lot of different glues, and starter carving chisels.

  • WT219 – Storing Lumber

    On today’s WoodTalk Weekend Edition, we’re talking about how we store our lumber.

  • WT218 – General Tso’s Chisel

    Filling pores, using different glues, and and starter carving chisels.

  • WT217 – Brandon Gore Interview

    Download Mp3On today’s show, we’re chatting with Brandon Gore, a talented furniture-maker who works primarily with concrete and who serves as a judge on the new Spike TV show Framework. The show is only four episodes in and Brandon already has a reputation for being stern, direct, and unapologetic. We’ll talk about his role on […]

  • WT216 – Giant Little Wood Turds

    Today’s show we’re talking about using twin tenons vs one big tenon, cutting curve part mortises, how to know when you saw is dull, and our thoughts on two new furniture-building shows (Framework and Ellen’s Design Show).

  • WT215 – Finishing Finder

    Choosing the right finish for your project.

  • WT214 – Don’t Look at the Camera

    Matching solid wood and plywood, grain orientation in a panel, and keeping finish and glue from freezing.

  • WT213 – Project Creep

    Project creep and how projects can get out of control.

  • Wood Talk #212 – Udderly Cold

    Tips for working with reclaimed lumber, buying workbench lumber, and are dovetail saddle markers lazy woodworking?

  • Wood Talk #211 – Ear Juice Finish

    Paring with Japanese Chisels, dealing with overwhelming fear of sawdust piles, lumber checking, and wood plugs for stretched ears.

  • Wood Talk #210 – Giant Hairy Toddler

    Hiding table end grain, what makes something fine furniture, is CNC real woodworking, and how we come up with original designs.

  • WT209 – 2014 in Review

    Did we meet or exceed our goals? Or did we fall miserably short. Listen to find out!

  • WT208 – The OCD Woodworker

    Today we’re talking about fine-tuning tapered plugs, avoiding slippery surfaces on step stools, and attaching a table top to its base

  • WT207 – Look Past the Fuzz

    Spraying dye, drawers or carcass first, and picking the good stuff at the lumber yard.

  • WT206 – We’re Thankful

    Lie-Nielsen vs Veritas, loose tenons and bed rails, refurbish or buy new, and what we’re thankful for!

  • WT205 – Matt’s Having Spaghetti!

    Sealing with shellac, selecting a solvent for an unknown finish, and skipping the jointer and going with a planer.

  • WT204 – Nicole in Reverse

    Online etiquette, fixes for cheap plywood, and batch cutting dovetails by hand.

  • WT203 – Mirror Frisbee

    Wood warping after a resaw, trouble with a smoothing plane, and octagonal frame joinery.

  • WT202 – Do Less Woodworking!

    Solvent confusion, box joints and short ceilings, workbenches and T tracks, and selecting wood for your projects.

  • WT201 – Bagged & Boarded

    Safe finishes for comic book storage, drawer guide positioning, and restoring an antique workbench.

  • WT200 – Celebrating YOU!

    We celebrate 200 episodes of Wood Talk by doing another episode of Wood Talk!

  • WT199 – Patronizing Matt

    Finishes for kitchen cabinets, dealing with glue squeezeout, and should you get a really small hand plane?

  • Wood Talk #198 – Neanderthal Parenting Tips

    Steam bending vs bent lamination, choosing your tools based on sharpening methods, and replacing your dust collector’s filtration bags.

  • Wood Talk #197 – Shannon’s Gushy Thingie

    Design rules for grain orientation, filling cracks with finish, and making really long panels.

  • Wood Talk #196 – Pimp My Bench Plane!

    Avoiding rounding over with a random orbit sander, splines or biscuits as a glue-up aide, a bit of marquetry on a box, and a WIA wrap-up with a discussion of Lee Valley’s new custom planes.

  • WT195 – And We’re Back!

    Preventing cupped panels, respirators for the permanently bearded, box hinges, Spraying outdoors, acclimating lumber before a project, and avoiding tearout while turning.

  • A Few Weeks Off!

    We’ll be back on September 8th!

  • WT194 – Matt Phones It In

    Tortured outdoor finishes, string inlay resources, and leap frogging planes.

  • WT193 – Marc Go Sleepy

    Mixing profiles and breadboard ends, using a chisel plane, and making dadoes and grooves with hand tools.

  • WT192 – The Vanderlist Method

    Easy durable finishes, automation distancing us from our craft, and how to perform a ritual bloodletting with your chisels

  • WT191 – The Chortle Shakes

    Ammonia fuming, pre-finishing rituals, plywood in the hand tool shop, and how flat is flat enough.

  • WT190 – We All Have Vices?

    A discussion and review of various workbench vises.

  • WT189 – Grandma’s Got Big Needles

    Oil finish inhalation hazards, long miters with hand tools, and woodworking when your job moves you around the country.

  • WT188 – Hee-Ya, It Fits!

    Epoxy inlays, bevels on through tenons, and premium measuring tools.

  • WT187 – Realistic Dust Collection

    Is a dust-free environment realistic and dust collectors vs dust extractors.

  • WT186 – Kid Invasion!

    Tools and projects for kids in the wood shop.

  • WT185 – Robot Balls

    Matching stain, rough vs smooth glue surfaces, tips for beating the summer heat, framing mirrors, and unique joints for a bed frame.

  • WT184 – Baked Beans Recipe

    Not your average Wood Talk episode!

  • WT183 – Shannon Sparkles

    Hand tool dust collection, steam bending kiln-dried wood, flattening a partial log slab, using molding planes on curved edges.

  • WT182 – Marc is Patient Zero?

    Bandsaw dust collection, small insert screws, choosing the right size hinge, carving tool brands, and if too much woodworking content is a bad thing.

  • WT181 – Matt’s Burro Churro

    HVLP, finishing in a messy garage, drying lumber, and green wood vs kiln dried.

  • WT180 – Butt Buffing

    The pros and cons of a granite countertop for a workbench, adjustable height workbenches, and how to use a spokeshave.

  • WT179 – Junk in Matt’s Trunk

    Vice slippage, router table and a shaper, shop upgrades, tension wood, and hand plane technique.

  • WT178 – At Least You’re Not Dead!

    Squaring a table saw blade, combo blades, sharpening a molding plane, and your voicemails!

  • WT177 – Hybrid Woodworking

    Incorporating hand tools into a power tools shop.

  • WT176 – Cadbury Cream Eggs

    Cadbury Cream Egg stand, budget chisels, avoiding tearout with plywood, flattening waterstones, the draw knife, a twisted workbench, setting up a skew rabbet plane, and constructing Art Deco pieces.

  • WT175 – Lazy Woodworker

    Wood movement cracking finish, 15″ planer options, protecting milk paint outdoors, building with decking lumber, spindle sander for the drill press, cloudy surface when sharpening, and bits for a brace.

  • WT174 – Hand Tool Menagerie School

    Plywood cases, planing dried glue, angled mortises, the iBox jig, cutting dovetails with a tenon saw, and choosing between a fret saw and a coping saw.

  • WT173 – What’s with Brad Pitt?!

    Planing thin stock, stationary sanding machines, woodworking in the cold, sharpening the micro-bevel, hybrid saws, un-calibrated jointers, and a primer on chisels.

  • WT172 – Do They Know About Shrinkage?

    Alternatives to epoxy thickeners, hand-planing small parts, the ideal plane for a shooting board, Blacker House Chair, how cold temps and high humidity will affect wood, and reclaimed wood.

  • WT171 – Mind the Neck Divot!

    Cuttin down on pro bono work, wood acclimation, returning bad wood, injury time-outs, minimizing noise transmission, and reinforced miters.

  • WT170 – Crushed Walnuts

    Flat panels after glueup, wooden screws, workbench questions, lamination techniques, big box store wood, and dealing with large slabs.

  • WT169 – Shannon’s Bloody Reign!

    Downdraft tables, powder coating hand planes, drilling end grain, veneer vs solid wood for a dining table, liquid hide glue and lubricants staining wood.

  • WT168 – Tool Quality

    An extended conversation about tool quality and used tools.

  • WT167 – Nobody Likes an Ash Hole

    Pre-finishing your projects, skill-building strategies, sharpening with diamond stones, a fence for a small bandsaw, dealing with an infestation, and smoothing dovetail pins.

  • Wood Talk #166 – The Wet Spot

    Sweating on your projects, what grit you should sand to, and researching wood prices.

  • Wood Talk #165 – A Zen Moment

    Carbide tipped bandsaw blades, palm routers, avoiding sapwood, wooden gears, weathered wood, and making a large bridle joint.

  • Wood Talk #164 – Going for the Jugular

    When its safe to remove a blade guard and riving knife, resawing to conserve wood, making a wooden plane and shooting board, your first workbench, buying stock in the rough, and disposing of old power tools.

  • Wood Talk #163 – Overrated Woodworking

    Even we have to admit that many things in woodworking are overrated!

  • Wood Talk #162 – Setting Goals for 2014

    We discuss our woodworking goals for the coming year.

  • Wood Talk #161 – Precision and Accuracy

    Precision and accuracy in woodworking.

  • Wood Talk #160 – Jonathan Wins Woodworking

    Cool finishes, table saw residue, monotonous woodworking, best practices at the table saw, plugging holes, clogging dust collectors, and planning your cuts strategically.

  • Wood Talk #159 – The Cleavage Plane

    Squaring up a large piece of ply, block planes for specific tasks, making a conductor’s baton, rustic furniture advice, fine dust collection at the tablesaw, and fixing cracks in live edge slabs.