WWGOA LIVE! April 2017

No April Fools joke, we had a great LIVE event. Check it out, and I’m sure you’ll be impresses with the improvement in quality. Yeah, we had a few audio glitches, but overall we’re happy to announce things look and sound MUCH better.

0:25 New technology for our Live streams!
1:22 How to size a dust collector
2:45 Bandsaw instead of a table saw?
3:28 Dimensioning butterfly inlays
5:06 Flattening twisted boards/face jointing
9:05 Construction lumber for furniture?
11:30 Dimensions of a steam bending box
12:20 Fastening table tops to leg/rail assemblies
14:04 Lining a blanket chest with cedar
15:18 Bosch or Milwaukee miter saw?
16:00 Strength of tenon compared to floating tenon
16:35 110 or 220 for a SawStop saw
17:50 Sapele warped after cutting
21:03 Bowl turning
23:58 Setting dovetail slope
26:10 Laguna or Jet dust collector?
26:45 Finish for outdoor furniture
28:10 Trying to build square frames
29:30 Linseed oil vs water seal for color
30:10 Correct moisture content for wood
32:35 Check table saw for parallel
36:35 DeWalt planer; stock or helical knives
36:48 Paint treated lumber?
37:19 Bandsaw blade deflects
38:55 Help with Leigh dovetail jig
41:30 Gaps in mantel molding
44:00 Tension test on a bandsaw blade
46:25 Ripping narrow parts on the table saw
47:05 Types of glue
47:24 Joinery for cutting boards
50:18 Building in Florida and shipping to Wisconsin
51:35 Foot fatigue
52:33 Finish for cedar
53:30 Plunging mortises
55:30 Clamping at odd angles
57:30 Starting in lathe turning
59:47 George’s teaching schedule

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138 Responses to “WWGOA LIVE! April 2017”
  1. jon

    how do you know what size horse power do most people will need for a dust collector. will 2hp work i would like to get one to plan for the future machine needed like a planer, jointer, and bandsaw. right now i have a table saw only.

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    • Dave

      Hi. Love the website and George’s common-sense approach (and dry sense of humor). I hope other folks just got the “220-221, whatever it takes” joke.

      I’d like to make a table saw crosscut jig. I need to cut small pieces to fit into the mitre slot on the table saw. But I’m always reading that I shouldn’t cut such narrow pieces on the table saw, for fear of kickback. How can I cut them safely?
      Thanks

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  2. John

    I am a beginner woodworker and have turned my single car garage into a shop, so space is at a premium. I don’t have plans on ever cutting full sheets of plywood etc. and was wondering if I could forego a table saw for a band saw. Thanks, johnny.

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    • Dimitrios

      A track saw would be just your thing if you don’t want to purchase a table saw to break down sheet goods.

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      • John

        I was lucky and found a SUPER deal on a Festool Track Saw. I’m super surprised as to how much I use it.
        I use my bandsaw a lot and the big pain is how often I change the blades mainly because of size. I can go from 1/8″ to 1 1/4″. Also remember that it is easy to get hurt on the bandsaw, especially when pushing a piece of wood. Use a push-stick when it is possible.
        Put all of your tools on wheels that can be easily lowered and raised. This will allow you to have more tools in a small space.

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  3. Jamie

    When using butterfly keys what determines how many to use and how space them? Also is there a ratio to how thick they should be compared to the work piece?

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  4. moxonjim

    It’s 6:21 MST, 7:21 CST. Where are you. Video says “waiting for Woodworkers Guild of America” April 6, 6:00 PM

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  5. Michael P

    Are there twisted or warped billets or boards that are impossible to straighten and square? I had a 3×3 Red Oak billet that has given me a fit. It was twisted approximately 1/2″ in 8′.

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  6. Kurt Kress

    I am building a farmhouse table and glue and Kreg jigged 2×6 together the first couple of days it stayed nice and flat but then it started to warp. Is it do to moisture in the wood from menards. What is a good way of avoiding this.

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  7. Rick Rose

    I just built a steamer box but I may have made it to big – 12″ X 12″ X 48″. I’m using a wallpaper remover for my steam. I wanted capacity but a lot that I’ve seen use ABS or PVC. Will I get enough steam to do the job?

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  8. Richard Branch

    I can’t believe how much wood working experience I have gotten from watching the videos. One of the questions I have after watching your brother video about Glen’s routing a sl a large board (1/2″ wide and 2″ long 2″ thick piece of hard maple). will the router Edge guide suffice to hold the bit in place? I pre drilled and morticed the entire hole and we’ll make progressively deeper passes. I just can’t afford the bit to jump out and ruin the peace.

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  9. Anthony

    What would be a strong joinery method for a 3/4″ Bamboo Plywood Top to Poplar Legs 3 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ ? Thank You

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  10. ce000

    George…what is the best way to line a blanket chest with cedar? Do I finish the chest before I attach the cedar? Do I bring the cedar all the way to the top? Thanks a bunch George…..

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  11. Rick

    I just built a steamer box, 12″ X 12″ X 48″. I’m using a wallpaper remover for the steam. Did I build it too big. Most I see out there are PVC OR ABS. Will I get enough steam to do the job? First project is to straighten the bow out of 6″ X 6″ X 3/8″ hickory.

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  12. Rudolph

    Milwaukee dual bevel mitersaw12″ or Bosch glide dual bevel miter saw. 12″. For garage shop plan to build a dedicated station for it.

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  13. H. Gregory Porter

    Is there a difference in joint strength with floating vs fixed tenons?

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  14. Barry Hull

    Any thoughts on a 220 versus 110 motor for a sawstop table saw? I’m a moderate hobbyist. Thanks.

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  15. Jeannie Grassi

    I have finally got done high quality tools and a bit of experience under my belt but recently I ran into something that I wasn’t sure how to deal with. I was ripping some nice sapele for a hexagonal shaft of a music stand. The original stock was jointed and planed square, however after I ripped each strip to form the six-sided shaft each one became curved, making the glue up almost impossible. What went wrong, how can it be avoided?

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  16. Richard

    As to the dust collection. I am also in the market and have boiled it down to the new Laguna Pflex and the Jet. However, I have not found many complete reviews as to the Pflex. Which brand do you believe is a better quality? or you do not recommend either

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  17. gnuckols

    What is your favorite finish for outdoor furniture (like Adirondack chairs) and why?

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  18. Chuck

    I noticed you’re using a Dewalt planner. Do you use the stock knives or a helical cutter head ?

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  19. MIke

    I’m having trouble with my Leigh D4 dovetail jig making half blind dovetails. The pins always seem to be to short. I’m having a terrible time adjusting and am running short on scrap wood!! Any suggestions on videos that would be helpful?

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  20. Tom

    I built a decorative mantel around my fireplace using poplar and birch plywood. The poplar trim around the fireplace is joined with a kreg pocket screws and minimal amount of glue on these butt joints. I got a slight separation at several of the joints after several fires. any ideas on the cause and how to avoid in the future

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  21. Dave

    Sorry – I submitted this as a “reply” accidentally.

    Hi. Love the website and George’s common-sense approach (and dry sense of humor). I hope other folks just got the “220-221, whatever it takes” joke.

    I’d like to make a table saw crosscut jig. I need to cut small pieces to fit into the mitre slot on the table saw. But I’m always reading that I shouldn’t cut such narrow pieces on the table saw, for fear of kickback. How can I cut them safely?
    Thanks

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  22. Mark Moore

    I have some rough sawn 6/4 oak planks ~12″ wide for a planked tabletop. Is their an advantage to leaving the planks wide or ripping them smaller to making the top

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    • George Vondriska

      Always cool if you can leave wood wide for glue ups. If you’re confident that it’s completely stable, you could leave it wide.

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  23. leninsebastopol

    Ever have a class on sheave making? As for making a barrel or curved vase? =Len

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  24. Bob

    Hi George, I live in Florida and most of my family live in Wisconsin. How do I guard against the differences in climate affecting things that I make down here and ship to family in Wisconsin?

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  25. Richard

    there are so many brands and types of wood glue, how do we make the best decision on what type of glue to use.

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  26. Vic

    i Make wooden cutting boards that are edge laminated. I have the opportunity of purchasing either a biscuit cutter or a dowel cutter. Which would be the better for using on the boards

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  27. Richard Branch

    My question is if I do a plunge router with several passes through a 2-inch thick piece of hard maple will the router guide hold the bit in place as I route the hole? The wood is 2 inch thick maple. The whole is 1/2 inch wide and 2 inches long and I have pre drilled and mortise the slot… Will the edge guide on a router suffice to hold it in place I don’t want the bit to come out and chigger up my piece

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  28. Chris Myers

    I joined late and you might have addressed this in one of the listeners questions. What would you recommend for home projects, cabinet building etc. 1.75 or 3 HP, 110 or 220V? And what would be the ideal rip size?

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    • George Vondriska

      A 30-in fence will probably serve most of the time. I have a 52″, but it’s pretty rare for me to cut anything beyond 30″. I’ve got a 3 hp saw, but have taught on 110 volt saws all over the country, and never run into a power problem.

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  29. Eric Smith

    Hey George, you mentioned that you’re in the shop all day. How do you avoid foot fatigue?

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  30. gnuckols

    The video and audio quality are much better in my opinion! However, I was getting some lag in both audio and video earlier in the session. It’s stopped now. (Could be on my end, but reducing the YouTube resolution by 50% didn’t initially have any effect.)

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  31. Greg

    Thrning Western Red Cedar. What finish do I use that will keep it from turning From pink / red to brown? I want to be able to buff the vessel or have a high gloss finish.
    Woulld you finish the inside w same material?

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  32. John

    I’ll answer that. The audio/video is much better. I had a bit of freezing at first and some audio drop for a few seconds at a time periodically.

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  33. Rick Schmittinger

    Video is much better than past shows for my system I can watch full screen with nasty pixels and shuddering

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  34. Richard

    Yes the quality of the video feed is much better then in the past especially when I go to full screen. However, there has been of sound on several occasions on my end. Thank you for these Iive sessions. As Tony Tiger would say, they’rrree GREEAAATT!

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  35. Barry Hull

    George, have been watching your videos for a long time. The new video quality is great, although it shows how much you’re losing your hair. What gives man? 🙂

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    • George Vondriska

      Meh, I’m a 56 year old self-employed guy. Between age and stress, it’s a wonder I’ve got any hair left. 🙂

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  36. Rick

    Your video is great however the volume in dropping out from time to time.

    Question: I just built a desk with my son for my son. On the sides I used a poly stain combo product. However it looks somewhat painted rather than stained. Have you ever used this type of product and where you happy with the outcome.

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  37. Dennis

    I’m finish challenged. How do most furniture makers get that deep even color on their pieces. I do prefer the natural grain appearance but occasionally would like that more even look you find from furniture stores.

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  38. Anthony

    How do you clamp wood that is at different angles? Bar clamps are good for strain things but how would I clamp pieces at 20 degrees or 30?

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  39. Rafae

    I want to start wood turning. what’s the cheapest way to get started to see if I really enjoy it.

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  40. Andrew

    I have a 2HP tablesaw that cut great for the first year. I’ve replaced the blade too… now the table Saw is bogging down on even 1x4s. Any suggestions on how to get the power back? Oil? New Belt? Etc.
    Thanks so much,
    -Andrew

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    • Andrew

      I have a iGrzzly g0715p hybrid table Saw…
      Would you recommend: Grizzly T21992 Power Twist V-Belt, 1/2-Inch x 4-Foot

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    • George Vondriska

      My first guess is that the belt has stretched in its first year of use, and is now slipping when you’re cutting. Check that tension.

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  41. Valier Desjardins

    I turn wood bracelets and I have started to turn some with a metal core obtained from Pen State, however the quality of the metal is bad and quickly loose it’s finish. Do you know anyone selling some of high quality so they will not tarnish?

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  42. Dennis

    I use a wixey digital angle gauge to check my table saw accuracy. I find the it can vary in the ninth degree position against the set stop. At times it’s off a few tenths if a degree. Also see this depending on which side of the blade I read. Why the variance and should I be concerned of that minute difference?

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    • George Vondriska

      I use the Wixey gauge all the time, and have had great success with it. I don’t know what would cause the variations for you. Might be worth a call to Wixey to see what they say.

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  43. Steve

    I have read about making a slurry of the wood dust and oil when sanding and leaving it on the surface as a pore filler, such as with mahogany. Is this a process you have used and what grit paper & type oil would you recommend?

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  44. Rick

    In the market for a jointer would like to go with a 6 inch, floor space being limited was wondering if any of the bench top joiners worth bothering with?

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    • George Vondriska

      I had a Delta benchtop jointer like this one http://amzn.to/2p27E1W for a long time. It worked fine. Short beds, so you’re limited on the length of material you can joint, but other than that it worked great for me.

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  45. Dennis

    I seem to over tighten my screws to a point of stripping them when using my Kreg pocket hole jig. How do you know when to stop torquing?

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    • George Vondriska

      Be sure to use the clutch on your drill/driver. Start with it at a low setting, and it won’t seat the screw. Increase the clutch setting in small increments until the screw is seated, but isn’t getting stripped out.

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  46. Thomas

    Hi George, I just completed the adjustable workbench that was shown in a past video. I have arthritis so the ability to raise the bench provides a much more comfortable working height. I love this bench and its really sturdy. Thanks

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  47. Rolando

    From Florida. New to wood working. Is it less expensive to buy rough cut wood than already planned wood?

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  48. davedumont

    Dave from Michigan. Love the WWGOA LIVE! broadcast and the woodworkers challenge!

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  49. Bob

    A follow-up to my earlier question about shipping my woodwork from Florida to Wisconsin, is there a “best” time of year to ship them?

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    • George Vondriska

      If you can build and ship when weather conditions are the same, or similar, in both states, that would be best.

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  50. John McCarthy

    From Limerick, Ireland. Is it OK to build garden furniture with Popular if you use yacht varnish to finish it.

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    • George Vondriska

      Hello, Ireland. Thanks for watching. Yes, poplar with good outdoor sealer would be fine.

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      • John McCarthy

        Thanks George for the reply and I apologise for the spelling error 😉 Oh and Ireland said to say hello back.

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  51. James

    I am making a small table and the top is 18″x 20″ out of curly maple 2 pieces jointed in the middle. I want to use purple heart around the outside do I have to worry about expansion.

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  52. Howard Wright

    Per a previous question, Recently purchased a 1959 Craftsman radial arm saw. It works fine except throws a lot of dust
    even though a vacuum is connected to it. It’s a 2.5 hp 16 gal shop vac. Your thoughts.

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  53. James Sigmon

    Hello George:
    When using a framing square to set a 1 in 6 angle and your blade of your angle gage is to short 1/2 in 3 should also work.
    James Sigmon – Kansas

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  54. dr.charles

    At multiple points in the archived webinar the sound cut out. The video was excellent.

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