WWGOA LIVE! October 2016

Our October LIVE went great. Rustic furniture, stabilizing wood, cleaning planer rollers, and lots more! Thanks for the great questions.

:44 C clamp source
2:45 Making rusting furniture
7:43 Air dried wood for furniture?
8:42 Bowl and tray kits and bits
12:33 Stabilizing green wood with Pentacryl
14:13 Setting up a dado head on the table saw
20:08 Gauge blocks for dado height
21:00 George and The Handyman Club
22:02 Bosch REAXX and SawStop
24:20 WWGOA Live schedule
25:07 High gloss finish on outdoor structure
26:16 I too shall something make….
28:01 Sanding knife handles
30:15 Inflatable drum sanders
31:35 Noise, neighbors, and woodworking
33:42 Ripping thin strips on the table saw
39:17 Stanley #80 scraper
43:12 Aquarium stand
46:47 Portable saw mill
48:00 Plunge router or fixed base?
49:14 Flattening veneer
53:36 Finishing a burl coffee table
57:13 Loquat knife handle
58:53 George’s teaching schedule
1:01:59 Sheba’s goodbye

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134 Responses to “WWGOA LIVE! October 2016”
  1. Carl van Katwijk

    Have a Hudson Oscar 18 Portable Sawmill that is about worn out. I’m looking for a replacement and want a little wider saw. Am sawing hardwoods from white oak, mesquite, black walnut, maple. Any recommendations?

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  2. Larry

    George,

    I am planning on building a new stand for a saltwater aquarium. I was trying to stick with 3/4″ plywood instead of the usual 2×4. What is a good way to calculate stiles and rails so I know I’m good on strength? FYI my tank is 48″x18″ but the stand will be 60″x20″ for extra equipment. Total unified load laying on sheets of 3/4″ plywood is 1100 lbs and that factors in 5% overage in max weight. More like 990.

    Thanks,
    Larry from Houston

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  3. Heather Tischbirek

    What is the best way to cut thin strips without kickback? Can I set my fence to 1/8 or 1/4″ so the strips are the same and I don’t have to keep moving the fence? I tried the jig you did a video on, and it lasted for one cut. What am I doing wrong? Thanks George!!

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  4. Don

    I’ve not done woodwork in about 35 years or so. Anxious to start back. J have a new home with a 3 car garage. 3rd port will be my shop. But we have neighbors so I worry about noise and also space. I want to make furniture and some built ins like a library. Knowing this, would you go power tools only, hand tools only, or hybrid of both? Gearing up is tough for me as I’m not sure which direction I want to go.

    Convenience versus Challenge?

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  5. Curt Ullery

    Using a belt and disc sander problems. Using the belt sander produces a concave effect on grip scales that are 5″X2″X3/8″. Using the disc sander produces a convex effect on the same size scales. Why? How do I get a perfectly “flat” surface using either of these sanders?

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  6. Jay Rutan

    I have been purchasing some old time tools. One that I’m having trouble with is a Stanley #80 Scraper. Just can’t seem to get the idea how to sharpen this tool. I’ve sharpened it a 45 degrees and then burnished it at 30 degrees then 45 degrees and then at 90 degrees. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Jay, a Gold Member of WWGOA .

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    • Vern

      Depends on the woodworking you want to do.
      My suggestions are:
      If working with sheet goods, A circular saw with guide.
      For general cutting, a table saw.
      hand tools:
      Saws – preferably pull saws
      Routers- Your decision
      Chisels – A must
      Rulers- you never have enough.
      Calipers-Your choice
      Pencil-At least three grades. (HB, 4B, You pick)

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  7. Bob carlson

    Need suggestions for s jig for mitered pieces of a pre assembled frame to insure consistent length of each side.

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  8. toddworld

    Hello George!!
    How should I remove the center section of a stock cabinet door so I can insert glass? Would it be difficult to add muttons?

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    • George Vondriska

      This won’t be easy to do. You need to cut the back retainer out of the frame so the panel can come out, then create glass retainers to take its place.

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  9. Steve

    For Heather’s question about cutting thin strips –there is a video in WWGOA on how to make a jig out of a board and thin stock glued to end as a catch that would solve her problem.

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  10. myhogany

    I have some fiddleback maple 1/40″ veneer but don’t know how to flatten it enough without making it too wet to glue. When I’ve tried, it seems it won’t stay glued down, especially when I’ve tried to put an oil/ms/poly rub-on finish. What am I doing wrong?

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  11. Ken

    Do you have an opinion about the Bosh, Saw Stop dispute? Would you buy a Bosh saw under present circumstances?

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  12. Curt Ullery

    Using the belt sander results in a concave result. Using the disc sander results in a convex results. Why?

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  13. William Odell

    i have a red wood structure out side that I would like to have a durable high gloss finish. I have tried spar varnish, epoxy and stain but nothing seems to hold up. any suggestion?

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  14. Jaime

    how to cut a 1/2 “cannal” on a 1-1/2″ piece of wood from side to side? i have never done anything on wood, but im starting. thanks!!

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    • George Vondriska

      Lots of choices….table saw, router table, hand tools…. The answer really depends on what tools you have, the size of the pieces you’re working with, and some other factors.

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  15. mrobins1057

    George I’ve noticed the slogan on the door behind you “I too shall something make, and glory in the making”. I’ve always liked that slogan and have wondered about it’s source. Thank you.

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  16. Tim Smith

    While using my DeWalt 13″ thickness planer, I normally get an irritating indentation about 3 inches from the tail end of the outfeed face which always requires extra sanding to get it to disappear. What’s going on and how do I fix it?

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  17. Mark Barron

    George: What is a good wood to try and steam bend and is air dried better than kiln drided

    Thanks

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    • George Vondriska

      Air dried is better than kiln dried. I’ve had good luck bending elm, oak, cherry.

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  18. Chris S.

    George, Please dont make any more CNC videos. You are not helping the fact I want one very bad. Lol Actually keep it up I have learned a lot from your videos.

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  19. Gary

    Is the tool rest on the lathe set at center height or below center height to adjust for the size of tool you are using? Thanks

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    • George Vondriska

      It depends. If you’re using the scraping technique, set the tool rest so the tip of the chisel is at the center of the work. When I’m using the shearing technique the tool rest is generally slightly higher.

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  20. wade

    I have a Router that I am trying to work with making it go up and down how can I do that

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    • George Vondriska

      It depends on the brand and type of router. If you can get the brand and model number from the machine you may be able to find an owner’s manual online, with will help you learn how to adjust the router.

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  21. uri weinstein

    I have a big burl about 45″ diameter which I cut the top off to make a coffee table. I don’t know what kind of finish I can use all around in order to protect but to preserve the original color. It is very uneaven shape all arount. I wish I could send a picture.

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  22. john tulk

    whats the best way to make a leg and skirt joint for a harvest table biscuits or mortice and tenon

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    • George Vondriska

      This is very subjective, and really depends on the project you’re working on.

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  23. Jon

    I’m moving from my old Delta ten inch contractors saw to a new table saw. What features do you think should be on a new, medium priced table saw?

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    • George Vondriska

      T-square fence, good dust collection, riving knife, good guard. Hard to beat the safety the comes with SawStop saws.

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  24. Glen

    In working with Bloodwood or Paduck I get bleeding into the adjourning wood. How can I keep from getting the wood from bleeding color into the other woods.

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    • George Vondriska

      This can take a little experimentation, but I’d try a base coat of dewaxed shellac to freeze the color in place, and then top coat over that.

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  25. Gary Coyne

    Occasionally running boards through my planner, the boards stop advancing and I have to brute force push/pull them through. What is the best way to deal with it.

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  26. patroni

    Please talk about what type of cedar is best to build outdoor furniture. Chairs in particular.

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  27. Dave

    I am making a knife with Loquat wood. I have finished it with linseed oil, what would be a good finish for it? I tried polishing it, but it turned black. Why?

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  28. ronald4418

    After watching a previous video concerning CNC in the Shop. I’ve gone ahead and built a CNC router base on the Ox CNC Build and I’m looking for honest opinions on software recommendations. I have VCarve Pro.8.5 but it doesn’t do 3D very well. Have you had any experience using ArtCam?

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    • George Vondriska

      I don’t have any experience with ArtCam, but have a little with Aspire, and it’s been OK for me. But I haven’t done a lot of 3D from scratch.

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  29. Bob Albers

    Why are kitchen cabinets typically taller than bathroom cabinets? I’m about to redo my bath & want to know if I’m about to violate some code which would give problems reselling the house

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    • George Vondriska

      Kitchen cabinets are taller because they’re a work surface. Best bet would be to check with your local building inspector before building.

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  30. Gary

    I would like to get a bandsaw but have limited space. Is a bench top worth the investment or better to just go without? Brand suggestion?

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    • George Vondriska

      I’ve taught in a variety of places where I used a bench top rather than stationary bandsaw, and they worked OK. This was a while ago, so not current models, but Ryobi and Delta both performed fine for me.

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  31. Angelo Battisti

    I would like to make a six sided tapered steeple for an altar I am building for a friend. The steeple will be about 4-5 inches at the bottom and 2-3 inches at the top. The height will be about 15-16 inches. I have tried to cut multiple pieces of 3/4 inch plywood and then glue the six strips together but have not been successful because it requires a double taper. Any tips on how I should proceed?

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  32. Ron Goff

    I’m having a bit of trouble understanding the questions as read. Could they be a bit louder. I usually am able to get the context of the question during the answer.

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  33. Claude Raasch

    I want to make a end grain cutting board. Can I glue scrap wood on the outside perimeter of the board and send it through the planer. From Wisconsin

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    • George Vondriska

      I know that people talk about doing this approach in order to plane end grain cutting boards, but I wouldn’t take the chance. If it goes badly (the wood breaking out of the cutting board) it can go REALLY badly.

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  34. myhogany

    oh darn! Thanks for the honesty.. Please please pass this question on to someone that can answer it.. the fiddleback seems to be part of the wavy thickness itself (perhaps that makes sense to the veneer expert). Whoever may have an answer can feel free to email me at MyhoganyWoodworks@gmail.com. Then I’ll share my phone number and maybe we can find an answer together..
    Thanks!! Mykel

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    • john tulk

      Whats the best way to join a skirt board to a 4×4 leg on a harvest table? biscuits or mortise and tenon? thanks for a reply

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      • George Vondriska

        Mortise and tenon will give you a lot more strength than biscuits. Loose tenon would be another good option. On something as large as a harvest table, I’d lean toward mortise and tenon or loose tenon.

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  35. Mark

    Need to connect a bed rail to the bed post. I have a bed rail fastener which is to be mortised in to the rail and post, one side with “hooks” and one with a mortised holes to accept the hooks. Any tips on how to figure how to line up the two contact points without having 4 arms to line it up?

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  36. Larry

    Sorry just got out of class and you may have covered a previous posted question, so if you have ignore this and I will watch the reposted video. I had emailed about understanding the strength of 3/4″ plywood in a vertical stile and rail. I am building a stand for a 48x18x24″H SW aquarium. Really don’t want to over engineer with 2×4’s. Is there a good place to learn how to know how wide to make the vertical styles to support the weight. Uniformed load on horizontal board over 4 vertical corner columns to hold max load 1,100 lbs. Any advice would be awesome. Thanks, Larry

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  37. Gary Coyne

    Follow up on my planner question where I occasionally have stalling. My wood is almost always white oak (I make arts & crafts furniture). If I want to clean the rollers, with what is it safe to clean them with? Paint thinner? What would you recommend. Thanks!

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    • George Vondriska

      If the rollers are rubber I’d stick with paint thinner (mineral spirits) and nothing stronger, or you might start to dissolve the rollers.

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    • George Vondriska

      Titebond II cures faster than Titebond I, so if you’re doing a complex glue up you might want to choose I over II.

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  38. Gary Coyne

    Oh yeah, I live in South Pasadena California. About 5 miles south of the Rose Bowl. South Pasadena is a separate city from Pasadena.

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  39. steve57765

    Can water based polyurethane be deluited to go on as wipe on as regular poly can be with mineral sprits?

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    • George Vondriska

      I’ve used water-based poly, but only through an HVLP sprayer. I’d check with the poly manufacturer before trying this on a project.

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  40. Michael

    Wonderful seminar, George. I had some of the same questions that were presented tonight. One thing I would like to comment on is Craftsman tools. I hate them, although I have a few. Their tools don’t allow for using aftermarket attachments so you have to buy theirs. Quality is also lacking. They may look nice, but precision is not one of their strong points. Have you ever reviewed any of Craftsman products? Thanks again. Some day I hope to get to one of your classes.

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    • George Vondriska

      I reviewed a lot of Craftsman products when I was the Tools and New Products Editor for American Woodworker Magazine. Like a lot of manufacturers, they make some good stuff and some not so good stuff.

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  41. Keith Dietrich

    George, I would like to comment on the way you mounted the dado set and saw blade. Keeping the saw collar clean and free of dust is very important. A spec of dust on the saw collar can cause a good saw blade to wobble. The same thing happens with dust in between the chippers and magnifies out to the outside blade. You mention that you recommend leaving the outside collar off and tighten the arbor nut against the outside blade. Doing so may cause a dishing of the set because of the undercut of the inside collar. Also the nut has very little contact with the blade and may come loose. Threads are designed that 3 threads have the maximum strength of the screw.
    I am a retired engineer that spent over 25 years with Systi-Matic Company designing saw blades and trouble shouting sawing problems.

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  42. Carole

    I buy a lot of tools, but don’t know how to use them. This site is very helpful. Thanks. One suggestion: please wear a lighter colored shirt on the videos. Some of the tools are difficult to see against a black shirt.

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  43. Jim Bartlett

    I find it very difficult to understand the questions being posed to George, due to the audio quality. It sounds like the voice of the lady who states the questions is being picked up at a microphone located too far away from her, which introduces echoes or something else that contributes to poor audio quality. Please consider either providing her a microphone of her own, or have George restate the questions.

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  44. Barry

    Love listening to you teach. I’m also a shop/industrial arts/ CTS teacher for Junior Senior High and Adult evening classes teacher. Been teaching for 30+ years and still love learning things new and being reminded of things I’ve not done in a while. For the last few years I’ve been on disability so when I get a chance to build I revel in the making but I truly miss teaching. Congratulations on being able to still teach and the success of your online and traveling classes.

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