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ShopNotes Podcast E030 — What Grinds Your Chisels?

By: Phil Huber
It's the mid-summer airing of grievances.

All of us enjoy the time we spend in the shop building stuff. But that doesn't mean there aren't parts of the woodworking universe that get someone riled up.

What gets you worked up about woodworking?

John: Miters

Phil: Demeaning woodworkers based on tool choices ... and miters

Logan: the imperial measurement system

For those of you watching on YouTube, Logan was using the Bug-A-Salt to keep wasps at bay. @ASIN:B07RJZNY5C

Always good to hear from listeners:

First off, let me say that I am a long-time fan of all things Woodsmith. I've been a subscriber of WS since 1990 and I picked up ShopNotes around that time as well (R.I.P.). Definitely my overall favorite publications and most likely the best ones out there. I tune-in to the Woodsmith Shop and love what's going on there as well. I hope to see it continue on as long as possible.

I've just recently discovered podcasts and found the one for ShopNotes. The good just keeps on coming. I had a couple of things I wanted to pass on related to the topics in the last 2 or 3.

Phil, you talked about a project you did using Wenge (yes, the porcupine of woods) and the difference that the finish made that you put on it. I just recently replicated a tea box that Mike Pekovich of Fine Woodworking demo'd. As he did in the video, I used Wenge and the technique he showed using a wire brush and steel wool to give the Wenge texture. As Mike said, "...it takes away the dead feel...". If you've not seen that, then it's definitely worth checking out.

Regarding the "Shop Critters..." episode, I'm always shooing birds from my garage, but I recently found a bird's nest in the nail pocket of a tool belt that hangs on my pegboard. I guess it's not seen much use.

Again, my thanks to "Task Force Woodsmith" for the excellent content and being the woodworkers best companion. I'm very much looking forward to what's to come.

Thank you, Andrew Brown Army Retired

Published: July 31, 2020
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