Show Notes “Question Time” January 2021
14:16 What are your top five favorite tools?
16:02 Which domestic hardwood is most underused relative to its potential in furniture making?
16:47 How to glue up a workbench top without metal clamps.
18:13 Do you have a preference as to what sort of steel you use in your edge tools?
19:13 For Megan Fitzpatrick: Would you describe how you survive in a hostile testosterone-driven world?
21:32 How do you find your design “voice” in what you create? Is it a natural process? Or is there more intent behind it?
23:36 Do you find much time for furniture projects that you build purely for yourselves?
25:07 Demonstration on riving dry hardwood
28:24 Any obscure modern toolmakers we should be paying attention to?
30:06 What is some of the worst woodworking advice you received?
31:44 How do you get good? How do you progress to the next level?
34:33 Should I buy a combination plane or dedicated planes for grooves and rabbets?
35:51 Chris never seems to back up his work while drilling? How does he prevent blow-out? Are there special bits?
37:23 Any tips for making a Welsh stick chair into a rocking chair?
38:28 Are there good videos or books on how to take the crispness of your work up to high levels?
40:07 Do you guys miss having people in the shop for classes or open days?
42:11 Can Lost Art Press offer some critique or advice on getting a manuscript ready to publish?
45:07 Can you offer advice on shipping furniture to clients? Building crates? Using LTL services?
46:45 Why are solid-wood drawer bottoms beveled instead or rabbeted?
47:57 Advice for planing out pin knots without tear-out?
49:51 If I have a full set of hand tools, what power tools would you recommend I purchase to make furniture?
51:30 Should I use half-lap joints to join the stretchers to the legs of my workbench?
53:10 How do you find time to shift gears from making furniture to writing?
55:35 What temperature range do you suggest when using hot hide glue?
56:15 When you put a breadboard end on a table, how do you level the breadboard to the tabletop?
57:25 I’m making a field desk and am having trouble with tearout and tool marks on the African mahogany? Any advice?
59:10 What are your favorite woods to use?
1:00:40 What is the minimum air temperature for using your “shop finish” (equal parts varnish, boiled linseed oil and mineral spirits)? Can it be applied outside?
1:02:17 Could you expound on your new children’s books? What age range will they be for?
1:05:29 When I laminate a benchtop, does it matter if the boards are quartersawn, flatsawn or a mix?
1:06:47 What one act of woodworking gives you the most pleasure?
1:07:56 When drawboring a workbench, is there any advantage to using two drawbore pegs instead of one?
1:08:57 What one hand tool would you recommend for a hybrid woodworker?
1:09:20 In your new book on chairmaking, what are some of the tools you find yourself using the most?
1:09:50 Demonstration on making a stick round with handplanes