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Fine Woodworking magazine editors and contributors answer your questions and share woodworking tips and techniques.

Episode Date
STL 178: To Glue One Edge or Two?

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Question 1:

From Amy: I've been using a piece of vegetable tanned leather with green waxy honing compound as a strop. I start by rubbing compound onto the shiny side of the leather. However, when I go to strop my carving knives, the pressure from my blade compresses the compound and it flakes off. Is there something wrong with my compound, or am I doing something wrong?

Question 2:

From Matt: I have some 10-in. wide 8/4 African Mahogany that I have been resawing into thinner boards.  I start by jointing one face then one edge and then resawing, usually down the middle. There is a good amount of tension in the boards, so after resawing they have a decent twist.  Do I need to let the boards re-acclimate before I re-joint and plane them, or can I do that immediately? Also, would I be better off not jointing the face and resawing to a center-line rather than using the bandsaw fence. It seems like a waste of time getting that face flat just so I can use the bandsaw fence.

  All Time Favorite Technique

Bob: Fixing a mistake and perfectly matching both the face grain and end grain. 

Ben: Using a sawbench to support the ramps when moving machinery off the back of a pickup truck

Mike: Using a bird-mouth joint to create dividers

Question 3:

From Matt (in Australia): I see many of the worlds best woodworkers only apply glue to one mating surface of a joint not both as advocated by Hoadley. When is it acceptable to only apply glue to one surface of a mating joint?

Question 4:

From Anthony: Last couple years I’ve been on the hunt for an 8” jointer and just recently I was able to secure a CL purchase on a 12” jointer that I’m pretty excited about. It’s a Bridgewood 12” 5hp that I picked up a few hours away from a now retired door maker. As with most home woodworkers, my jointing experience has been on a six inch jointer. What are the potential areas of concern with a larger jointer? In general, with a jointer, what leads up to an accident? Is it simply being unaware of your hands and proper use?


Ben - David Johnson's Instagram Page

Bob - His own Instagram page

Mike - Go buy a fresh bottle of glue

Every two weeks, a team of Fine Woodworking staffers answers questions from readers on Shop Talk Live, Fine Woodworking‘s biweekly podcast. Send your woodworking questions to for consideration in the regular broadcast! Our continued existence relies upon listener support. So if you enjoy the show, be sure to leave us a five-star rating and maybe even a nice comment on our iTunes page.

Dec 07, 2018
STL 175.5: Bonus Episode with Kate Swann

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Kate Swann is a lifetime woodworker, furnituremaker, and artist that known nation wide for her elegant custom furniture designs. Her unique works have been featured in magazines and act as functional furniture pieces in boardrooms, homes and retail spaces around the country. Renowned for her exquisite textural and surface embellishment work, Kate draws from her time spent wandering the globe as a shepherdess, outward bound instructor and translator. As the founder and director of the Florida School of Woodworking, she oversees the curriculum, and mission of the school. Her knowledge and skills come from many years of running Franklin St Fine Woodwork, a custom design/build company she co-founded over twenty years ago. Passionate about the artisanal crafts she works to inspire and motivate students to achieve new levels of accomplishment in the fine woodworking and to enjoy the value of incorporating artisanal work in their lives. We're excited to have the Florida School of Woodwork as the location for our first ever hands-on event, February 1-3, 2019. Fine Woodworking’s HANDS ON is a unique opportunity to expand your skills through personalized instruction from a diverse group of experts in an intimate setting.

Every two weeks, a team of Fine Woodworking staffers answers questions from readers on Shop Talk Live, Fine Woodworking‘s biweekly podcast. Send your woodworking questions to for consideration in the regular broadcast! Our continued existence relies upon listener support. So if you enjoy the show, be sure to leave us a five-star rating and maybe even a nice comment on our iTunes page.  

Nov 30, 2018
STL177: Pekovich's Primitive Projects

Question 1: From Matt: I have 3 questions about getting into kumiko: 1.) What (Japanese) chisel would you recommend starting with?

2.) What online/printed resources would you recommend?

3.) Any thoughts on preparing the strips without a tablesaw or drum sander? Question 2: From Martti: What is it in your preferred kumiko construction that ensures trouble-free cleanup over time for quite some years and decades? Segment: All Time Favorite Technique Ben - Loading magnets into a brass tube in order to keep the polarity correct

Mike - Sharpening a chisel to 20º-25º for paring end-grain on pine

Question 3: From Al: I am having some trouble laying out the pins and tales on the Wenge in the more traditional way, unlike  what Mike shows. Wenge is extremely hard and not at all forgiving and the grain tends to be a problem in scribing the wood. Perhaps this is why he choose to do this with the table saw and router methods.  Where can you get the table saw blade and the router bit to do it like Mike.

Every two weeks, a team of Fine Woodworking staffers answers questions from readers on Shop Talk Live, Fine Woodworking‘s biweekly podcast. Send your woodworking questions to for consideration in the regular broadcast! Our continued existence relies upon listener support. So if you enjoy the show, be sure to leave us a five-star rating and maybe even a nice comment on our iTunes page.

Nov 23, 2018
STL 176: Why we don’t like resawing on the tablesaw

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Question 1:

From Damon: It’s time for me to start surfacing rough boards, but I don’t have the money to buy BOTH a jointer and a planer. I do have a plan for milling stock without the jointer, please let me know what you think:

  1. Buy a lunchbox planer and build a sled for face jointing
  2. Build a jig for ripping a straight edge at the tablesaw
  3. After face jointing with the sled and then planing the stock to thickness, the plan is to a rip a straight edge on my table using the jig and then ripping to width using the fence.          

Do you know of a better way to mill to four square without a jointer?

Question 2:

From Granary: What are your thoughts on resawing at the tablesaw? I'm terrified of it, but was recently and reluctantly exposed to it as a method for expediting the process at the shop. But, as an intermediate woodworker, I can only see downsides to resawing at the tablesaw. While taking a class, after resawing a few times at the tablesaw, I had to request that I not do it. I felt like a total wuss, but at the same time, when I was holding the stock, and the saw was running, I just felt like it was going to go wrong.

Segment: All Time Favorite Technique

Anissa: Gluing on clamping blocks for miters

Ben: Using CA glue to glue a piece to an backer board in order to plane it thinner than 1/4-in.

Mike: Using shims to perfectly offset a piece

Question 3: Esoteric lumber questions!

From Craig: Needed some 16/4 ash stock for table legs. At my local lumberyard, I selected from a bin that contained a mix of flat, riff and quarter sawn boards, I pulled what I’d thought was an ideal piece, had the yard guy write up the tag, and then proceeded to the office. I noticed on the tag that the width of my selection was ~ 12/4. I suggested that I should pay the price for 12/4, rather than 16/4, but they were unpersuaded. It was foolish of me to suggest this, as at this yard the invisible sign on the wall reads “The customer is always wrong”

Love the show; Anissa “Long Pause” Kapsales is a nice addition

From Cameron: When breaking down a larger board do you prefer long or wide off cuts?  After listening to the pod for years now I’m obsessed with getting the best grain selection but don’t want to waste a whole board to get one piece.

As an example, I have a board that is 8-in. wide and 4-ft. long. From that I need piece that is 3-in. By 8-in. The best piece is on the edge of the board, 6-in. from the end.  


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Nov 09, 2018
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Oct 26, 2018
STL 175: Stressful Panel Glue Ups

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Question 1:

From Tom: I am building a credenza that will be 84" long, with solid walnut top and bottom. If the back is made of plywood (1/2" or 3/4"), is it ok to glue the back to the solid top and bottom pieces, or will differential wood movement cause this joint to fail?

Question 2:

From Ron: What are your opinions on the various panel clamps available (ie Damstom) and are any worth buying?   In most of your videos/articles I see shop made wooden cauls and lots of bar clamps, but I’m looking for a less stressful way since I struggle to keep things flat as I rush to get clamps on before the glue sets up.

Segment: All Time Favorite Tool

Ben: Sharpening stone box

Mike: Associate editor, Barry Dima, because he's a kiss up and gave him a set of dividers

Tom: Small hammer he STOLE from the FWW shop

Question 3:

From Craig: I am going to build Garrett Hack's huntboard from issue #187. One thing I am unsure of is how to attach the drawer runners. The only thing shown in the text and plan is that they are tenoned at the front to the rails, with no mention of the back. They can't be mortised into the back panel like the kickers due to the assembly order, and simply gluing them to the sides would lead to cross grain gluing issues. I've thought of a couple ways I could attach them, one being sitting on cleats attached to the case back, or screwed into the side partitions with elongated holes. Do you guys have any thoughts or know how Garrett secured these pieces?


Every two weeks, a team of Fine Woodworking staffers answers questions from readers on Shop Talk Live, Fine Woodworking‘s biweekly podcast. Send your woodworking questions to for consideration in the regular broadcast! Our continued existence relies upon listener support. So if you enjoy the show, be sure to leave us a five-star rating and maybe even a nice comment on our iTunes page.

Oct 26, 2018
STL 174: The power of the spring joint
Oct 12, 2018
STL 173: The Draw of the Wooden Handplane
Sep 28, 2018
STL 172: You're using your chisels wrong
Sep 14, 2018
STL 171: When the Instagram Critics Get To You
Aug 31, 2018
STL 170: Biscuit Joiner vs. Dowel Jigs
Aug 17, 2018
STL 169.5: Bonus Episode - Maplewoodshop

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Aug 10, 2018
STL 169: Bandsawn Surface vs. Tablesawn Surface
Aug 03, 2018
STL 168: Bevel Angles and Workbench Wood
Jul 20, 2018
STL 167: Tricky Glue-Ups

Mike, Matt, and Ben discuss glue-ups, premium vs. not-so-premium chisels, clogged handplanes, and milling lumber


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Jul 06, 2018
STL 166: Disappearing Tablesaw Guards
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Matt, Anissa, and Ben discuss tablesaw safety, working with round parts, drawbore joinery, wood movement, and their all-time favorite articles
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Articles discussed in this episode:
Drawbored Tenons by Steve Latta #241–July/Aug 2014 Issue -
Understanding Wood Movement by Christian Becksvoort #165–Sept/Oct 2003 Issue -
Five Essential Bandsaw Jigs by Michael Fortune #180–Nov/Dev 2005 Issue -
Greatest Commission Ever? by Jonathan Binzen #198–May/June 2008 Issue -
ARK Shark Guard from Leeway Workshop – A riving knife for old cabinet saws by Matt Kenney -
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Jun 22, 2018
STL 165: Staying Safe in the Shop

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Links from the show:

Make a Table from a Board by Michael Pekovich #243–Nov/Dec 2014 Issue -
Video Workshop: Single Board Side Table by Michael Pekovich -

Left-Tilt vs. Right-Tilt Tablesaws by Hendrik Varju #191–May/June 2007 Issue -

Tablesaw Kickback by Kelly Mehler #116–Jan/Feb 1996 Issue -
Video: The Mighty DIY Push Stick by Ellen Kaspern #265–Tools & Shops 2018 Issue -
Push pads that actually work. Are you ready? by Rollie Johnson -

Build a Prairie Settle by Kevin Rodel #199–July/Aug 2008 Issue -

Jun 08, 2018
STL 164: Sometimes you can blame the tools

Mike, Matt, and Ben discuss jointer setup, bad bandsaw blades, plywood workbenches, and Japanese chisels and their all-time favorite techniques

May 25, 2018
STL 163: The Unspoken Rules of Woodworking

Mike, Anissa, and Ben discuss Christian Becksvoort dovetailing, Mike then chaldovetail jigs, card scrapers, half-mortise locks, and Anissa admits to an epic smooth move

May 11, 2018
STL 162: Mary May, Marc Spagnuolo, and Tim Rousseau

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Apr 27, 2018
STL 161: The Lightning Round!

In a futile attempt to empty the inbox, Mike, Matt, and Ben blaze through 14 questions in this special quick-fire episode

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Apr 13, 2018
STL 160: Beginner Mistakes

Plus, dealing with a warped panel, keeping tabletops from moving, the safety of spalted wood, and a snippet from our interview with Brian Boggs

Mar 30, 2018
STL 159: Puttin' On Airs with Pocket Screws

Handplanes that don't hold adjustments, dull bandsaw blades, 6-in. vs. 8-in. jointers, favorite tools, and the reign of Ben begins

Mar 16, 2018
STL 158: You see a chisel, he sees your soul

Plus, bandsaw tables, mitered shooting boards, smooth moves, philosophical woodworking questions, glass disk sharpening systems, and pencil vs. knife

Mar 02, 2018
STL 157: The Tale of Professor Frid

Bandsaw speed settings, mitered rips by hand, cabinet scrapers, crosscut sleds, sliding dovetails, and all-time favorite articles and tools

Feb 16, 2018
STL 156: Is a bigger bandsaw better?

Plus, choosing stock for a desktop, sanding techniques for turning, chopping through mortises, favorite techniques, and a preview of Tom's interview with Gary Rogowski

Feb 02, 2018
STL 155: Swelling dovetails and fishtail chisels

Plus, ways to live without a jointer, bullnose bits, evening out color in sapele, favorite tools, and smooth moves


Jan 19, 2018
STL 154: Woodworking Resolutions

Plus, the guys discuss drawer and door reveals, shellac flakes, panel saws, shop layout, flattening chisels, and their all-time favorite articles

Jan 05, 2018
STL 153: Setting up shop with Justin Fink

Fine Homebuilding editor Justin Fink comes in to discuss shop heating, moving a post, shop floors, walling in utilities, and all time favorite shops of all time

Dec 22, 2017
STL 152: Winter Woodworking Woes

Plus, the guys talk about deciding what to build, Japanese vs Western style saws, favorite techniques, and what you should add to your holiday wishlist

Dec 08, 2017
STL 151: End Grain Guitars and Shop Storage

Plus, the guys talk about planing veneer, jointing long boards, angled tenons, honing guides, and philosophical woodworking questions

Nov 24, 2017
STL 150: Tim Coleman talks shop

Plus, the guys talk about outfeed tables, bandsaw drift, veneer thickness, and cross grain glue-ups

Nov 10, 2017
STL 149: Sharpening demystified

Plus, the guys talk about migrating sawdust staining the surrounding wood, shoulder planes, green wood, and they take a deep dive on drawer fitting

Oct 27, 2017
STL 148: Rust prevention and favorite jigs

Plus, the guys talk about the new issue, curved scrapers, prefinishing dos and don't, milling lumber for a workbench top, and dive into what perfection means

Oct 13, 2017
STL 147: Troublesome Tabletops and Too-Tight Box Joints

Plus, alternatives to taking woodworking classes, routing circle cut-outs, glue line creeping, favorite tools, and smooth moves

Sep 29, 2017
STL 146: Drying lumber and squashing squeeze-out

Plus, the guys talk about drawer reveals, finishing cutting boards, all time favorite techniques and their newest smooth moves

Sep 15, 2017
STL 145: Shooting boards and Chair Making

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04:50 - Question 1: 

I have a 400/1000 grit combination diamond stone, a high quality honing guide, and a leather strop. People always talk about removing the burr on the back of the blade after sharpening. I try to do that, but it seems to just bend back around and doesn't come off. I end up with a tiny sliver of iron on the end of my blade which is not straight and that I can bend with my finger. Why is this happening, what am I doing wrong?



11:00 - Question 2:

Is there a maximum board width you are comfortable gluing up for a table top? I've heard that wider boards that are ripped down somewhat are more stable in the long run. I'm using some hickory for my top, and the boards will be around 10" wide following stock prep. I'd prefer not to rip them down.


16:45 - All Time Favorite Tool of All Time... for this week:

Mike - Clamping cauls

Mike Pekovich: Arts and Crafts on Display
Ian Kirby: Gluing Up
Michael Fortune: How to Tame Tricky Glue-Ups

Ben - Lie Nielsen - Boggs curved spokeshave


37:50 - Question 3:

I recently made my first shooting board and modeled it after Mike’s shooting board with the sliding speed square for miters. My fence is dead square, checked with multiple hardware store squares but my cuts have yet to yield a square result. The consistent result is a cut that is high on the fence side of the board. After squaring and re-squaring many times I am at a loss. What am I doing wrong?


Mike Pekovich: 6 Essential Bench Jigs
Video: Mike Pekovich’s Go-To Work Holding Jigs

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52:10 - Question 4:

A few months ago, I made a small side table out of cherry for my wife.  The table came out great but I’ve noticed in the past weeks that the glue line has turned into an obnoxious orange color.  The table has sat in indirect sunlight since finished.  The dowels have a “starburst” effect of glue around them and the glue line between the boards in the panel are now clearly visible.  I was wondering if you’d ever experienced this.  I had thought I’d sanded enough to remove any residual glue but perhaps not.  Now that the project has been finished with Arm-R-Seal, would it work to sand off the finish to remove the glue marks and then re-finish it?  In the end, I’d like to make this project look great again.  Any thoughts would be most helpful.  Thanks for your time. 

- Daniel

56:00 - All Time Favorite Technique of All Time... for this week

Ben - Using a finder of a glove to seal your squeeze bottle of finish

Mike - Breaking up a complicated glue up into multiple parts

1:02:30 - Question 5:

When sharpening chisels, do you put a micro bevel on them or just a standard 25 degree?  


Sep 01, 2017
STL 144: MDF Benches and missing handplanes

Plus, Ben, Matt, and Anissa discuss their favorite furniture makers, rules for the shop, All Time Favorite Tools and FWW Articles

Aug 18, 2017
STL 143: Oilstones vs. Waterstones

Plus, the guys talk about dovetail spacing, hollow-chisel mortiser techniques, bucket-list furniture, smooth moves, and introduce a new segment taking a deep dive into surface prep

Aug 04, 2017
STL 142: Live from AWFS with John Ratzenberger and Rollie Johnson

The guys are in Vegas and get to chat with skills advocate John Ratzenberger. Rollie Johnson joins and helps answer questions about secondary woods, having logs milled, and grinding on the cheap. 

Jul 21, 2017
STL141: Vic Tesolin's Tool Bomb

Vic Tesolin stops by to talk tools and tool bombs, plus the guys talk about splash-and-go sharpening stones, inexpensive vises, fretsaws, shaping curved legs, tool cabinets, and their all-time favorite woodworking books of all time… for this week.

Jul 07, 2017
STL 140: The one with epic smooth moves

With Ben filling in for Tom, and Anissa Kapsales filling in for Matt, the group confesses smooth moves, discusses mortising options, intermediate projects, router tables, flattening cupped boards, and woodworking revelations. Plus, Mike is accused of being a bit cheeky with this all-time favorite technique.

Jun 23, 2017
STL 139: The horrors of moving your shop

Plus, the guys talk about how they make drawer stock, tablesaw horsepower, roll around carts, and making a miter sled for a benchtop saw

Jun 09, 2017
STL 138: Tool flipping and riving knives

Plus, the guys debate working from plans vs. improvising, how much stock to leave when milling, all time favorite techniques, and some recent tool bombs

May 26, 2017
STL 137: Paring chisels and bench grinder tips

Plus, the guys talk about attributes of a good woodworking student, picking the right wood for a project, and their all time favorite furniture and techniques 

May 12, 2017
STL 136: Shop Talk Live — Live!

A special episode recorded live from Fine Woodworking Live 2017, featuring guests Peter Follansbee, Vic Tesolin, Joshua Klein, Joe Taylor, and Wilbur Pan

Apr 28, 2017
STL 135: Essential handsaws and apartment woodworking

Plus, the guys talk about finishing drawer sides, planing curly maple, and all-time favorite techniques and tools. They also answer an age-old question: How important is a fore plane?

Apr 14, 2017
STL 134: Crosscut Sleds and Friendly Commissions

Plus, storing handplanes, swapping motors on a dangerous jointer, all time favorite techniques, furniture, and a listener asks the question, why does my plank stank? 

Mar 31, 2017
STL 133: On bandsaw blades and waterstones

Which bandsaw blades do you really need? Waterstones: to soak or not to soak. Plus all time favorite techniques and tools (hint: Matt has discovered tape, but it’s not blue!).

Mar 17, 2017
STL 132: Kickback, and why you should trust your gut before you cut

Advice for putting together a hand-tool kit, and some solid advice on picking hammers and mallets for woodworking. Plus, a question about contrast and smooth moves and favorite furniture.

Mar 03, 2017
STL 131: Leg vise lowdown and favorite techniques

Plus the guys talk about keeping stains off workpieces, drill-press mortising attachments, grain direction on tabletops, and Ben makes everyone squirm with one of his favorites.

Feb 17, 2017
STL 130: Workbench advice and waterfall joinery

Bench tips for a fledgling woodworker. Plus a call for help, and update on SawStop vs. Bosch, and our all time favorite furniture and tools.

Feb 03, 2017
STL 129: Vise advice and shipping tips

Using a cast-iron vise as an end vise, tips on shipping furniture safely, and  Matt is haunted by saw diapers. Plus smooth moves and all-time favorite articles.

Jan 20, 2017
STL 128: Favorite chisels and rusty tools

Plus, the guys talk about their favorite furniture of all time, all time techniques, crusty finishes, and the all important question — does your tablesaw need a diaper?

Jan 06, 2017
STL 127: Smooth moves and workbench woes

Ben fills in for Tom and the guys talk about milling lumber, what they love and loathe about their workbenches, what to do with reclaimed lumber, and which block plane Willie HG should buy

Dec 23, 2016
STL126: Brian Boggs reveals his ninja secrets

The guys talk about tool storage, sharpening stone purchases, and their all time favorite techniques... for this week. Plus a great interview with Brian Boggs about design, becoming a pro, and crazy bandsaw techniques. 

Dec 09, 2016
STL 125: Don’t eat the shellac

Mike’s masterful moment on (web) TV. Plus the guys talk about nontoxic finishes and reveal their all-time favorite techniques and FWW articles of all time... for this week.

Nov 25, 2016
STL 124: Rollie Johnson talks bandsaw blades

Rollie Johnson talks about his new blog and talks about choosing bandsaw blades. Plus hand-tool tricks for rabbets and favorite techniques and tools.

Nov 11, 2016
STL 123: Nick Offerman's All-Time Favorite Tool
Oct 28, 2016
STL 122: Matt hides his splines

Favorite techniques, including Matt’s method of hiding splines in miters. What nail guns you need, fixing punky patches on spalted maple, and favorite furniture of all time... for this week.

Oct 14, 2016
STL 121: Finishing tips and favorite techniques

The low-down on prefinishing parts, and the perfect finish for tools and drawer runners. Plus, Matt expresses his adoration for the Domino, and Mike has some tips for through-tenons.

Sep 30, 2016
STL 120: Smooth moves and surprise questions

IWF: Tom’s cabinet blunder and other smooth moves. Plus we roll out some new segments: stats and surprise questions. Will they make the cut?

Sep 16, 2016
STL 119: Favorite tools from IWF 2016

IWF: What happened Atlanta did not stay in Atlanta. How to fix a wax headache, and the best approach to angling a mortise for a wedged tenon. Plus all-time favorite articles, and a shocking revelation as Matt admits that Ben was right!

Sep 02, 2016
STL 118: Dovetail tips and favorite techniques

Highlights from Matt’s appearance on The Highland Woodworker show.  Handsaw buying advice. Plus the guys share tips on half-blind dovetails and their all-time favorite techniques of all time... for this week.

Aug 19, 2016
STL 117: Catching up with Gary Rogowski

We get the lowdown on Gary Rogowski's mentoring program for high-school woodworkers. Plus, what's up with the new magazine cover design? And our all-time favorite tools of all time... for this week.

Aug 05, 2016
STL 116: Fine Woodworking Live returns

Tom chats a bit about Fine Woodworking Live, which is making a comeback in 2017. Plus favorite furniture and a new segment, All Time Favorite Article of All Time... for This Week.

Jul 22, 2016
STL 115: Crotch walnut by another name

With Tom on vacation Ben fills in as host. Mike and Matt argue cast iron vs. bronze, miter saw specs, and whether Mike actually works on his cars or not.

Jul 08, 2016
STL 114: Matt turns the tables on Ben’s tool bomb

Get better results with a card scraper and some paste wax tips. Plus favorite furniture and tools, and the down-low on calculating the load-bearing strength of wood for projects (hint: ditch the calculator).

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Jun 24, 2016
STL 113: Tool bomb, or not tool bomb?

Matt schools Ben in the art of the tool bomb, and Tom has a senior moment. Plus, converting a jack to a scrub, cedar balls to the rescue, and a rust surprise under the cherry scraps.

Jun 10, 2016
STL 112: Someone spelched, and Matt doesn’t like it

Matt lays down the law on spelching in the shop. Plus super glues for woodworking, when to save scraps, and favorite furniture and tools of all time... for this week.

May 27, 2016
STL 111: Get to know Garrett Hack better

Garrett Hack replaces Mike... for this week. Plus left- vs. right-handed benches, advice on flattening blades, and finally, the big question: can you straighten wood with steam?

May 13, 2016
STL 110: Those sexy shapton stones

Saw sharpening, smooth moves and the merits of a longer sanding block. The guys cover it all and it even gets a little steamy (and awkward) in the room.

Apr 29, 2016
STL 109: Machine mayhem and explosive shellac

Tom gets a shellac surprise. Plus the fix for a funky jointer, replacing a tablesaw with a bandsaw, and All-Time Favorite Furniture and Tools of all time... for this week.

Apr 15, 2016
STL 108: Matt Kenney has left the building

Ben Strano mans Matt’s snark chair and attempts to resist its devilish power. Plus, can a cheap handplane do good work? Can, and should, you build a period piece with the Domino?

Apr 01, 2016
STL 107: Tips Master, Jim Richey

The guys talk about their all-time favorite Methods of Work of all time, this week. Plus, an interview with Jim Richey, the man who made Methods of Work.

Mar 18, 2016
STL 106: Charles Brock, host of The Highland Woodworker web TV

The guys talk to Charles about the new partnership between Fine Woodworking and his show. Plus, tips on chisel sharpening, using undermount drawer slides, and moving big machines. Plus, our All Time Favorite Furniture of All Time... for this week.

Mar 04, 2016
STL 105: Why We Build What We Build

The guys talk about inspiration and what they like to build and reveal their all-time favorite tool of all time... this week. Plus reader questions on scrapers, joinery, and the changing color of wood.

Feb 26, 2016
STL 104: Clark Kellogg, Pro Furniture Maker and Instagram Star

Clark Kellogg  talks about the schools of Krenov and Korn and how they affected his woodworking career, plus the zen of letter-carving, and why he’s so popular on Instagram.

Feb 12, 2016
STL 103: All Time Favorite Furniture of All Time... for this week

In our new “all-time favorite” segment, the guys talk about furniture designs they like.  Plus, how to hang a saw, the cure for wonky concrete floors,  and buying advice for machinery—when bigger is better.

Jan 29, 2016
STL 102: The new guy from Nashville

Ben Strano, the new web guy, is in the house. Combo machine or separate jointer and planer? Plus wood and fire don’t mix, affordable spray options, and sharpening twist bits—NOT.

Jan 15, 2016
STL 101: Cherry is No Substitute for White Oak

Mike extolls the virtues of quartersawn white oak in Arts and Crafts work. Plus the guys reveal their New Year’s woodworking resolutions and chat about how to keep warm in a winter shop.

Dec 30, 2015
STL 100: Matt is out of control, plus a mystery guest

It’s our 100th episode, with a special guest to celebrate. Plus we interview new contributing editor Chris Gochnour. Also, we chat up our favorite dovetail methods, and Matt gets a talkin’ to.

Dec 18, 2015
STL 99: Waterstone Detectives

Woodworking sleuths solve the case of the unmarked waterstones. Plus a planing sled for small parts, tips for wheeled workbenches, fixes for resaw wrongs, and more boneheaded smooth moves.

Dec 02, 2015
STL 98: Mike’s Stick Trick, and the Fabric of Matt

Rust-prevention advice for a reader readying to move his shop. Matt shows his eye for fashion with fabric-lined boxes. Plus Mike chats about his stick trick, and Tom comes to terms with a drawknife.

Nov 19, 2015
STL 97: The Guys are Toast

Why you don’t need dog holes in your workbench. Plus, get the lowdown on left- vs. right-tilting tablesaws, spokeshave starter tips, and Mike’s take on toasters (yup, we went there!).

Nov 05, 2015
STL 96: Tablesaws and Tool Tests

Fine Woodworking contributing editor Roland (a.ka., Rollie) Johnson talks about how the magazine test machinery, and drops a few details about  his latest head-to-head test: compact cabinet saws. Plus, our favorite techniques of the week, loads of sharpening advice, and yet another cool use of blue tape.

Oct 22, 2015
STL 95: Looking Back Fondly

Another Fine Woodworking staffer leaves the fold. Plus, favorite tools, inspirational articles, the value of choosing local woods, and the haunting of Gabriel?

Oct 08, 2015
STL 94: A Fond Farewell

A Fine Woodworking staffer departs Shop Talk Live. Plus, questions on handplaning, sanding, workbenches, and more.

Sep 25, 2015
STL 93: Nick Offerman's Dream Shop

Nick Offerman describes the inner workings of his Los Angeles workshop, working with big slabs, and more. Plus, your questions on woodworking and an "All Time Favorite Technique of All Time."

Sep 11, 2015
STL 92: Please CLOSE the Bathroom Door

Big questions on tablesaw alignment are answered by Roland Johnson. Plus weird stories from the road concerning workbenches, potty breaks, and a whole lot more.

Aug 28, 2015
STL 91: Best Way to Destroy Furniture

We report on the—some-would-say—heartbreaking  destruction of furniture. Plus, new smooth moves, all time favorite tools AND techniques, and your questions answered.

Aug 14, 2015
STL 90: Gorilla Glue for Fine Furniture

This week we turn to furniture maker Craig Thibodeau for answers on how to use foamy Gorilla Glue for fine furniture projects. Plus, your questions on planing end grain, working with live edge slabs, and more.

Jul 31, 2015
STL 89: Workbench Wisdom

This week we focus on a variety of workbench and vise questions. Plus, updates on Matt's trip to Lie-Nielsen, more All Time Favorite Tools, Smooth Moves, and your woodworking questions.

Jul 17, 2015
STL 88: Marquetry Master Craig Thibodeau

Furniture maker and FWW contributor Craig Thibodeau sits in for an interview on this week's edition. Plus, your woodworking questions answered.

Jul 02, 2015
STL 87: Shop Talk Live Moving to Video

This week we're launching the big video experiment. Now you can listen OR watch your favorite woodworking podcast. This week's topics include dovetails, dust collection, handplane rehab, and more.

Jun 19, 2015
STL 86: Furniture Maestro Chris Gochnour—Part 2

We wrap up our interview with FWW contributor Chris Gochnour while tackling questions on bandsaws, miter joints, and more. Plus, new All Time Favorite Tools and Techniques of All Time!

Jun 05, 2015
STL 85: Furniture Maker Chris Gochnour

Fine Woodworking contributing author Chris Gochnour sits down with Matt Kenney for a lengthy discussion on his favorite tools, successes and failures as a professional woodworker, and building a desk for the governor of Utah.

May 22, 2015
STL 84: One Big Problem with Helical Cutterheads

Helical cutterheads are all the rage for jointers and planers, but is there a white elephant in the room? Plus, your questions on finishing, mortise-and-tenon joinery, and a whole lot more.

May 08, 2015
STL 83: Outfit Your Shop for Under 2-Grand

Ed's workbench helps him combat a pesky skunk, tips on setting up a workshop on the cheap, and a super-cool mortising jig.

Apr 24, 2015
STL 82: Matt Kenney's Controversial Arrest

Mike and Ed break the bad news about the supposed arrest of Matt Kenney before diving into questions on sharpening, workbenches, woodworking clamps, and a whole lot more.

Apr 10, 2015
STL 81: Weird Woodworking Tools

Weird woodworking tools that that are either totally useless, or totally cool. Plus your woodworking questions on milling, veneering, huge machinery, and a whole lot more.

Mar 27, 2015
STL 80: Workbench Troubles

This week, we help two woodworkers with workbench troubles. Other topics include surface prep and machinery speed settings, plus a new Smooth Moves and All Time Favorite Technique segments.

Mar 13, 2015
STL 79: Ed's Mysterious Basement Experience

What's Ed doing in a strange basement and why is his wife taking all the "credit?" Plus, your questions on restoring vintage machinery, setting up a new jointer, and a whole lot more.

Feb 27, 2015
STL 78: Makin' Sparks on Yer Tablesaw

Ed Pirnik reveals his most boneheaded shop blunder yet. Plus, your woodworking questions on everything from chisels and power tools, to getting started and honing design skills.

Feb 13, 2015
STL 77: A Woodworker's Dream Job

Lee Valley Tools Technical Advisor Vic Tesolin—a woodworker with what lots of folks might consider a "dream job—" stops by to talk shop. Plus, your woodworking questions answered and a quick update on Working Wood in the 18th Century.

Jan 30, 2015
STL 76: The Drunken Woodworker

Drunken Woodworker David Picciuto joins the Shop Talke Live crew to fill us in on everything from bandsawn boxes and Star Wars, to the internet woodworking community and more.

Jan 16, 2015
STL 75: Return of the Tool Bomb

The  gang recounts some of their worst tool purchases ever. Plus, your questions on tablesaws, router tables, handplanes, and more.

Dec 30, 2014
STL 74: Mastering the Molding Plane

Why are molding planes so cool, and where can they outperform a router bit? Plus, Matt Kenney's bogus sick call and questions on everything from workbenches and riving knives, to hand tools and end grain.

Dec 12, 2014
STL 73: Sticking it to the EU

Seems like some guys still rip wood without a fence. Plus, how does a woodworker get a dado set onto a European tablesaw, and your woodworking questions answered.

Nov 28, 2014
STL 72: Another Tablesaw Lawsuit

We interview SawStop president Steve Gass and trial attorney John Bell regarding the latest verdict in a tablesaw liability suit. Plus, big news regarding a new SawStop product!

Nov 14, 2014
STL 71: Return of the Speed Tenon

The guys field questions on everything from vacuum sealing your shellac flakes, to a debate on the safety and merits of Christian Becksvoort's speed tenoning technique.

Oct 31, 2014
STL 70: Lie-Nielsen Live

Shop Talk Live sits down with acclaimed tool maker Thomas Lie-Nielsen. Plus, your woodworking questions answered.

Oct 17, 2014
STL 69: Mike's Goldrush Doppelganger

How does Fine Woodworking's Mike Pekovich have time to craft a magazine while appearing on the Goldrush television show? Plus, Tips on scoring tools at bargain basement prices and your questions on handplanes, milling painted wood, and more.

Oct 03, 2014
STL 68: Maine Furniture Master Tim Rousseau

Matt Kenney interviews Maine furniture maker and instructor Tim Rousseau on everything from favorite tools and biggest failures, to sage advice for aspiring woodworkers. Plus, your questions on handplanes, card scrapers, sharpening, and a whole lot more!

Sep 19, 2014
STL 67: Ask a Rocket Scientist Returns

Ed gets roasted by a reader for exaggerating router bit speeds, causing the team to re-introduce our Ask a Rocket Scientist segment. Plus, your woodworking questions answered.

Sep 05, 2014
STL 66: SawStop Gets a Slider

This week Matt Kenney reports live from the showroom floor of the International Woodworker's Fair on new tool and machinery news. Plus, a few tips on getting started in serious woodworking, your questions, and a whole lot more.

Aug 22, 2014
STL 65: Wicked Workshop Tips

Ed & co. relay some of there favorite tips for crafting the perfect workshop before answering your woodworking questions. Plus, Mike on strange Japanese toilets, and tips on how to fool your sanitation man? What?

Aug 08, 2014
STL 64: Lie-Nielsen's Epic Open House

Matt Kenney reports on his visit to Maine tool makers, Lie-Nielsen. Plus, new Smooth Moves, Tool Bombs, and your woodworking questions answered.

Jul 24, 2014
STL 63: The Micro-Sized Workshop

Can you still build quality furniture in a workshop shoehorned into an apartment? You betcha. Plus, your woodworking questions on finishing tips, dust collection, bandsaws, and a whole lot more.

Jul 11, 2014
STL 62: Chevrolets for Marquetry

This week, Ed somehow manages to bring Chevrolet into a conversation concerning traditional marquetry as we wrap up our two-part interview with period furniture master Patrick Edwards. Plus, your questions on rusty tablesaws, old bandsaws, out-of-square workbenches and much more.

Jun 27, 2014
STL 61: Mind-Blowing Marquetry

Asa Christiana interviews marquetry super-star Patrick Edwards, the group fesses up to even more dumpster diving steals, and your woodworking questions answered.

Jun 13, 2014
STL 60: Dumpster Diving for Terrific Tools

Ed and Mike come clean regarding a hobby involving dirty dumpsters. Plus, your questions on workbenches, tablesaw adjustments, block plane sharpening, and more.

May 30, 2014
STL 59: No Such Thing as Too Many Tools

Fine Woodworking contributing editor and self-described tool junkie Rollie Johnson takes your questions on power tools and machinery, and we reveal why anchor chain iron makes great chisels and plane irons. Yup, anchor chain iron. You heard right.

May 16, 2014
STL 58: Woodworking's an Art—No it's Not

Conflicts arise as we duke it out over whether woodworking can be considered an "art." Plus, your questions on tablesaw splitters, nasty handplane tearout, high-priced Japanese chisels, and more.

May 02, 2014
STL 57: Tablesaw Accident Update

We learn of a potential new miracle treatment for a tablesaw injury victim, answer your woodworking questions, and gain new insights on the acclaimed woodworkers featured on our back covers.

Apr 18, 2014
STL 56: James Krenov's Legacy Lives On

This week, Shop Talk Live travels to California for an interview with College of the Redwoods lead instructor Laura Mays. Plus, your woodworking questions and even a few words from that late James Krenov.

Apr 04, 2014
STL 55: Mike's Tool Chest Disaster

Mike Pekovich comes clean about a tool chest disaster that cost him a lockset and a bit of his pride. Plus your questions on panel glue-ups, wiping varnish, moisture meters, and more.

Mar 25, 2014
STL 54: Greatest Hit and a Slight Delay

This week, we're on vacation. So sit back and enjoy one of our greatest hits: it's our 2012 interview with Lee Valley's very own Robin Lee. Learn how your hand tools are made!

Mar 21, 2014
STL 53: Bitchin' Block Rabbet Planes

Matt Kenney starts a heated debate on the use of flock by box makers. Then it's off to the races as we handle a whole host of questions on rabbet planes, block planes, rabbeting block planes—you name it! Plus, Fine Woodworking's resident reclaimed lumber expert talks shop.

Mar 07, 2014
STL 52: A Hit Man in the Workshop

Get the inside scoop on weird woodworking road stories. Plus, your questions on handplaning vs. sanding, shooting boards, hide glues, expansion and contraction issues with tricky wood doors, and more.

Feb 21, 2014
STL 51: Used Diapers in the Workshop?

How can cloth diapers help you in the workshop? Tune in and find out. Plus, your questions on cold glue-ups, live edge tops, drill/driver voltage, and more.

Feb 07, 2014
STL 50: Tool Bombs and Colonial Woodworking

Matt Kenney fills us in on an annual gathering of period furniture-makers in Colonial Williamsburg and we introduce a brand-new segment we're dubbing "Tool Bombs." Plus, questions on everything from vintage handplanes and bug-infested wood—to basement workshops and handplane micro-bevels.

Jan 24, 2014
STL 49: Power Tool Power

Learn what all those hyped up horsepower ratings on your favorite power tools really mean in terms of a motor's capability. Plus, questions on workbench tops, kitchen cabinet construction, bent-wood laminations, and more! Plus, Matt Kenney dishes out on his experiences selling commisioned furniture pieces.

Jan 10, 2014
STL 48: Guitar God Mike Pekovich

This week, we introduce Mike Pekovich: Rock God, answer your woodworking questions, and gain insights into woodworking for a profit.

Dec 27, 2013
STL 47: Compromising Photos from FWW

This week Ed reports on a shopmade gift that fell flat on its face and introduces a new Visual Shop Stumper, Plus, the guys answer questions on epoxy, sharpening a spokeshave, buying lumber on Craigstlist, and more.

Dec 13, 2013
STL 46: Ed Cuts the Cord—Literally

With the holidays here, it's time to reflect on past "service woodworking" projects and answer reader questions on everything from handplanes and finishes—to the ancient Golden Ratio. Plus, Ed cops to his most boneheaded shop move, EVER!

Nov 28, 2013
STL 45: Taking the Fun Out of Fine Woodworking

We welcome our new editor onto the show and tackle questions including tips on working with furniture-grade plywood, bandsaw wisdom, and how dumpster diving can get you into trouble. Plus, we tackle the question of whether Shop Talk Live is too heavy on chit-chat and too light on woodworking. To do this, we debut a brand new segment that just might take the "fun" out of Fine Woodworking!

Nov 15, 2013
Shop Talk Live 44: Big Changes for Fine Woodworking

This week we announce some big changes at Fine Woodworking magazine before diving into questions concerning specialty handplanes, steambending wood, and more. Plus, the Audio Shop Stumper returns with a very special Shop Talk Live challenge!

Nov 01, 2013
Shop Talk Live 43: Richard Raffan Comes Stateside

This week we welcome celebrated Australian woodturner Richard Raffan to Shop Talk Live and offer readers a chance to get their hands on a lathe christened by the master himself. Plus, we answer a whole host of questions on router tables, handplanes, dust collection, and just how much shop is enough.

Oct 17, 2013
Shop Talk Live 42: Top Secret Woodworking Topics

This week on Shop Talk Live, Ed Pirnik reports on some government big-wigs at a foreign U.S. consulate who read Fine Woodworking magazine and gives the low-down on a brand-new video set under construction at FWW's editorial office. Plus, your questions on toxic paste wax, resawing basics, raised panel doors, and a whole lot more.

Oct 04, 2013
Shop Talk Live 41: Ask a Rocket Scientist

Tablesaw safety comes center-stage as we bring a certified, honest-to-goodness rocket scientist to Shop Talk Live. Plus, we answer a variety of questions including how to deal with "gummy" bandsaw blades, stubborn handplane tearout in figured maple, and hand tools for intricate inlay work.

Sep 20, 2013
Shop Talk Live 40: From Compass Planes to Corrugated Planes

This week's show brings questions on compass planes, clamp pads, wiping varnish and more, as we answer your questions. Plus, FWW art director Mike Pekovich fesses up to the biggest Smooth Move in the history of Shop Talk Live!

Sep 06, 2013
Shop Talk Live 39: Handplane Hassles and Hardships

This week we break down the reasons for taking the plunge into the world of handplanes and offer a whole host of tips for tuning up a vintage spokeshave (essentially a handplane). Our Audio Shop Stumper is back again this week with a chance to bring home not one prize, but two! Plus, your woodworking questions answered!

Aug 23, 2013
Shop Talk Live 38: Brian Boggs' Brainy Shop Machinery

This week, we report to you live from Fine Woodworking's second annual live event in New Haven, CT, and welcome the Modern Woodworkers' Association to the show. Plus, Brian Boggs, one of the south's most notable chairmakers, sits in for an interview.

Aug 12, 2013
Shop Talk Live 37: SawStop Portable in the Works?

This week, Ed Pirnik and Asa Christiana report live from AWFS 2013, one of the biggest woodworking machinery and supply shows anywhere. We cover a whole host of new tools and grab exclusive interviews with the brains behind them--including an update regarding SawStop's portable unit, straight from the horse's mouth!

Jul 29, 2013
Shop Talk Live 36: Definitely a Dovetail Disaster

A finely-built cabinet is useless if you can't get the doors and drawers open. Find out how to prevent wood movement problems and get your woodworking questions answered on this week's Fine Woodworking podcast. Plus, why is Ed Pirnik talking about "weenie rollers?"

Jul 12, 2013
Shop Talk Live 35: Legendary Workshops

Matt Kenney continues his interview with master woodworker Michael C. Fortune. Then, the crew offers up its go-to guide for legendary workshops and museums every woodworker should have on their bucket list. And as always, we answer your woodworking questions.

Jun 28, 2013
Shop Talk Live 34: Bandsaw Master Michael Fortune

This week it's all power tools, all the time. Plus, our exclusive interview with Michael Fortune, a Fine Woodworking-inspired TV drama, and Matt's BIG jointer news!

Jun 14, 2013
Shop Talk Live 33: Best Bets for Jointer-Planer Upgrades

Are helical cutterheads worth the investment on your jointer? Find out this week on Shop Talk Live. Plus, we reveal an exceptional value for brass hinges, introduce Matt's new theme music, and answer a whole host of your woodworking questions.

Jun 07, 2013
Shop Talk Live 32: Vintage Machinery Bargains and Blunders

Matt Kenney searches the internet for vintage woodworking machinery and bites off a bit more than he can chew. Then it's off to the races as we answer your woodworking questions and offer up even more, yes more, handplane 101.

May 24, 2013
Shop Talk Live 31: Ditch That Miter Saw for a Tablesaw

Fine Woodworking staffers tackle questions on planers, bandsaws, workbenches, and more. Plus, Matt Kenney gets busted for running staples over a jointer, and we catch some serious flack from an angry listener!

May 10, 2013
Shop Talk Live 30: Super-Smooth Handplane Tips

On this week's edition, Ed Pirnik gets a gentle ribbing from his co-hosts. Plus, we dive into understanding handplane bevel angles, the plusses and minuses of jointer/planer combo machines, and more!

Apr 22, 2013
Special Announcement from Shop Talk Live

Due to an ill host and our normal cast of characters being on the road photographing a variety of new articles for Fine Woodworking magazine, we're postponing the release of Episode 30 until Monday, April 22, 2013.

Apr 19, 2013
Shop Talk Live 29: Secrets for Sharp Blades and Perfect Plane Irons

Asa Christiana, Matt Kenney, and Ed Pirnik wax poetic on what makes them tick as woodworkers, plus, the guys tackle a whole host of sharpening-related questions on Fine Woodworking's biweekly podcast.

Apr 05, 2013
Shop Talk Live 28: Shocking Confession from a Fine Woodworking Staffer

This week, we hear a Fine Woodworking staffer's shocking confession about allegations of tool abuse, address some examples of tablesaw safety that leave a lot to be desired, and answer your questions.

Mar 22, 2013
Shop Talk Live 27: Million Dollar Woodworker

On this week's episode of Shop Talk Live, we hit the road for an interview with furniture master Phil Lowe, then dive into answering your woodworking questions, with a bit of help from actor/woodworker Nick Offerman.

Mar 08, 2013
Shop Talk Live 26: Workbench Glue-Up Conundrum

On this week's edition of Shop Talk Live, editor Asa Christiana officially announces Fine Woodworking Live 2013. Plus, we answer a whole host of woodworking questions, including a debate on how best to tackle big workbench top laminations without a beefy jointer!

Feb 22, 2013
Shop Talk Live 25: Time for a New Monster Workbench?

FWW senior editor Matt Kenney decides it's time for an even bigger workbench. Plus, Matt and senior web producer Ed Pirnik go mano-a-mano over differing views on workbench finishes. Plus, your woodworking questions answered!

Feb 07, 2013
Shop Talk Live 24: Wicked Weapon for Terrific Tenons

Ed Pirnik sings the praises of his new favorite tool for cutting tenons. Plus, Asa and Ed tackle woodworking questions on thickness planers, building a traditional workbench with minimal tools, and much more.

Jan 25, 2013
Shop Talk Live 23: Cuba's Forgotten Furniture Masterpieces

Ed Pirnik fills us in on his recent trip to Cuba, with a special focus on furniture lost to the revolution and a house built of Cuban mahogany. Then it's time to address listener questions with Matt Kenney and Mike Pekovich.

Jan 11, 2013
Shop Talk Live 22: Handplane How-To

Asa Christiana, Matt Kenney, and Ed Pirnik answer your woodworking questions and welcome members of the Modern Woodworkers Association onto the show.

Dec 28, 2012
Shop Talk Live 21: Tablesaw Tech

Mike Pekovich, Matt Kenney, and Ed Pirnik delve into the murky underworld of vintage tablesaw rehab and have a little fun at the expense of contributing editor Christian Becksvoort. Plus, outtakes from last week's episode of Parks and Recreation featuring FWW contributing editor Christian Becksvoort.

Dec 14, 2012
Shop Talk Live 20: Fine Woodworking on Primetime TV

This week on Shop Talk Live, get the scoop on an upcoming appearance by Fine Woodworking staffers on NBC primetime TV.

Nov 30, 2012
Shop Talk Live 19: All Time Favorite Techniques of All Time

Fine Woodworking editor Asa Christiana, art director Michael Pekovich, and senior web producer Ed Pirnik answer questions from readers and present a few of their favorite woodworking techniques in a brand new segment.

Nov 09, 2012
Shop Talk Live 18: George Nakashima 2.0

Fine Woodworking senior web producer Ed Pirnik and senior editor Jon Binzen hit the road once again, this time bound for New Hope, Pennsylvania and the workshop of George Nakashima. Later on in the episode, Ed, Jon and FWW editor Asa Christiana answer readers' questions and offer up a brand new audio Shop Stumper.

Oct 26, 2012
Shop Talk Live 17: How Your Hand Tools Are Made

Asa Christiana hits the road, bound for Lee Valley/Veritas and a look at the manufacturing process behind some of today's most popular hand tools. Plus, Ed Pirnik introduces the new Shop Stumpers segment and offers listeners a chance to win a copy of woodworker Garrett Hack's classic title, The Handplane Book.

Oct 11, 2012
Shop Talk Live 16: A Lethal Dose of PEG?

Mike Pekovich, Matt Kenney, and Ed Pirnik answer your woodworking questions. Plus, we investigate the so-called "lethality" of some woodworking chemistry mentioned on an earlier episode.

Sep 28, 2012
Shop Talk Live 15: Curvy Cabinet Conundrum

Asa Christiana Matt Kenney, and Ed Pirnik discuss an upcoming Video Workshop project series and answer woodworking questions from Fine Woodworking readers.

Sep 14, 2012
Shop Talk Live 14: Who Needs Half-Blind Dovetails?

Fine Woodworking art director Mike Pekovich, senior editor Matt Kenney, and senior web producer Ed Pirnik answer your woodworking questions on furniture-building-basics and sharpening. Plus, a controversial debate on the merits of half-blind dovetails.

Aug 31, 2012
Shop Talk Live 12: Fine Woodworking Live with Nick Offerman

Woodworker/actor Nick Offerman and contributing editor Christian Becksvoort join the editors to answer your woodworking questions and check in on the action at Fine Woodworking's very first live event.

Aug 05, 2012
Shop Talk Live 11: That Sinking Feeling

Asa Christiana, Mike Pekovich, and Ed Pirnik answer your woodworking questions and reflect on their own building blunders.

Jul 20, 2012
Shop Talk Live 10: Handplanes for a Desert Island

Mike Pekovich and Ed Pirnik answer your woodworking questions and wax poetic about workbench tech.

Jul 06, 2012
Shop Talk Live 9: Four Finger Swipe

Asa Christiana and Matt Kenney answer your woodworking questions and ponder the tech-savvy nature of "tweens."

Jun 22, 2012
Shop Talk Live 8: Just a Splash of Water

Pekovich and Matt Kenney reflect on lessons-learned from early visits to the lumberyard with special guest, FWW web producer Lisa Morgan.

Jun 08, 2012
Shop Talk Live 7: Mike Gets Crickets

Mike Pekovich and Matt Kenney school us on the Fibbonacci sequence and how it can help your furniture design. Plus, Mike gets teased over his boring glue bottle.

May 25, 2012
Shop Talk Live 6: On the Pod

Asa Christiana and Jeff Jewitt tackle your finishing-related questions. Plus, the cops show up to apprehend Jeff.

May 11, 2012
Shop Talk Live 5: Compounding Errors

Asa Christiana and Mike Pekovich tackle the pluses and minuses of potential new tablesaw legislation. Plus, Mike and Asa reveal their most recent woodworking blunders.

Apr 27, 2012
Shop Talk Live 4: Dueling Cabinets

Mike Pekovich and Matt Kenney answer questions from readers. Plus, Ed Pirnik reveals the sordid behind-the-scenes details of a recent April Fool's video.

Apr 13, 2012
Shop Talk Live 3: Diminishing Returns

Fine Woodworking editor Asa Christiana is joined by senior editor Matt Kenney, managing editor Mark Schofield, and senior web producer Ed Pirnik in Shop Talk Live's third episode.

Mar 30, 2012
Shop Talk Live 2: Beyond the Back Cover

Asa Christiana and Mike Pekovich answer questions from readers and offer up the inside scoop on how the magazine finds the top-notch craftsmen and women who grace Fine Woodworking's back covers.

Mar 16, 2012
Shop Talk Live 1: The Big Debut

Asa Christiana and Mike Pekovich answer questions from readers and head into uncomfortable territory as Asa takes jabs at Mike for owning too many tools.

Mar 15, 2012