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 Jul 30, 2018


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

Episode Date
STL 169.5: Bonus Episode - Maplewoodshop
We were going to put this interview in the last episode, but it deserved to have your undivided attention. So here is a special bonus episode of Shop Talk Live. For more information on The Maplewoodshop program:
Aug 10, 2018
STL 169: Bandsawn Surface vs. Tablesawn Surface
Show notes: Chris Becksvoort, the dovetail master at work by Christian Becksvoort, Ben Strano #264-Nov/Dec 2017 Issue - Architectural Wall Cabinet by Nancy R. Hiller #270–Sep/Oct 2018 Issue - An Elegant, Contemporary DeskAn Elegant, Contemporary Desk by Michael Robbins #270–Sep/Oct 2018 Issue - Scaling Furniture from Photos by Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez #170–May/June 2004 Issue - Resize. Don’t Redraw. – Dave Richards totally changes the scale of a piece in an efficient manner by David Richards -  
Aug 03, 2018
STL 168: Bevel Angles and Workbench Wood
Mike, Matt, and Ben answer 14 questions in another lightning round   Show notes:   Heating and Cooling Your Shop by Barry NM Dima #265–Tools & Shops 2018 Issue      The Secret to Better Chiseling by Michael Pekovich #249–Sep/Oct 2015 Issue   Video: Bench Chisel Basics by Michael Pekovich #249–Sep/Oct 2015 Issue   Christian Becksvoort’s Shaker step stool   Rockler Soft Stem Bumpers   Lee Valley High-Friction Sheets   A Workbench 30 Years in the Making by Garrett Hack #209–Tools & Shops 2010 Issue   For a Benchtop, Use Light-Colored,Closed-Grained Wood by Matt Kenney #223–Tools & Shops 2012 Issue   Seal Your Project with Dewaxed Shellac by Jeff Jewitt #243–Nov/Dec 2014 Issue   Video: Can the Can(ned) Shellac by Michael Pekovich #256–Sep/Oct 2016 Issue   Video Workshop: Build an Arts and Crafts Coffee Table by Gregory Paolini   A Chessboard Made Easy by Craig Thibodeau #219–May/June 2011 Issue
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 Show-notes: Links mentioned in the show: Tool Rant: Is that really a clamp? by Bob Van Dyke - How To Cut Dovetails on the Tablesaw by Gregory Paolini #231–Jan/Feb 2013 Issue - How to Tame Tricky Glue-Ups by Michael Fortune #243–Nov/Dec 2014 Issue - Tim Rousseau – Simple push stick for safe bandsaw cuts - If you have questions you’d like us to answer on the show, send them in to You can also use the voice memo app on your phone and email us a 30 second audio recording, or if you’re old-school you can leave a voicemail by calling 203-304-3456. 
Jul 06, 2018
STL 166: Disappearing Tablesaw Guards
Enter for your chance to win the Fine Woodworking SawStop Professional Cabinet Saw Giveaway -   Matt, Anissa, and Ben discuss tablesaw safety, working with round parts, drawbore joinery, wood movement, and their all-time favorite articles Show notes are available at   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 -     Become a member today and get instant access to all content. Start your free two week trial here: For more Shop Talk Live or to submit a question: To see the newest issue of Fine Woodworking:
Jun 22, 2018
STL 165: Staying Safe in the Shop
Enter for your chance to win the Fine Woodworking SawStop Professional Cabinet Saw Giveaway - Show notes: Become a member today and get instant access to all content. Start your free two week trial here: For more Shop Talk Live or to submit a question: To see the newest issue of Fine Woodworking: 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
Show notes: This episode was sponsored by Titebond: Check out MM Wood Studio's experience at FWW Live: For more information about Rikon's turning system: Become a member today and get instant access to all content. Start your free two week trial here: For more Shop Talk Live or to submit a question: To see the newest issue of Fine Woodworking:
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 Full show notes are available here: This episode is sponsored by Titebond: Even if you’re not a professional woodworker, you want to use the glue the pros use.  And three out of four pro woodworkers trust Titebond as their choice. For building wood furniture or cabinets to making picture frames or birdhouses, or just general repairs around the house, Titebond has the widest choice of glues to help with whatever project you want to tackle. Titebond – the right glue for your next project. For more information, visit or seem them on Facebook and Instagram. Become a member today and get instant access to all content. Start your free two week trial here: For more Shop Talk Live or to submit a question: To see the newest issue of Fine Woodworking:
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
This episode of Shop Talk Live is sponsored by Audible. Head over to to get a free audio book. 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? -Theo   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. -Eric 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? -Wes Mike Pekovich: 6 Essential Bench Jigs Video: Mike Pekovich’s Go-To Work Holding Jigs 46:20 - Ben's Audible recomendation: Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman By Peter Korn Narrated by: Trabber Burns Head over to to get a free audio book. 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?   -Richard
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). *Web Producer's Note - Apoligies to the 765 people who downloaded the podcast in the first two hours it was up. I had an audio issue and you were hearing two Matt's after 15 minutes. The problem is fixed and a new file is ready for you to download. Apologie
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