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ShopNotes Podcast 109 — Find Someone Who's a Sawyer

By: Phil Huber
The team discusses the finer details of workshop life: tool storage, workbenches, sharpening ... and sawmilling (of course).

Audio Note: The Woodsmith offices and studio are undergoing some construction as of March 2022. So you'll hear some constrution noise in the background from time to time. Some things you can control ...

Back from a Spring Break staycation, Phil gives a review of the workbench he built last year. Overall, it's a success. The only issue he's having is that his holdfasts (Grammercy Tools) aren't grabbing like he would've expected.

The conversation sparks Logan's interest in building a new bench. Then he asks about the ideal form of tool storage: open vs. closed; cabinet; chest; drawers? What do you like best?

Phil converted the top of a shop cart from a clutter catcher into a dedicated sharpening station. It's proven to be a win-win. Less stuff piling up and an easier way to keep edge tools in top form.

Sharpening box podcast 109

There are many forms a sharpening station could take, depending on tools, techniques, and gear you have. Maybe a roll-top sharpening center??

Surprise, surprise, the guys also talk sawmilling and getting local lumber and building relationships with saywers. #SupportYourLocalSawyer

A magazine reader and viewer, Mike Koffarnus, heard about catalpa used as a secondary wood in a previous episode and shared his bed project that showcased catalpa slabs.

Catalpa bed

Logan completed and delivered a turned vessel made from a burl taken from one of the maple trees Phil had removed last fall.

Maple burl vessel

John is designing a couple projects for Woodsmith: picture/art frames. And a house for Mason bees. Please send us any suggestions you have.

Speaking of maple trees, Phil is carving a shrink pot from the backyard maple that came down last year. Since the wood came from the base (buttress) of the tree, it has some striking curly figure and nice coloring.

This episode is brought to you by Woodcraft Supply. Since 1928 Woodcraft has been providing woodworkers with the best tools and supplies. To get a free catalog, visit woodcraft.com/shopnotes or visit one of their 75 stores nationwide. Woodcraft, Helping You Make Wood Work.

Published: March 25, 2022
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