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STL255: Vic’s plywood workbench

Vic Tesolin joins Anissa and Ben to discuss economy shop life, his new workbench, making handplanes, and sharpening toothed planes.

Dec 03, 2021

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This episode is sponsored by Garrett Wade

Question 1:

From JD: As a new woodworker I really enjoyed the sub-$1000 episode and I wanted to present a different challenge that always gets laughed off as a topic: apartment woodworking.

woodworking is becoming a popular hobby in the tech industry and unfortunately a lot of us are stuck in cities with expensive real estate. If I had to guess, this is probably part of the reason for the rising popularity of hand tools. Unsurprisingly, there aren’t many woodworking content creators in this situation so nobody is really around to offer us advice on working (semi) quietly in small spaces.

I started around six months ago and pieced together what I could accomplish on my balcony, pic attached. I’d love to hear some more ideas or at least conversation on the topic.

Think Your Shop is Small? Think again

Space comes at a premium on the island of Cyprus, where woodworker Stelios Stavrinides lives. So he designed a movable shop that fits in a 5-ft. by 5-ft. storage room

Question 2:

From Damon: I have a medium toothed blade for my Veritas low angle jack plane. I can’t find much info on sharpening this kind of blade, but the instructions from Veritas say: “Sharpen and hone only the bevel; do not hone the face of the toothed blade, or you will damage the sharp points that actually do the cutting”. 

Does this mean that I don’t even remove the burr from honing the bevel? How do you guys approach this kind of blade?


Anissa – All time favorite tool: a cordless circular saw

Ben – All time favorite technique: Drilling out a dowel joint with a smaller bit, à la David Johnson.

Vic: All-time favorite tool: A cordless power plane

note: I could not find the video of Toshio that AK mentioned

Sweeping Curves

The simple, elegant lines of Adrian Ferrazzutti’s modern chair belie complex construction requiring an array of planing and belt-sanding jigs

Question 3:

From Alex: I have a question for Vic Tesolin or really anyone who uses wooden hand planes.

In issue #288 Vic has an article on making a hand plane where the blade is secured in the body with a wedge that sits in grooves in the side of the plane body. On Vic’s blog post “how to put down a plane” you can find a plane that has the blade secured with a wedge pressing against a cross pin like you would see in a Krenov style plane. Is there an advantage/disadvantage between one and the other? Is there a minimum diameter for the cross pin that will put good pressure on the blade without denting the wedge itself?

Great show everyone. It almost goes without saying bu shop talk live is the reason I got my FWW unlimited membership. 

Make a wooden pull plane

Make a wooden pull plane

Vic Tesolin’s wooden pull plane is not a Japanese plane, but his own version that cuts on the pull stroke instead of pushing like a standard western plane.

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