Woodworking Projects

STL281: The facebook bark police

Larissa Huff joins Vic and Ben to discuss disk sanders, shop carts, live-edge tables, and milling.

Dec 16, 2022

Check out Larissa on PBS’s Craft In America — Home

Question 1:

From Jon: I constantly have a need to sand radiuses on corners of my projects, so my question is about table saw sanding discs. My shop is small. It is about 10ft by 12ft, so I do not have room for a dedicated disc sander. Would a table saw sanding disc be a good alternative? Online forums are chalked full of people saying they would never use one because it would destroy the saw somehow. I am not sure how true that is. All that said, I could also do what I need if I got better with my jigsaw and random orbital sander. Maybe I am overthinking this. For context, I own a SawStop Jobsite saw.

Video: Turn your lathe into a disk sander

Ben Strano demonstrates how to build an accessory table that mounts in your lathe banjo when using it as a disk sander.

Craig Thibodeau’s homemade sanders

Craig Thibodeau produces work that obviously comes from the mind of a mechanical master. It’s no wonder that when commercial sanders come up short, he modifies them or makes new ones himself.

Question 2:

From Ken: What’s your ideal shop cart if you could only have one and why? What dimensions? Height? What kind of top? Storage or just a cart reserved for project work? Drawers? Shelves? T-track? Tray? Vise? Any lessons from experience?

Question 3:

From Michael: I recently built a hall table out of black walnut and maple. The walnut top was left with the natural shape “live edge” with no bark. I then proceeded to list it on Facebook Marketplace. Big mistake!!! Within ten minutes I had two people very rudely tell me that live edge woodwork has to have bark on it to be called “live edge”. I promptly took down my listing, disgusted by people like that. What do you consider live edge??

Question 4:

From Dave: I recently made several interior doors during a remodeling project – Shaker style from cherry. For the rails and stiles, I purchased 8/4 stock and milled it to square stock that was 1 3/8″ thick. I filled several bins with jointer and planner chips. My question is: once the stock is jointed flat and planed parallel from which side of the board should the remaining material be removed to achieve the desired thickness? Or should the removal be balanced to maintain some level of equilibrium? Will removal from one side result in a more stable board over the years of use?

Question 5:

From Josh: I am wondering if he could talk some about his pulling style hand plane he mentioned in a past article. Specifically how he feels about performance in comparison to a traditional Krenov-style. As well as bed angle selection for either style. I am wanting to build a collection for myself and can’t decide if I want to push or pull the plane.

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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