Shop Talk Live

Shop Talk Live

  • STL 56: James Krenov's Legacy Lives On

    Apr 07, 2014 | 77 min
    This week on Shop Talk Live, we reflect on the legacy left behind by James Krenov as we interview College of the Redwoods lead instructor Laura Mays. Plus, your woodworking questions answered.
  • STL 55: Mike's Tool Chest Disaster

    Mar 26, 2014 | 64 min
    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.
  • STL 53: Bitchin' Block Rabbet Planes

    Mar 07, 2014 | 53 min
    This week on Shop Talk Live, the ever-snarky Matt Kenney starts things off with a debate regarding the usefulness of flock when it comes to box-building. 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. Finally, we cajoled associate art director John Tetreault into appearing on the podcast for a few insights regarding reclaimed lumber.
  • STL 52: A Hit Man in the Workshop

    Feb 21, 2014 | 55 min
    This week on Shop Talk Live, a listener's voicemail on Ed's phone got us thinking about a recent discussion on dealing with infest-laden wood. Exactly how many ways can you kill a bug? Then, we debut a brand-new segment titled Road Stories, where the finest-traveled woodworking editors dish out on all sorts of weird, wild, and wacky stories from the road. Plus, your questions on pricey handplanes, the merits of sanding, shooting boards, and more.
  • STL 51: Used Diapers in the Workshop?

    Feb 07, 2014 | 53 min
    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.
  • STL 50: Tool Bombs and Colonial Woodwork

    Jan 24, 2014 | 53 min
    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.
  • STL 49: Power Tool Power

    Jan 10, 2014 | 60 min
    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 commissioned furniture pieces.
  • STL 48: Guitar God Mike Pekovich

    Dec 27, 2013 | 43 min
    This week we bow our heads to the gifted rock guitar past of Fine Woodworking's very own Mike Pekovich. Then it's off to the races as we answer questions on topics including sharpening stone troubles, and custom-ground tablesaw blades for dovetails. Finally, we wrap things up with tips on how to get the ball rolling when it comes to commission work for woodworkers.
  • STL 47: Compromising Photos from FWW

    Dec 13, 2013 | 53 min
    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.
  • STL 46: Ed Cuts the Cord—Literally

    Nov 26, 2013 | 72 min
    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!
  • STL 45: Taking the Fun Out of FWW

    Nov 15, 2013 | 57 min
    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, is Shop Talk Live is too heavy on chit-chat and too light on woodworking. We debut a brand new segment that just might take the "fun" out of Fine Woodworking!
  • STL 44: Big Changes for Fine Woodworking

    Nov 01, 2013 | 51 min
    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!
  • STL 43: Richard Raffan Comes Stateside

    Oct 17, 2013 | 62 min
    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.
  • STL 42: Top Secret Woodworking Topics

    Oct 04, 2013 | 45 min
    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.
  • STL 41: Ask a Rocket Scientist

    Sep 20, 2013 | 56 min
    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.
  • STL 38: Brian Boggs' Brainy Machinery

    Sep 10, 2013 |
    On this week's edition of Shop Talk Live, we report live from Fine Woodworking Live 2013-the magazine's second annual live event. During the three-day event which included a "build-off," plenty of elective classes and symposiums, and a lot of good natured fun-we were able to grab Asheville, NC chairmaker Brian Boggs. Brian sat down with us to explain his origins as a chairmaker, a Frankensteinian "de-barking" machine he cobbled together himself, and even took some time to answer questions from listenrs. Modern Woodworkers' Association Pops In Later on in the show, we welcomed Chris Adkins and Ian Mackay of the Modern Woodworkers' Association for a third-party critique of the show and some go...
  • STL 39: Handplane Hassles and Hardships

    Sep 10, 2013 |
    On this week's edition of Shop Talk Live, 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!
  • STL 36: Definitely a Dovetail Disaster

    Sep 10, 2013 |
    On this week's edition of Shop Talk Live, it's a mano-a-mano battle to the end as Mike Pekovich and Ed Pirnik face off while regular STL contributors Asa Christiana and Matt Kenney sip on champagne coolies during yet another vacation! The guys fess up to some recent woodworking blunders, offer a few cool woodworking technique tips, and answer a variety of your woodworking questions. Humidity Wreaks Havoc! Also on this week's show, Mike and Ed discuss a variety of wood movement nightmares, including busted joinery on a dovetailed cabinet, ever-expanding cabinet doors, and more. Learn why it happens, how to prevent it, and how to fix it!
  • STL 40: The Deal with Compass Planes

    Sep 10, 2013 |
    On this week's edition of Shop Talk Live, we answer the "how" and "why" of compass planes and dive into the history of corrugated handplane soles. Plus, Fine Woodworking art director Mike Pekovich fesses up to one of the biggest Smooth Moves in the history of Shop Talk Live! All this, plus your woodworking questions answered on Fine Woodworking's very own podcast.
  • STL 37: SawStop Portable in the Works

    Sep 10, 2013 |
    On this week's edition of Shop Talk Live, we report live from AWFS 2013, one of the largest woodworking machinery and supplies shows in the nation, if not the world. While working the floor to report on a whole host of new tools and machines, Asa and Ed were able to convince some of the representatives behind your favorite tools onto the show. Look for interviews with folks from Teknatool, Rikon, Lee Valley Veritas, and even SawStop. A SawStop Portable in the Works SawStop director of marketing Matt Howard was kind enought to become a bullseye for a range of questions concerning the company's goals, electronic improvements, and the long-anticipated SawStop portable benchtop saw.
  • STL 40: The Deal with Compass Planes

    Sep 06, 2013 | 55 min
    On this week's edition of Shop Talk Live, we answer the "how" and "why" of compass planes and dive into the history of corrugated handplane soles. Plus, Fine Woodworking art director Mike Pekovich fesses up to one of the biggest Smooth Moves in the history of Shop Talk Live! All this, plus your woodworking questions answered on Fine Woodworking's very own podcast.
  • STL 39: Handplane Hassles and Hardships

    Aug 23, 2013 | 49 min
    On this week's edition of Shop Talk Live, 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!
  • STL 38: Brian Boggs' Brainy Machinery

    Aug 23, 2013 | 67 min
    On this week's edition of Shop Talk Live, we report live from Fine Woodworking Live 2013-the magazine's second annual live event. During the three-day event which included a "build-off," plenty of elective classes and symposiums, and a lot of good natured fun-we were able to grab Asheville, NC chairmaker Brian Boggs. Brian sat down with us to explain his origins as a chairmaker, a Frankensteinian "de-barking" machine he cobbled together himself, and even took some time to answer questions from listenrs. Modern Woodworkers' Association Pops In Later on in the show, we welcomed Chris Adkins and Ian Mackay of the Modern Woodworkers' Association for a third-party critique of the show and some go...
  • STL 37: SawStop Portable in the Works

    Aug 23, 2013 | 77 min
    On this week's edition of Shop Talk Live, we report live from AWFS 2013, one of the largest woodworking machinery and supplies shows in the nation, if not the world. While working the floor to report on a whole host of new tools and machines, Asa and Ed were able to convince some of the representatives behind your favorite tools onto the show. Look for interviews with folks from Teknatool, Rikon, Lee Valley Veritas, and even SawStop. A SawStop Portable in the Works SawStop director of marketing Matt Howard was kind enought to become a bullseye for a range of questions concerning the company's goals, electronic improvements, and the long-anticipated SawStop portable benchtop saw.
  • STL 36: Definitely a Dovetail Disaster

    Aug 23, 2013 | 46 min
    On this week's edition of Shop Talk Live, it's a mano-a-mano battle to the end as Mike Pekovich and Ed Pirnik face off while regular STL contributors Asa Christiana and Matt Kenney sip on champagne coolies during yet another vacation! The guys fess up to some recent woodworking blunders, offer a few cool woodworking technique tips, and answer a variety of your woodworking questions. Humidity Wreaks Havoc! Also on this week's show, Mike and Ed discuss a variety of wood movement nightmares, including busted joinery on a dovetailed cabinet, ever-expanding cabinet doors, and more. Learn why it happens, how to prevent it, and how to fix it!

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