Episode 040: New Tools vs Old Tools

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What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Finished the kitchen cart and published the video.  98th vase is working.


Sean – Stools are getting finish wiped on.  Video on shaping the seats with the ArborTech TURBOPlane.

Brian – Almost finished with the Roubo Bench.

Main Topic – New Tools vs Old Tools

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

Jonathan Ficke – Thoughts on restoring old hand planes.  Follow Jonathan on Twitter, check out his website, and his Etsy shop. 

Playlist of Paul Sellers’ Bench Plane Restoration Videos


Alex – Hey guys, In the last episode, one of you suggested diluting shellac with mineral spirits.  I think you meant denatured alcohol.  Mineral spirits could be used with poly or oil but not shellac to my knowledge (and my dad’s experience).
Great show!

Josh – I’m getting ready to build a twin size loft bed for my son using SPF from Home Depot.  I’m using plans from Ana White’s camp loft bed and also taking some elements from Jay Bates’ bunk bed.

Anyway, I am still trying to decide on what finish I should use on it.  I feel like it needs some kind of color besides just a poly on it.  I also don’t want to spend too much time applying finish to it.  I will more than likely put general finishes satin arm-r-seal on it or minwax wipe on poly.  I know that Marc Spags has gotten great results from both.  Should I try and put on a gel stain or could I even add a dye to the first coat of poly?  Also, how much poly could I expect to have to use on it?  Would one quart be enough?

Any other tips on finishing something this big?  I really don’t want to screw it up.

Thanks so much!

Josh Luther

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Author: Spunjin

I am a woodworker, maker, and DIY enthusiast.

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