Episode 044: Changing Gears

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What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Turned most of the double torus.  Sold the 98th Vase.

Sean – Veneered the urn and made the case, working on the trim work and finishing it up this week.  Getting started on the white oak Shoe Storage Bench and made a wooden spoon.


Mentioned Nick Ferry and Braxton Wirthlin.  Check them out.

Brian – Working on the drawers and the 3rd Credenza and addded the Festool HK55 to the arsenal.

Main Topic – How we change gears from one project to another.

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

William Walker – Keeping with your brand.  Follow Will on Twitter, Instagram, check out his videos on YouTube, and visit his website.


Chuck – I enjoy your content, don’t like your language.

I feel like a bit of an old school church lady pointing this out.  Believe me my language is very peppery, not a saint  BUT when my kids are around I do clean it up.
You see I listen to you guys mostly in the car when I am hauling the kids to and from activities.  Still at that age when I can program what I want on the sound system.
Brian….too many God Damn’s and Shits, man, please!
A couple of years ago I had a concrete pad poured for my shop 24 x 40.  The crew was out for about 3 days. I am sure you guys know what a crew of flat work guys is like….let’s say a ship full of cut-throat pirates might look like boy scouts compared to these guys.  But whenever the kids were outside a loud audible call would go out by one of the crew (whoever saw the kids first), “Kid in the yard!” and the salty language halted immediately! I thought that was awesome and I had great respect for that gesture.
So maybe my point is…when recording think “kid in the yard”?
Thanks for considering.
Answer:  Aside from the explicit rating, we will each record a Disclaimer to play at the beginning of an episode that may not be appropriate for young ears.

Jacob Spence – Hey guys,

I love the podcast and I started from the beginning so I’m not quite caught up yet but I have learned tons already.

My question is a simple one: I believe, when using a card scraper I have the same issue some people have with plane irons where the corners like to dig in slightly.  Would this be an issue with how I burnish it or user error possibly?  If neither of these are the problem would you chamfer the corners like on a plane iron?

Thanks for everything guys keep it up.

Instagram @spence.made

Answer: User error, Jacob.  After proper tuning of your scraper you should flex the scraper with your thumbs pushing in the center and your fingers pulling in on the sides.  Tilt the scraper forward slightly until the burr engages with the surface and push to make a cut.  The corners should not be close to the surface of the wood.

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Author: Spunjin

I am a woodworker, maker, and DIY enthusiast.

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