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  1. Jim is right...35* is appropriate for mortise chisels. 30* for bench chisels and 25* for paring. These aren't hard and fast rules but general guidelines. FWIW I keep mine at exactly these angles out of convenience. YMMV.
  2. Wow that does look awesome. Roy and all the best boutiques. And free admission! Too bad it's in Iowa.
  3. You're forgetting one major factor...the world keeps creating new woodworkers. So just because you and I no longer have a need for a Shaker table video series because we've outgrown it, there's a hundred new guys who find it to be exactly what they need. Of course they won't buy it in a vacuum...some random nobody on the internet with no reputation probably couldn't sell a single one...but Marc is so established and his site is so full of content and so active, people continue to buy. Marc is probably laughing at all of the speculation here but in the end you have to least ONE guy figured out how to make it work...which means another guy could do it, too. It takes brains, tons of work, the right you have to know what you're talking about. There aren't many humans on the planet that can tick those all off the list, hence the lack of quality video content available in the long format. If anything ever happens to my job, I would probably enter the market. I have all the makings but no financial motivation with a job that currently pays the bills without working me to death. I still hate it, but it's at least viable. I also don't really wanna ruin my favorite hobby by turning it into a job. But I will if I have to cuz my kids gotta eat. I'd rather build the one rocker and film it and edit it than build 20 or 30 rockers for the same money. That video will continue to pay dividends in perpetuity...once you sell all the chairs you have to build more if you want to earn more money. Passive income is where it's at. Screw production. That ain't nothin' but work.
  4. You can't rely on that single video series. You have to have multiple streams of revenue, and once you build up enough of a content base, you can count on some passive income constantly trickling in indefinitely from each of them. Obviously some are better than others based purely on demand for the project. I'm sure Marc rakes in far more in the beginning of a video series when it's popular and exciting, but I bet he makes sales on years-old projects on a fairly consistent basis since new woodworkers are constantly entering the craft and looking for content to consume.
  5. You're gonna need to give us much better pics if you want good guesses. The only one I know for sure is the far right is walnut. Otherwise it looks like ash, ash, ash, maple, oak...but who knows from that one picture. Too far away.
  6. You're thinking of Rainbow River Sunshine Daydream. Cletus wears Wolverine boots and dirty Wranglers. He doesn't spell so good and he hasn't been to the dentist in about 30 years.
  7. Grade A genuine Cletus.
  8. Nice job, Wade. You made purpleheart look about as good as purpleheart can look. That anigre is pretty cool stuff...I have access to it but I've never used it. Have you broken the bad news about the color change coming down the road? Well done, it's a nice piece and I'm sure she'll love it.
  9. That's an apples to oranges comparison, gee-dub. The face grain in MW's test is much stronger than the edge grain in FWW's test. Think about the way wood wants to cleave and the failure in both make sense.
  10. To be honest I totally ignore those stress tests. Not only are they scientifically flawed, I simply don't care. Truth is almost any of those joints will be strong enough to withstand normal use, and as long as a piece isn't abused, they should all be sufficient, give or take the piece's function. It boils down to what is the best joint for strength and aesthetics that you can get done quickly and still be proud of. If biscuits are structurally sufficient for a piece and they will never be seen, I'll use them. If the joint is visible and requires additional strength, then it's time to use dovetails. But I'm not gonna get in a twist over a few pounds per inch because some woodworking magazine (which employs exactly zero scientists) says I should. You always know in your gut if the joint you're choosing is appropriate. And like Trip used to say (RIP)..."when there is doubt, there is no doubt." So choose another.
  11. You can make a loose tenon with just a router and some scrap. David Marks did it constantly on Woodworks. Just route your mortise, then cut some scrap stock to the exact thickness of the mortise. Use a roundover bit on the tenon stock and it'll fit the mortise like a glove. You can make some grooves on the tenons to eliminate the glue's hydraulic pressure...makes it easier to get them in.
  12. Yeah I'm with Shane...just do traditional M&T until you can buy a Domino. By that time you will have earned it. I think too many new woodworkers try to find ways around fundamental techniques to their own detriment. Learn the basics then figure out how best to cheat. 😉 Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk
  13. Perfectly acceptable. Bonus points for any mention of jelly donuts or hosers.
  14. Oh I should mention, speaking French here is grounds for banishment. Comprendre? Merci.
  15. I watch the show and like the show and I like Tommy too. I'm just saying I could use a change from the typical rushed format. The early Guild format was top of the heap IMO. Laid back, slowed down, in depth, more talk, less bling.