3 Responses to “Episode 1 – Trees and other forms of basic joinery”

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  1. tonystephens says:

    Very good explanation about wood grain and what to look out for when working with your tools in relation to grain direction. It would help if you could expand on this with your thoughts on the movement of wood and the growth ring orientation when joining boards/joints. I have sometimes noticed some cupping on flat sawn boards with aprons etc on my projects.

    A request for the future, would be to cover selecting boards from a lumber supplier. I often do mental math and go for the cheaper option when selecting rough sawn lumber. When I get home and start milling the boards I often find I wish I had gone for wider board or paid close attention to the color matching of the boards. Anything to help me better select boards, color matching tips, acclimating the boards in the shop, and an actual session of you at the bench laying out parts, and the process of how you decide to use the grain orientation, color etc would be very helpful.

    Many thanks for the first few episodes of the show. Wishing you many subscribers and lots of questions !

    Tony Stephens

    • Chuck says:


      Thanks for the compliments and the suggestions for future shows. There’s LOTS more information coming on all the things you mentioned in upcoming shows. In the third episode I touch on layout of rough material. There’s also an entire episode coming that is dedicated to stock selection and milling. I’m trying very hard not to give away too much about upcoming shows but we will be covering lots of information about wood movement, grain orientation, color and figure matching, how to actually buy wood at a lumber yard and how to store it both for the long term and during the acclimation period.

      Thanks for being one of those subscribers you talk about. If you keep those questions and suggestions coming, I’ll keep trying to make a better show for you (actually I’m going to do that whether you keep that stuff coming or not but I still want my subscribers to be engaged). That’s a promise.

      Chuck Bender

      The adventure is just beginning.

  2. tonystephens says:

    Thank you for the prompt reply. I like the blended woodworking approach of the show and the way you cut right to the chase about essential tools, rather than we have to run out and get every kind of hand tool available. Looks like you have already planned future presentations that cover all my questions I posed in my original post.

    I can relate to the whole how straight does a board need to be. I recently visited the Chipstone collection in Milwaukee. The furniture is exhibited is such a way that most of the casework and chairs are on pedestals, so you are encouraged to look at the structure underneath, and at the back of many pieces that are normally hidden from view. Let me tell you, I looked at a Christopher Townsend piece, and the boards at the back of the case were as rough as could be. When you look at some of the photographs from the museum collections, it seems that if it did not show, then they did not worry about how rough they left the surface.

    Looking forward to the upcoming shows.

    Tony Stephens