July 3, 2020
Mike, Anissa, and Ben discuss dust collection for bandsaws, keeping notes during a project, a listener's odd glue-line failure, and try a woodworking potpourri for the first time.
June 19, 2020
Megan Fitzpatrick joins Barry and Ben to discuss Moxon vises, wooden vs. metal-bodied handplanes, tri-squares vs. combo squares, grinders, and why it's worth building a tool chest.
June 5, 2020
Contributing editor, Chris Becksvoort joins Mike and Ben to answer questions on milling, wedged joinery, and his two favorite tools.
May 22, 2020
Mike, Anissa, and Ben discuss tablesaw accessories, shop rituals, testing sharpness, knockdown fasteners, and tall people.
May 8, 2020
Contributing editor Steve Latta joins Mike and Ben to discuss when to peg a tenon, hammer veneering, broken bandsaw blades, CNCs, and what the difference is between a jointer and a planer.
May 1, 2020
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April 24, 2020
Mike Farrington joins Anissa and Ben to discuss sanding techniques, built in joinery, workbenches, and smooth moves.
April 17, 2020
Contributing editor, Bob Van Dyke gets the show to himself answering questions about pre-finishing, constructing built ins, and creating a profile on a curved edge without a router.
April 10, 2020
Vic Tesolin joins Mike and Ben to discuss making wooden handplanes, identifying troublesome boards before it's too late, shooting miters, what a listener should do with a excess of #4s, and they share their favorite techniques for the week.
April 3, 2020
In this bonus episode, Mike and Ben discuss if the Shaker workbench is fit for holdfasts, and what mallets you really need as a woodworker.
March 27, 2020
Chairmaker, David Douyard, joins Mike and Ben in studio, and they discuss using budget lumber, tools the covet, go-to chisels, and what one listener should do with his old pattern-maker's vise.
March 13, 2020
Mike, Barry, and Ben discuss planing wood at an angle, whether it’s worth restoring old homeowner-grade machinery, and the do’s and don’ts of prefinishing. Then they get pretty geeky about aprons and pencils.
February 28, 2020
Turning experts, Janet Collins and Josh Friend answer your turning questions in our very first episode dedicated solely to jamming sharp tools into spinning wood.
February 14, 2020
Anissa, Barry, and Ben laugh a lot while discussing frame and panels, backyard sawyers, working in shared shops, and what to do when a listener's partner isn't down with the A&C (Arts and Crafts)
January 31, 2020
Ben heads out to Iowa and records a show with the hosts of The Woodsmith Shop TV show
January 17, 2020
Mike, Barry, and Ben discuss crosscutting wide panels, knowing when to sharpen, pinning joinery, and they add a new chapter to the debate–is woodworking art?
January 3, 2020
Tom, Mike, and Ben start 2020 off with a quick-fire session, answering bunch of questions and discussing what they hope the new year brings to their shops
December 20, 2019
Anissa and Ben are joined by Windsor chairmaker David Douyard and they discuss what to do with sawdust and shavings, whether a jointer is worth it for a listener, storing lumber vertically, and whether or not drift is actually mythical.
December 6, 2019
Tom, Mike, and Barry discuss shooting miters, inlaying, scraper sharpening, and when to baby the burr, and Tom shows Ben up by doing both favorite tools and techniques
November 22, 2019
Bob, Mike, and Ben discuss sources for holly, what a listener can do with 1/8-in. ebony, how close is close enough when setting up a jointer, and a listener asks how you can prefinish AND soften edges after a piece is assembled
November 8, 2019
Anissa, Barry, and Ben discuss radial arm saws, side-of-the-road workbenches, dowel joints, milling wide boards, and suffer dramatic smooth moves
October 25, 2019
Mike and Ben discuss first handplane purchases, tool chest construction, calipers, sourcing rift-sawn oak, English-style tablesaw fences, and Mike tries to talk Ben out of switching to metric.
October 11, 2019
Tom, Mike, and Ben head down to New Jersey and join the members of the North Jersey Woodworkers Association for a live podcast recording at one of their monthly meetings
September 27, 2019
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September 20, 2019
While recording the Modern Desk video workshop, Tim Rousseau and Ben sat down to talk about finishing, resawing, veneering, and the Danish Modern aesthetic
September 13, 2019
John, Barry, and Ben discuss workbench stretchers, basement shop vs. garage shop, and a new chapter begins in the round vs. square mortise debate Sign up for the Fine Woodworking weekly eLetter. Sign up for a Fine Woodworking Unlimited membership. Shop Talk Live show notes are available here.
August 30, 2019
Mike, Anissa, and Ben discuss various case miter options, veneering curved legs, buying old machinery, painting MDF, and their all time favorite tools of all time… for this week
August 16, 2019
Mike, Barry, and Ben discuss planer upgrades, chip-out prone furniture parts, benchtop tablesaw concerns, and write the next chapter in the rabbet block plane debate
August 9, 2019
For more than 25 years GreenWood has worked with artisans in Honduras and the Peruvian Amazon to produce high-quality wood products from well-managed forests
August 2, 2019
Rollie Johnson and Justin Fink join Tom, Barry, and Ben to discuss new tools being shown at the AWFS fair in Las Vegas
July 18, 2019
Mike, Anissa, and Ben discuss clamp-up times, getting a consistent matte finish, low V.O.C. oil finishes, designing with CAD and Fusion360, and of course, they swap this week’s All Time Favorite Techiques
July 5, 2019
Former STL host, Asa Christiana, joins Mike and Ben, answering questions about jointing long boards, communal workshops, outdoor furniture, and debating pocket screws vs. dominos.
June 21, 2019
Mike, Barry, and Ben discuss their favorite techniques, fixing inlay strips, workbench tops, tools for kids, and one listener's need to not see his books
June 7, 2019
If you are interested in learning more about how you can support Old Sturbridge Village’s cabinet shop, contact their development office at for more information. Question 1: From Joseph: I bought a new house in 2017 and instead of moving a lot of tools, I sold most of them and started over with new ones. There are 2 things I haven't yet invested in  - a router table and a dado stack. I'm primarily a hand tool guy, but I like to use power tools for dados/grooves and rabbets. Currently I am using my tablesaw with a FTG blade to nibble away at them, but I've reached my breaking point and want something a bit faster. I've used both a dado stack and a router table in the past. Both have some pluses and minuses for me; set up time being a major minus, but equally annoying for each. I'm also open to other alternatives that don't include joinery planes. Been there, bought the planes, sold the planes. I'm a lefty, and using planes right handed isn't fun for me. Tablesaw Blades for Joinery - Cut joinery faster and cleaner with a set of four blades By Bob Van Dyke #253–Mar/Apr 2016 Issue Question 2: From Nick: I have a question regarding a long distance relationship with a beautiful jointer. I am member of a "local" woodworking guild which has nice shop that is outfitted with a 16" jointer, a few nice planers. Unfortunately, I live a little over 2 hours away and at my home shop I currently only have a DW735 planer and no jointer. I would like to use all this nice equipment to do everything required to get straight, flat and square stock to take home and finish my projects. My concern is that by the time I throw it in the back of the truck and drive 2 hours home I would defeat the purpose. Does wood move that quickly when you're driving 80... ahem.. 70 mph? Can I get home and put in my climate controlled basement shop before I've warped everything out of flat/square? How would weather effect this (i.e. cold dry winter/hot humid summer weather?). The Basics of Milling Lumber - Key machines and smart strategy for making boards foursquare By Bob Van Dyke #276-July/August 2019 Issue Segment: All-Time Favorite Technique Mike: Peter Galbert using a heat gun to straighten out riven stock Bob: Flush cutting on the tablesaw Video: Versatile Tablesaw L-Fence- Build a simple tablesaw fence accessory that handles a wide variety of joinery cuts By Bob Van Dyke The Incredible L-Fence - Take your tablesaw to another level with this simple shopmade fence By Bob Van Dyke #237–Tools & Shops 2014 Issue Ben: Drawing an extra line when sawing on the left side of your layout line Question 3:   From Jim: I am planning to build a sewing table for my wife. The plans call for using cherry plywood for several major panels of the case. While the stability of plywood is certainly an advantage, it is expensive and I like the idea of using glued up panels made from 4/4 stock. What would you do and why? Recommendations: Ben - Sharpen your marking gauge, because you know it's dull Mike -  Get a Soda Stream Every two weeks, a team of Fine Woodworking staffers answers questions from readers on Shop Talk Live, Fine Woodworking‘s biweekly podcast. Send your woodworking questions to for consideration in the regular broadcast! Our continued existence relies upon listener support. So if you enjoy the show, be sure to leave us a five-star rating and maybe even a nice comment on our iTunes page.  
May 24, 2019
Anissa, Barry, and Ben discuss lumber stashes, hollowing the backs of western-style chisels, a listeners machinery buying dilemma, and Anissa comes out swinging with another epic smooth move
May 10, 2019
Recorded live at Fine Woodworking Live 2019, in front of a live studio audience
April 26, 2019
Mike and Ben do an audio-only pregame episode to fill the feeds of those who aren't able to make it to Fine Woodworking Live 2019, and of course, answer some listener questions
April 12, 2019
Tom, Mike, and Ben discuss milling wide thin stock, the ethics of selling projects someone else designed, and Tom comes packing a plethora of smooth moves.
March 29, 2019
Mike, Anissa, and Ben discuss sticky camelia oil, shop layout, broken toys on the workbench, the merits of the Delta Unifence, and their all-time favorite techniques
March 15, 2019
Bob, Mike, and Ben discuss tear-out prone woods, milling long vs. short pieces, jointer blade height, and Mike and Ben prove that they know Bob a bit too well
March 8, 2019
Chris and Ben chat about his woodworking history, researching the techniques of ole', and of course, his upcoming appearance at Fine Woodworking Live 2019
March 1, 2019
Mike, Barry, and Ben lament the impending demise of their favorite tree, what specifics they look for in sketchbooks, using a hollow-chisel mortiser as a drillpress, and their favorite woodworking books
February 15, 2019
Mike, Anissa, and Ben discuss cordless favorites, gummy camellia oil, waxing jointer beds, and recent smooth moves
February 8, 2019
Mike interviews Craig Thibodeau, author of The Craft of Veneering and creator of some of the coolest woodworking pieces you'll ever see
February 1, 2019
Tom, Mike, and Ben discuss concrete floors, honing issues, sliding tablesaws, and homemade paste wax
January 4, 2019
Mike, Anissa, and Ben discuss design process, vibrant painted finishes, maintaining Japanese chisels, and their shop resolutions for 2019
December 21, 2018
Barry, Mike, and Ben discuss no-name handplanes, drawboring, scrub planes, and the best wood choice for a dining room table that is likely to travel the world
December 7, 2018
Mike and Ben talk with Bob Van Dyke about stropping, acclimating wood, jointer safety, glue ups, and their all-time favorite techniques
November 30, 2018
Tom interviews Kate Swann of The Florida School of Woodwork
November 23, 2018
Mike and Ben talk about Mike's book, his early projects, kumiko, and Mike shoots down another one of Ben's techniques
November 9, 2018
Mike, Anissa, and Ben discuss milling lumber without a joiner, tablesaw resawing, lumber questions, and the top two choices for... everything
October 26, 2018
Tom, Mike, and Ben discuss panel clamps, plywood backs, Craig Thibodeau, Garrett Hack, and Ben's box of happiness!
October 12, 2018
Bob Van Dyke joins Mike and Ben, in studio, to lay down the law on the spring joint, veneer glues, and box splines
September 28, 2018
Mike and Ben welcome associate editor, Barry NM Dima into the mix, and discuss wooden handplanes, apartment woodworking, surface prep,
September 14, 2018
Mike, John, and Ben discuss chisel technique, working in multiple shop spaces, favorite techniques, and finally answer a question about spoon carving
August 31, 2018
Mike, Anissa, and Ben discuss unwanted critiques, sharpening jointer knives, panel glue-ups, and dive pretty deep into fuming oak
August 17, 2018
John Tetreault joins Mike and Ben as they answer questions about dowel jigs, biscuit joiners, tricky glue ups, dust collection and their all-time favorite tools of all time
August 10, 2018
We were going to put this interview in the last episode, but it deserved to have your undivided attention. So here is a special bonus episode of Shop Talk Live.
August 3, 2018
Mike, Anissa, and Ben discuss what to kind of surface to expect from a bandsaw and tablesaw, woodworking schools, modifying plans, and all-time favorite techniques
July 20, 2018
Mike, Matt, and Ben answer 14 questions in another lightning round
July 6, 2018
Mike, Matt, and Ben discuss glue-ups, premium vs. not-so-premium chisels, clogged handplanes, and milling lumber
June 22, 2018
Matt, Anissa, and Ben discuss tablesaw safety, working with round parts, drawbore joinery, wood movement, and their all-time favorite articles
June 8, 2018
Mike, Tom, and Ben discuss their favorite safety techniques, milling techniques, unfinished projects, and wide miters
May 25, 2018
Mike, Matt, and Ben discuss jointer setup, bad bandsaw blades, plywood workbenches, and Japanese chisels and their all-time favorite techniques
May 11, 2018
Mike, Anissa, and Ben discuss Christian Becksvoort dovetailing, Mike then chaldovetail jigs, card scrapers, half-mortise locks, and Anissa admits to an epic smooth move
April 27, 2018
Recorded Live at Fine Woodworking Live 2018
April 13, 2018
In a futile attempt to empty the inbox, Mike, Matt, and Ben blaze through 14 questions in this special quick-fire episode
March 30, 2018
Plus, dealing with a warped panel, keeping tabletops from moving, the safety of spalted wood, and a snippet from our interview with Brian Boggs
March 16, 2018
Handplanes that don't hold adjustments, dull bandsaw blades, 6-in. vs. 8-in. jointers, favorite tools, and the reign of Ben begins
March 2, 2018
Plus, bandsaw tables, mitered shooting boards, smooth moves, philosophical woodworking questions, glass disk sharpening systems, and pencil vs. knife
February 16, 2018
Bandsaw speed settings, mitered rips by hand, cabinet scrapers, crosscut sleds, sliding dovetails, and all-time favorite articles and tools
February 2, 2018
Plus, choosing stock for a desktop, sanding techniques for turning, chopping through mortises, favorite techniques, and a preview of Tom's interview with Gary Rogowski
January 19, 2018
Plus, ways to live without a jointer, bullnose bits, evening out color in sapele, favorite tools, and smooth moves
January 5, 2018
Plus, the guys discuss drawer and door reveals, shellac flakes, panel saws, shop layout, flattening chisels, and their all-time favorite articles
December 22, 2017
Fine Homebuilding editor Justin Fink comes in to discuss shop heating, moving a post, shop floors, walling in utilities, and all time favorite shops of all time
December 8, 2017
Plus, the guys talk about deciding what to build, Japanese vs Western style saws, favorite techniques, and what you should add to your holiday wishlist
November 24, 2017
Plus, the guys talk about planing veneer, jointing long boards, angled tenons, honing guides, and philosophical woodworking questions
November 10, 2017
Plus, the guys talk about outfeed tables, bandsaw drift, veneer thickness, and cross grain glue-ups
October 27, 2017
Plus, the guys talk about migrating sawdust staining the surrounding wood, shoulder planes, green wood, and they take a deep dive on drawer fitting
October 13, 2017
Plus, the guys talk about the new issue, curved scrapers, prefinishing dos and don't, milling lumber for a workbench top, and dive into what perfection means
September 29, 2017
Plus, alternatives to taking woodworking classes, routing circle cut-outs, glue line creeping, favorite tools and smooth moves
September 15, 2017
Plus, the guys talk about drawer reveals, finishing cutting boards, all time favorite techniques and their newest smooth moves
September 1, 2017
In this stripped down episode, Mike and Ben discuss chair making, shooting boards,  chisel bevels,wide boards, and all time favorite tools and techniques... for this week
August 18, 2017
Plus, Ben, Matt, and Anissa discuss their favorite furniture makers, rules for the shop, All Time Favorite Tools and FWW Articles
August 4, 2017
Plus, the guys talk about dovetail spacing, hollow-chisel mortiser techniques, bucket-list furniture, smooth moves, and introduce a new segment taking a deep dive into surface prep
July 21, 2017
The guys are in Vegas and get to chat with skills advocate John Ratzenberger. Rollie Johnson joins and helps answer questions about secondary woods, having logs milled, and grinding on the cheap. 
July 7, 2017
Vic Tesolin stops by to talk tools and tool bombs, plus the guys talk about splash-and-go sharpening stones, inexpensive vises, fretsaws, shaping curved legs, tool cabinets, and their all-time favorite woodworking books of all time… for this week.
June 23, 2017
With Ben filling in for Tom, and Anissa Kapsales filling in for Matt, the group confesses smooth moves, discusses mortising options, intermediate projects, router tables, flattening cupped boards, and woodworking revelations. Plus, Mike is accused of being a bit cheeky with this all-time favorite technique.
June 9, 2017
Plus, the guys talk about how they make drawer stock, tablesaw horsepower, roll around carts, and making a miter sled for a benchtop saw
May 26, 2017
Plus, the guys debate working from plans vs. improvising, how much stock to leave when milling, all time favorite techniques, and some recent tool bombs
May 12, 2017
Plus, the guys talk about attributes of a good woodworking student, picking the right wood for a project, and their all time favorite furniture and techniques 
April 28, 2017
A special episode recorded live from Fine Woodworking Live 2017, featuring guests Peter Follansbee, Vic Tesolin, Joshua Klein, Joe Taylor, and Wilbur Pan
April 14, 2017
Plus, the guys talk about finishing drawer sides, planing curly maple, and all-time favorite techniques and tools. They also answer an age-old question: How important is a fore plane?
March 31, 2017
Plus, storing handplanes, swapping motors on a dangerous jointer, all time favorite techniques, furniture, and a listener asks the question, why does my plank stank? 
March 17, 2017
Which bandsaw blades do you really need? Waterstones: to soak or not to soak. Plus all time favorite techniques and tools (hint: Matt has discovered tape, but it’s not blue!).
March 3, 2017
Advice for putting together a hand-tool kit, and some solid advice on picking hammers and mallets for woodworking. Plus, a question about contrast and smooth moves and favorite furniture.
February 17, 2017
Plus the guys talk about keeping stains off workpieces, drill-press mortising attachments, grain direction on tabletops, and Ben makes everyone squirm with one of his favorites.
February 3, 2017
Bench tips for a fledgling woodworker. Plus a call for help, and update on SawStop vs. Bosch, and our all time favorite furniture and tools.
January 20, 2017
Using a cast-iron vise as an end vise, tips on shipping furniture safely, and  Matt is haunted by saw diapers. Plus smooth moves and all-time favorite articles.
January 6, 2017
Plus, the guys talk about their favorite furniture of all time, all time techniques, crusty finishes, and the all important question — does your tablesaw need a diaper?
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