10 Woodworking Tips from a Pro Shop



obviously have a problem this isn't a production shop it's just my shop so to do tips on a production shop I gotta head over to my buddy's production shop in Kentucky so I'll be either so one thing that's going to come up a lot if speed is everything is in a production shop you're only paying the bills as long as product is going out and it's good quality that the customers gonna be happy with it's gonna get you more referrals but mainly gotta get it done and going to the next project get the next paycheck and a lot of the difference is I'm gonna talk about between how I normally run my shop another hobbyist I know versus the way they run their shop they were driven by cutting down that time so for Bark removal what they found to be fastest is a sharpened five-way tool and like richard says if you need more force just hit it with a hammer [Music] we got most everything off at the five we're gonna switch to a restore to get all the fuzzies and bring you down better another sweet jig they have is how they do glue ups now of course they have Kleenex everyone has claims have you've done a lot of panel glue ups you know there's a learning curve to it and they take a lot of time in their little finicky when people are rotating through the shop then you've got onboard teaching the nuance of how to do a panel glue up and take a lot of time but with the panel clamp system that they have it makes it dead simple and it doesn't take up near as much room and it's way faster plus they can do a lot of panels at one time [Music] [Music] [Music] when that's a little arbitrary is knowing your products so when they do clamp ups they know that they're glue only needs to stay in clamp for an hour and a half to two hours they just use tight bond that's the clamping time if you leave the bottle I normally try to plan my glue ups to be the last thing I do in the shop just so that way the next day they're ready so I'm not burning time because I don't have the room to have glue ups laying around but here they have the panel clamp and they've got a lot of work to do so they can just keep rotating glue ups and you know in an eight hour they easily knock out four or five glue ups if they stay on top of that time so if they're large form slot tables that they do a lot if you've been around a lot of lumber you know defects are inherent in that kind of work so you also that often have cracks me and stabilize knots to fill etc they used to use epoxy but at a minimum you're really looking at a day before you can rework epoxy if you're using a deep core to really get in there and stabilize you're looking at three days or better so when things they found was bondo they you colorize it in the can so it's a dark gray almost black and that's what they used to stabilize everything because within 15 minutes after mixing just about it's ready to sand and you can keep on rolling [Music] of course that said when you get to really deep Boyd's bondo can get a little bit finicky and might not cure all the way if you take it on too much so they have some nifty techniques using like sawdust in CA glue to speed up the bulk filling process and then top coat with bondo which I mean that way you can really keep moving really fast but you're not compromising the integrity of what you're working on today that said the voids that they're filling this way are not structural it's just a void that needs to be covered anything that's structural we find a way to secure it and then that would get epoxy or gets a bowtie once your bowtie that gives you structural stability and then you can come back with vodka [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] thing I'm sure you were anticipating hearing at some point is having the right tool for the job more than that the tool that fits you in finding those tools I didn't know 11 inch sander existed these guys do a lot of tabletops it's the main thing they do but they don't have room in their current shop through a white belt sander which is the industry standard for speeding up the sanding process but they found this 11 inch sander and because it's so large it seems a lot quicker but more than that because of its size it floats better and helps keep everything flat especially when you're still flattening up blue ups if they're larger than what will fit through the planer as if you use it a 6 inch 5 inch lot you know you can inadvertently dish and sand cups into the top with this big one that's not a worry whenever you're making a bunch of multiples of something is a lot faster to work in batch operations meaning you pick a step and you run everything through that step and then you move on for each of those batch operations for them to go fastest it's best to set up a workflow even if it means moving your material another time we just finished ripping all those pieces over at the table saw that the ripped we've set up a crosscut section over here to get them all cut down to lengths and all the excess on the end on so it starts here with stuff ready we cut the nick takes it to the MFT table uses the track saw which is set on that to cut it and then Kevin is laying them out so bondo work can start happening [Music] [Music] [Music] before we did a cross cutting the course everything had to be planed after the glue up and the planing you set up a station same as the cross cutting with a nice flow so we keep track of what needs to be playing what's already been done [Music] [Music] another cool tool that they have because they Mowgli mainly view tables and they're do a lot of large form tables a lot of work with slabs is they have the slab master which is a not automated manual way to flatten slabs and is significantly faster than say a router sled and for them it was a better choice than a CNC because it doesn't require as much skill to operate and came at a huge cost savings because of that it also has a sanding head so before they found their 11 inch sander they could also do rough sanding on [Music] [Music] [Music] finishing you're gonna see that they do things a little different and I know some of you sick of hearing me say just read the back of the can they don't follow that they've talked to the representative where the brand that they use and then a bunch of experimenting these general finishes and they wipe on one coat of armour seal to get the color they want kind of like how I tone with the amber I'll see on before I clear coat and then for their clear coat they use general finished conversion varnish and spray three coats of that on an hour after the armored seal sets in because that's enough time for its penetrate the wood as soon as they don't feel the residue on top anymore spray on one coat wait an hour go up to three coats and burnish in between the coats with ground paper [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] there we go I hope that was interesting I had a lot of fun up there and learned a lot I hope you learn something or inspired or at least entertained thank you to the guys at Lakeside for letting me crash their shop for a little bit and until next time make time to make something [Music] [Music] [Music] you [Music]

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