My Video Shoot at Conover Workshops

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My latest adventure in woodworking took me to Conover Workshops, in Parkman, . This proved to be another gem of a for those interested in woodworking.  My friend, and the Publisher of Woodworker’s Journal, Rob Johnstone and I headed there to shoot a new turning DVD with the charming and sweet Ernie Conover.  It was a great experience to work with Ernie in his beautiful shop and pick his brain a bit about historic woodworking tools and practices.

Ernie has been turning for a long time. I think he could do beads and coves in his sleep!
This is the front of Ernie’s awesome shop. It would be very handy to have a crane like that one!

Ernie knows a lot about turning because his family is responsible for designing and fabricating the Conover lathe.  Therefore, I learned a few new turning tricks during filming to add to my tool bag.  The DVD we filmed is an all encompassing

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    • Philip Craig
    • February 22, 2015

    Great information Marc. Thin CA is very good at wicking into a joint. So,
    if you have a small chip and you have the piece that came out, try
    positioning it and while it is held in position, run thin CA along the
    join. You will find the CA wicks into the joint. RC aviators use this
    method to attach hinges for ailerons, elevators and rudders. Thin CA also
    dries faster than medium CA so no need for the activator/kicker. I actually
    don’t like activator because it weakens the bond. Yes, it speeds up the
    drying time but you end up with a weaker join.

    • Peter Clement
    • February 23, 2015

    Great Tee Shirt, New Zealand made.
    Like the Channel too.

    • Alex Gordon
    • February 23, 2015

    I have that shirt. They were amazing live!

    • Jacob W
    • February 23, 2015

    9:48 Love your reaction to that repair. Thanks for the video and tips. I’m
    getting into woodworking so it helps a lot. Thanks

    • Woodworking with The Wood Whisperer
    • February 23, 2015

    VIDEO: Fixing Common Mistakes

    • Walkertongdee
    • February 23, 2015

    Dude the mortice joints in your table are all off and you said you never
    made those mistakes, LOL…

    • Evad Repooc
    • February 23, 2015

    Putting a piece of damp cloth on top of the filler will stop it drying out
    I have been using this method for years and have never had one dry out

    • Anthony Thomas
    • February 23, 2015

    I noticed in this video what looks like a ductless heating/cooling system
    in your shop. Is that correct? If so, how you do like it? My wife and I
    are considering moving in that direction for our home.

    • David Gardner
    • February 23, 2015

    I’ve always heard it is not a mistake unless you can’t fix it. I have
    enjoyed your videos. Thanks for making them.

    • Nicholas Smerk
    • February 23, 2015

    Was that your wife helping you? That’s great! Thanks for the tips!

    • Juan Pablo Valerín Torres
    • February 23, 2015

    Vale la pena sacar tiempo para aprender. 

    • Jen Kirsch
    • February 23, 2015

    Regular CA glue, gasp! Nexabond, all the way!!! No water, bonds perfectly,
    no activtor needed!! Nothing beats it for building new jigs -and they are
    ready to use right away, same strength as titebond. It won’t replace
    titebond (not cheap for 4oz), but wow. You might want to order two,
    otherwise your wife will totally steal it. Works as well in the shop as it
    does in the house, glued new suspenders on my son’s fireman costume (I
    can’t sew for anything), and it held up forever, through multiple washes. 

    • 608johnny
    • February 23, 2015

    cut it twice and it is still shoer

    • Michael Honsinger
    • February 23, 2015

    Thank Nicole for making you go the extra half mile; it was good to see the
    final result in that fix. Thanks for the great tips! So…did you get your
    shirt at one of their concerts? Great band! :D

    • Woodworking Plans and Information
    • February 23, 2015

    You provide some very good tips that will be helpful.

    • Chris Pine
    • February 23, 2015

    Could not agree more about the CA glue! Use it all the time! Great

    • Alan Hurley
    • February 23, 2015

    Thanks for taking the time to do your presentations they are appreciated.

    • Dominic Bender
    • February 23, 2015

    Thanks for this overview, Marc. Made me realize that I need to get myself
    some CA glue, especially since I have developed a dislike for using epoxy
    since I always pour too much for what I usually need. Thanks for sharing!

    • CypressJim
    • February 23, 2015

    There are times when you just can’t get the right match, but I’ve found the
    strike anywhere kind, if you can find them, work well and the others are
    the stormproof matches, they’re a little more expensive, but work just as
    well. I’ve had to use them on a few projects, along with an extended
    vocabulary. Great tips, though, I seriously doubt I’ll ever need them. I
    follow the old adage, cut first, measure twice, curse a lot, and go buy

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