HTT047 – Demystifying Varnish

On today’s show, I discuss saw handle hang angle, frame saw length, repairing a split board, and varnish.


Thanks to Joe Deslauriers, William Elliott, Arkadiusz Cwikowski, Bill Warnock, Krister K., Lawrence Pylinski, Jeff Skiles, Matt McGrane, Jared Tohlen, Lance Stuchell, John Schuster, Steven Danenman, Kyle Groff, Jeff Mertz, Paul Joynes, Ethan Sincox, Michael Davis-Cheshire, Hernán Coronel, Jeremy Turner, Zayd Zaytoon, Hugo Baillargeon, Scott Runnels, Cameron Broome, Ted St. John, Dave Challis, John Baird, Jason Zvokel, Jay Derenthal, Reagan Herman, Thomas Feller, Roberto Holguin, Rob Bennett, Tim Morris, Gray Keene, Rob Switzer, Mike Holzhauer, John Gargano, Lawrence Schlack, Gary Wiskofske, Andrew McNaughton, Elmer Nahum, Peter Faulks, Ivar Sande, Thomas Corbin, Jacob Norton, Richard Yeskoo, Ray Deftereos, Borja Fernandez Sierro, Kevin Martin, Johnathan Rabkin, and Michael Marino for your support on Patreon.


  • NA

Listener Questions

  • Tim is looking for information on handle hang angle for a large hand saw.
  • Robert has a question about frame saw length.
  • Doug need some advice for repairing an old tool chest with a split lid.

Main Topic

Today’s main topic is demystifying varnish.

Feedback, Questions or Topic Suggestions?

If you’d like to submit something for the show, send a voice note recorded on your phone to  You can also leave a voicemail at (276) 601-3123 or use the contact form on the Contact page.

How to Support the Show

If you’d like to support the show, you can do so by visiting the Support page.

Posted in Audio and tagged , , .


  1. Really liked the part on the handle; very interesting! Never thought of it; not enough experience. I see why some saws will work better now. Thank you.

  2. Great intro to finishes which remain were mystery to me. Thanks a lot Bob. I always look forward to your podcasts.

    • I’m out of town for the weekend so I’ll have to double check when I’m back home. I think it’s the Jasco stuff though. I used to be able to get it at Lowe’s but they no longer carry anything but the “safe” strippers.

Join the Discussion

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.