Episode 034: From Setback to Comeback

We want to thank our top Patrons, Tracy Alexander, Stu Morrison, Scott McWilliams, Elliot Trent, Michael Schuler, Matt Kummell, Ty Moser, and Jim Rumsey!  You too can support the show by purchasing a T-Shirt, donating, or become a monthly patron as well.  If you choose to become a patron you can get the show’s pre-release, or a monthly group or individual hangout where we cut up and talk shop.

Thanks to Marshall Toy, Scott Haun, Sebastian Ollari, Justin Capogna, Matt Cremona, Nick Carruthers, Robert Bakie, and Joseph Muench for your support on Patreon as well.

Check out the new page for the Bench Build-Off kicking off August 28th – September 18th.

What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – 400 BF of white oak is in, pedestal table is done, tap handles are starting up again.  97th vase is in the works.  New GoPro camera in the shop.

Sean – Found a buyer for the pallet wood stool, ready to finish up the cement bench project, picked up a commission for 4 bar stools.

Brian – Camping with the family this week.  Finished and delivered the Credenzas.

Main Topic –  (From Mike Powers, @TSIGMike on Twitter) Getting back into work mode after an injury or a near miss scare.

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

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Email/Comments:

Scott King – Hey guys, I am a newer wood worker who has been learning to build furniture. I have been building lots of dining tables out of construction grade Douglas Fur lumber and/or common boards. I use a variety of power tools and hand tools, including several hand planes, to build my tables. I would like to start building with hardwoods but I don’t have any experience with them.

My question is, what are the differences that I can expect in building with hardwoods versus softwood?  Mainly, how will it be different to use my jointer, thickness planer, hand planes and sanders on the wood?
Thank you guys and keep up the great work. The podcast has been a great source for me as I am always trying to learn more to improve my woodworking.
Thanks,
Scott

 

Marshall Toy – Any tips on a DIY-level finishing booth. I’ve got a 10×10 enclosed portion of my shop that I initially intended to use to record music. What things would you guys include/use on a budget?

Ryan Holdridge – Hey guys,

New listener to the podcast and not sure if this question has been asked before.
How do you see new (or newly affordable) technologies such as laser cutters, CNC and even 3D printing affect your future projects? Do you expect to embrace it or try to stay “true” to woodworking of the last 30 years?
I personally can’t wait to have affordable options for bringing difficult, multi-medium, projects together.

Thanks,

 Ryan Holdridge

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Episode 033: The Time Underestimation Evaluation

We want to thank our top Patrons, Tracy Alexander, Stu Morrison, Scott McWilliams, Elliot Trent, Michael Schuler, Matt Kummell, Ty Moser, and Jim Rumsey!  You too can support the show by purchasing a T-Shirt, donating, or become a monthly patron as well.  If you choose to become a patron you can get the show’s pre-release, or a monthly group or individual hangout where we cut up and talk shop.

Thanks to Marshall Toy, Scott Haun, Sebastian Ollari, Justin Capogna, and Matt Cremona for your support on Patreon as well.

Check out the new page for the Bench Build-Off kicking off August 28th – September 18th.

What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Quartz top for the pedestal table is nearly finished.  Tap handles are mailed.  Starting on the second half of the Disneyland Trains.

Sean – Trim work for a client to widen the opening for their refridgerator.  Finished the form for the cement bench.  Pallet stools are well underway.  Free (with donation) plan for one stool here.

 

Brian – Working on the credenzas.  The drawers were delayed as 2 of the fronts were cut short.  Cut his thumb at the table saw.

Main Topic – Underestimating your time on client work

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

AJ – AJ wants to know how to get a woodworking business up and going.  Follow AJ on Instagram and Twitter.  Check out his website too.

Email/Comments:

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iTunes Ratings

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Episode 032: If We Knew Then What We Know Now

We want to thank our top Patrons, Tracy Alexander, Stu Morrison, Scott McWilliams, Elliot Trent, Michael Schuler, Matt Kummell, Ty Moser, and Jim Rumsey!  You too can support the show by purchasing a T-Shirt, donating, or become a monthly patron as well.  If you choose to become a patron you can get the show’s pre-release, or a monthly group or individual hangout where we cut up and talk shop.

Thanks to Marshall Toy, Scott Haun, Sebastian Ollari, Justin Capogna, and Matt Cremona for your support on Patreon as well.

Thank you Jeffrey Cassidy for your donation.

Check out the new page for the Bench Build-Off kicking off August 28th – September 18th.

What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Chugging away on the Disneyland Trains.  Turned a few tap handles. Turned the pedestal for the table.

Sean – Published the bed videos.

Brian – Working on the credenzas.  Lots of drawers.

Main Topic – If I Knew Then What I Know Now

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

Marshall Toy – Wood runners or drawer slides on a dresser?  Follow Marshall on Twitter, Instagram, check out his YouTube channel, and website.

Email/Comments:

Leigh Jordan – Waterproofing the inside walls of a basement?

iTunes Ratings

49cfr – 5 Stars – Update: six stars – Essential podcast for woodworkers, makers, and fans of these guys’ YouTube channels.  Engaging and Educational. (Sorry Kyle, more than 10 words)

WoodenCreationz – 5 Stars – Party Like a Rockstar – Hey Guys, straight up killer show!  This is Brian from WoodenCreationz.  Huge fan of all of you…especially Kyle when he remembers to put on clothes.  I got the chance to meet Sean and Kyle at Atlanta, GA and WIA.  Both outstanding guys!  I was the 6’7″ guy with the light up respirator mask.  If by chance you don’t remember.  You can stalk me on Instagram and on YouTube WoodenCreationz.  I am not a fine woodworker per say.  I’m more of a lets have fun inventing and designing things and busting out nice stuff when things cost too much and I remember I have a shop full of tools that can make the exact same thing.  Do you guys often build stuff you see in order to save money?  Love to hear some stories if you do!  Take care gentlemen.  Loving the reviews at the end of the podcast!  Brian WoodenCreationz

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Episode 031: Efficiency Improvement Improvisation

We want to thank our top Patrons, Tracy Alexander, Stu Morrison, Scott McWilliams, Elliot Trent, Michael Schuler, Matt Kummell, and Ty Moser!  You too can support the show by purchasing a T-Shirt, donating, or become a monthly patron as well.  If you choose to become a patron you can get the show’s pre-release, or a monthly group or individual hangout where we cut up and talk shop.

Thanks to Marshall Toy, Scott Haun, Sebastian Ollari, Justin Capogna, and Matt Cremona for your support on Patreon as well.

A special thank you to Joseph Muench (Instagram) for his one time donation.

Check out the new page for the Bench Build-Off kicking off August 28th – September 18th.

What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Chugging away on the Disneyland Trains.  Turning a pedestal for the table commission.  Dining table video is out.

Sean – Took it easy all week.  Worked on editing a few videos and adding two styles of stools to the plans from last week.

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Brian – Took a break most of the week.  The wife wants a vanity for the bathroom.  Walnut door video is out.  Working on the credenzas.’

Main Topic – Improving Efficiency

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

James Wright – How do you finish those projects that keep getting put off?  Follow James on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, check out his YouTube channel and website.

Email/Comments:

Adam – Hello again fellas!  I know there are plenty of articles on this topic, but I wanted to get an opinion from “you’s guys” on this: English Style Push saw or Japanese Style Pull saw for dovetails?  Or something different altogether.  I’m a beginner (zero cuts given) when it comes to dovetails.  Plus, I don’t have any equipment to sharpen my own tools (yet).  As a beginner, what route should I go?  Also, is something like David Barron’s magnetic dovetail guide worth looking into or just a gimmick?

Thanks!
Adam

A good forum entry can be found here.

Jonathan – Gentlemen,

 I just watched Kyle’s 96th vase video, and noticed that he cut the vase off of the lathe with what looked to be a Japanese-style dozuki saw (it had a back to the blade, so I think that’s a dozuki). I know at least one of you guys has a Bad Axe dovetail saw, and I think I’ve seen Kyle cut dovetails using a Western style push-dovetail saw in the past.
Any chance you have some insight into going in one direction or another? Are pull saws better for some applications than others, or is it totally just a feel/comfort thing?
I have pull saws, but have done nothing but butcher my feeble attempts at dovetails with them.
Thanks
Jon
David – Hi guys!
 I’ve been wanting to make a proper woodworking bench for a hot minute and this build off was the extra motivation I needed to get going (other than currently working off of a piece of crap), so thank you all for that!  My plan is this will be my slightly smaller sized “practice” bench that will work for my current 1 car garage/shop, heavily weighted and sturdy yet add features that will make it easy to take apart for transport , then carry over to my new house’s detached garage/shop whenever my wife and I finally buy a new house.  Then I’ll take what I learned and/or screwed up on and build a larger bench while keeping this one as a joinery bench or something of that nature.  The lumber has been stacked and drying for a few weeks now and the fun part is the plans I had in place to get a thickness planer beforehand fell through so I’ll be knockin’ this out with the ole 80 something year old Stanley 4, 5 & 7 hand planes!!!!!  Gonna be awesome & can’t wait to get started!!!
    Also wanted to mention, your TDL shirts are bad ass & are working for y’all because I had no idea they were from a podcast.  In fact, this is the first podcast I’ve ever listened to and I’ve binged every episode while out in the shop.  I woulda left y’all a 5 star review on iTunes, but I don’t have an account and this might be over 15 words😀
Looking forward to the bench build, thanks for the awesome content and keep up the great work!!!!
Dave Barlow – Chesapeake VA
 iTunes Ratings

wnaziri – 5 Stars – Great Pod – I’ve enjoyed listening to every episode since the beginning.  To podcast has improved significantly since the first episode.  A special note:  I have come to really appreciate the humanity of the 3 amigos.  We have a professional woodworker, a semi-pro woodworker, and a stay-at-home loving father of 4 kids.  I am proud to have something in common with them.  Keep the episodes coming, please.  Wade N (italics are our correction)

chrisXjacobsen – 5 Stars – TDL Haiku – A new woodworker, Loves listening to you guys, Just got a wood lathe.

If you have comments, questions, or suggested topics for future shows you can email us at contact@thedustylife.com.  Follow the show on Twitter and Instagram @thedustylife. You can support the show by purchasing a t-shirt, clicking the donate button for a one-time donation, or become a patron to help us keep this bus rolling.

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Episode 030: The Point of No Return

We want to thank our top Patrons, Tracy Alexander, Stu Morrison, Scott McWilliams, Elliot Trent, Michael Schuler, and Matt Kummell!  You too can support the show by purchasing a T-Shirt, donating, or become a monthly patron as well.  If you choose to become a patron you can get the show’s pre-release, or a monthly group or individual hangout with us where we cut up and talk shop.

Thanks to Marshall Toy, Scott Haun, Sebastian Ollari, Justin Capogna, and Matt Cremona for your support on Patreon as well.

Guy Dunlap is offering a chisel cabinet in a giveaway.

Check out the new page for the Bench Build-Off kicking off August 28th – September 18th.

What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Working on the trains, landed a commission for an oval pedestal table.

Sean – Finished the bed!  Planning a segmented vase for a friend.  Designed a stool for an upcoming project, plans available with a minimal donation for a limited time as preparations to film and build are being made.  Finished hanging soundboard and drywall in furnace closet.

Brian – Walnut door is out and at the client’s house.  Working on the credenza doors and drawers, potentially got a commission for a trestle table.

Main Topic – The Point of No Return.  When we realized we would be doing this forever.

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

David Lenz – David asks about painting furniture pieces and how to finish painted pieces.  Follow David on Twitter, Facebook, and check out his website.

Email/Comments:

Jeremy – Good show guys, good to know I’m not the only one struggling with the work-life-woodworking (or my phone) balance.
Question on your bench build:  Is this meant to be start-to-finished within that time-line, or just finishing?  I have been on-again-off-again working on a bench for a while, and could probably finish it up in that time frame.
Thanks

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Episode 029: The Designer Craftsman Transformation

We want to thank our top Patrons, Tracy Alexander, Stu Morrison, Scott McWilliams, Elliot Trent, Michael Schuler, and Matt Kummell!  You too can support the show by purchasing a T-Shirt, donating, or become a monthly patron as well.  If you choose to become a patron you can get the show’s pre-release, or a monthly group or individual hangout with us where we cut up and talk shop.

Thanks to Marshall Toy, Scott Haun, Sebastian Ollari, Justin Capogna, and Matt Cremona for your support on Patreon as well.

Thank you to our donors, Eric Burke, Howard Frischman, and Christopher Miller for your one time donations.

Guy Dunlap is offering a chisel cabinet in a giveaway.

Check out the new page for the Bench Build-Off kicking off August 28th – September 18th.

What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Hit 35K on YouTube, picked up some white oak for the Disneyland Trains and Honduras Mahogany for the Lilly Belle Train, made some tap handles, made the table legs with leo print.

Sean – Made the rails for the bed, anchored the AC unit, and wired the junction box in the attic, turned a couple small things.

Brian –Made a walnut barn door for a client, video on the entry table, plugged away at the credenzas.

Main Topic – The transformation from production woodworker to designer craftsman

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

Brad Rodriguez – How to finish a difficult piece with shellac?  What is/are your favorite tool(s) that is sentimental to us?  Follow him on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, check out his website, and his YouTube channel.  Here is the box he made in reference to his question.

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Email/Comments:

Jonathan Ficke –Gentlemen,

I fell behind and am getting caught up on the casts. I just listened to Episode 23, where you talk about how you would set up a shop if you were building from the ground up.
 
I had a thought that might be helpful for dust collection. If I ever get to build, I’d like to run PVC along the rafters down the center line of the shop and cut in 45 degree junction points every so often to provide access lines down to machines. Cut in the T-shaped connectors to provide branch lines that can go over to the walls. Cap off lines that aren’t in use, and then you can open them up for expand-ability if you acquire a new machine.
 
The other thing I would do is run electrical to the ceiling and put some extension cords on reels that you can pull down in a few places. My uncle has those in his shop, and not having to wrangle cords around machines and such is nice.
 
Keep up the good work guys,
 
Jon Ficke

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Episode 028: Life Management

We want to thank our top Patrons, Tracy Alexander, Stu Morrison, Scott McWilliams, Elliot Trent, Michael Schuler, and Matt Kummell!  You too can support the show by purchasing a T-Shirt, donating, or become a monthly patron as well.  If you choose to become a patron you can get the show’s pre-release, or monthly group or individual hangout with us.

Thanks to Marshall Toy, Scott Haun, Sebastian Ollari, Justin Capogna, and Matt Cremona for your support on Patreon as well.

Check out the new page for the Bench Build-Off kicking off August 28th – September 18th.

What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle –  Finished the 96th Vase, got the DisneyLand Commission for the trains, sold another piece from the Del Mar fair.,.

Sean – Glued up the headboard and applied a finish, worked on AC installation, and turned a small lidded box for his Daughter.

Brian – Remodeled his house and painted the hall table.

Main Topic – How to manage your woodworking extracurriculars.

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

Eric Burke – Asks Kyle how to clean glue squeeze out from the inside of small boxes.  Follow Eric on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Email/Comments:

Adam Beasley – Hey fellas!  I love the show!

I actually tapped into the Rubino Woodworker’s & Website Resource Clinic a few months ago not even realizing you all had this Dusty Life empire going.  I sort of lucked into having Sean as a resource because of a mutual friend we have from back home.  With a ton of great advice, I’ve been able to launch a website, become extremely active on social media, buy a Go-Pro to video my work (a la Toth) and now have a growing list of commissions I’m happily struggling to keep up with.
So here’s my question, with all of this business coming my way, I’m obviously getting the itch to drop everything with my full-time job and pursue full-time custom woodworking.  Don’t worry, I’m not going to jump just yet.  But did you all experience an early surge of business for commissions and then have it taper off?  If so, how did you get through that?  What’s a reasonable amount of time to get consistent commissions before you realize this is sustainable?  I got a big break with a reception desk at a fitness studio (https://www.instagram.com/p/BGkblWYmgxA/?taken-by=lazyguydiy) and now I’ve got enough referral work be it residential or retail furniture to last me throughout the year.  I’d hate to start making long term plans and then find out I’m a short term success. What’s funny though is my priority was always the DIY website and then all the commission requests started coming in because of it.  Consider the priority scales tipped in favor of woodworking.
Thanks fellas!
Adam in the RVA
Instagram & Twitter:  @LazyGuyDIY
 iTunes Ratings

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