Episode 039: Are You a Pro?

We want to thank our top Patrons on Patreon: 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, Joseph Muench, Tim Holiner, Dave Bebee, Brodie Brickey, Taylor Craig, Modern Builds (Mike Montgomery), Eric Burke for your support on Patreon as well.

Check out the new page for the Bench Build-Off going on now through September.

What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Moving into the new apartment.  Kitchen cart in white oak and copper pipe. LAMCA trip.

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Sean – Stool building is continuing and ahead of schedule.  Made a video on improving your clamp handles.

Brian – Roubo build is going strong!

Main Topic – Professionalism vs. Being a Pro.

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

David Gunn – Do you plan out your videos in advance or do you base your videos on your commissions/projects for yourself?  What are the pros and cons of planning vs commissioned piece videos?  Follow David on Twitter, Instagram, and check out his YouTube channel.

Email/Comments:

What type of respirators do you guys wear?

Steve – I’ve been making  a clip board for my wife, she picked out morado and bloodwood at the lumber store.  Looks awesome, but the finish is curing.  I’m using varathanes polyurethane out of a spray can.  Meanwhile the bloodwood dried fine.  Any reason why, my though was oil in the wood?  Is there a solution if this is the case?  Thanks guys!

Steve Dale @grain_creations on Instagram

iTunes Ratings

Keep making it – Worth the listen EVERY week – 5 Stars – Dusty Life Podcast is getting better and better each week.  The three hosts do a very good job imparting their knowledge and experience to the listener.  Love the call ins with the other woodworkers as well.  Whether it’s in the car or in the shop, The Dusty Life is eagerly anticipated each week.  Keep up the good work!  Mark from the Old Plank Woodworks
Mike Montgomery – . – 5 stars  – This is a good podcast.

 

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Episode 038: Patron Questions Answered

We want to thank our top Patrons, 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, Joseph Muench, Tim Holiner, Dave Bebee, Brodie Brickey and Taylor Craig for your support on Patreon as well.

Check out the new page for the Bench Build-Off going on now through September

What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Marketing plan from College students.  Picture frames for Jimmy DiResta’s flyers.  Finished the Burl Card Box and the 97th vase.

Sean – Working on finishing the preparations for finishing the legs.

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Brian – Wagon vise installed, jointer sold to Miter Mike.

Main Topic – Patron questions are answered.

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

None…

Email/Comments:

Taylor – Hey guys, I’m sort of at the point of the year where I like to budget for next year’s larger tool purchases, and one thing that looks to be on the horizon this year is lathe.  A family member of mine has around 100 acres of forested area, primarily oak and hickory with some walnut and cherry sprinkled throughout.  It’s located about 4 hours from me, so I would like to figure out a way to take advantage of the material.  A portable mill vs Alaskan mill is something I would take a little more time into researching, so creating blanks seems like a good way of making use of the material for now.

I’ve never used a lathe, but I’m anxious to try some bowls and other display type projects. But I keep running into forum posts stating how terrible oak and hickory are to turn. Hickory is hard, and oak is fiber-y — I get that, but will they be an inescapable frustration?
Curious to hear if any of you (particularly that Master Turner fella) have experience turning either material and if I should factor their characteristics  into what I’m looking for in my first lathe?
I know it’s already a long email, but writing that last bit made me think of I another topic — when can someone consider themselves a “Master”.  I don’t know Kyle but he seems like he’ll be last in line to give himself the label of “Master Turner”, but from where I’m sitting…at worst he’s 3 vases and an obligatory book away😉

 

iTunes Ratings

Ash_crack – Dope podcast – 5 Stars – Dope podcast.
D:Roy – Keeping it to 15 words – 5 stars  – Great show, great content, great hosts.  One of my favorites, always listen.  Please subscribe now.

 

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.

Check out our individual websites (mccauleysdesign.com, woodbytoth.com, and seanrubino.com), our social media platforms, YouTube channels, subscribe!, and spread the word to friends, family, and coworkers.

Also, consider subscribing to The Dusty Life Podcast through iTunes, SoundCloud, Google Play, or the click the RSS on our homepage at thedustylife.com and please leave us a rating as it helps climb the ever growing podcast charts.

Episode 037: Building For Yourself, Design and Function

We want to thank our top Patrons, 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, Joseph Muench, Tim Holiner, and Dave Bebee for your support on Patreon as well.

Check out the new page for the Bench Build-Off going on now through September.

MWA/WT Meet Up at Cincinnati during WIA on Thursday from 5-8 at Christian Moerlein Brewing Co., 1621 Moore St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Finished the 97th vase, veneered card box, and more stuff from Disneyland.

Sean – Still working on the 4 bar stools.  Stopped by Kyle’s shop for a quick visit.  Picked up a Bailey #3 for $4 but there was a hole drilled in the sole.

Brian – Building the Roubo bench for the Bench Build Off.

Main Topic – Building furniture for yourself to fill a space or fill a need.

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

Arthur Pollack: How do you get friends and family to watch your YouTube videos?  Check out Arthur on Twitter, Instagram, and check him out on YouTube.

Email/Comments:

Mike – Made a Kid’s Workbench for his kids from Sean’s plans.

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Brock – Making a multi function workbench for the small shop.

 iTunes Ratings
Guy Who Thinks He Can Build- A great listen for wood nerds – 5 Stars – I have been listening since the beginning of the show and it has been enjoyable listening to the guys become more comfortable, and gain more chemistry while doing the podcast.  Will continue so long as they keep making them.  Toth is god! (wanted to make him read this!)
Kighthood6 – Sam Knight – 5 stars  – Finally a podcast that gives woodturing a spot in the lime-light.  Love the podcast!  Keep it up guys!

 

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.

Check out our individual websites (mccauleysdesign.com, woodbytoth.com, and seanrubino.com), our social media platforms, YouTube channels, subscribe!, and spread the word to friends, family, and coworkers.

Also, consider subscribing to The Dusty Life Podcast through iTunes, SoundCloud, Google Play, or the click the RSS on our homepage at thedustylife.com and please leave us a rating as it helps climb the ever growing podcast charts.

Episode 036: Low Pay is Still Pay, Part 2

We want to thank our top Patrons, 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, Joseph Muench, Tim Holiner, and Dave Bebee for your support on Patreon as well.

Check out the new page for the Bench Build-Off going on now through September 18th.

MWA/WT Meet Up at Cincinnati during WIA on Thursday from 5-8 at Christian Moerlein Brewing Co., 1621 Moore St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – 120 Tap handles, do or die art, more Disneyland stuff.  Made some legs for couches for customers.  Went on vacation over the weekend.

Sean – Working on the 4 bar stools.  The legs are glued up with the seats.  Time to attach the stretchers and begin shaping.

Brian – Building the Roubo bench for the Bench Build Off.

Special Hop-In Guest Matt Cremona – Working on the Saw mill.

Main Topic –  Taking jobs just because you need the money and the downside of doing so.

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

Chris Schoblocher – Grinding new bevels on gouges?  Follow Chris on Twitter and YouTube (future videos coming).

Email/Comments:

Chris – Hello Boys, first of all, great podcast!  I really appreciate the well balanced backgrounds of the group and Kyle’s experience with turning which compliments the woodworking background of the group which sets this podcast apart from the rest.

My question for you- I’ve been turning for 2 years and have turned 2 segmented small bowls.  I enjoy the visual appeal of contrasting woods as much as the next person which is where I think the “sexy” allure comes from.  The question is this- in order to achieve that contrasting appearance between segments giving the brick and mortar appearance, what is the extent of material options to set off different segments?  For example, am I limited in trying to rip 1/32″ slices of contrasting wood to get that effect between rings or individual segments or can I use something else?  I’ve thought about black construction paper, card stock, even felt glued between layers of wood with CA glue to instill some structural rigidity.  Also, if something other than wood can be used, does that influence a movement away from yellow glue to something else like CA glue?  I’m not looking to reinvent the wheel so suggestions are welcomed.  There’s something about thin black lines outlining segments that I hope to practice.

Thanks for a great show and all the wisdom masked in entertainment!  Keep up the great work!

Chris

In Madison, Wisconsin

Spencer – Hey dudes, a few episodes back and about every couple episodes in one of the woodworking podcasts we all listen to we hear a questions about sharpening, methods, grits and so on. Well I never really understood the differences between “grits” on sand paper, diamond stones, water stones and what’s actually going on. But then I found this article online from Chris Schwarz on popular woodworking where he shed some light on it and also included this really handy chart that broke down all the main manufacturers and what their grits or coarseness actually means in terms of not sharp to sharp. It’s all measured in the term microns and once I read this it began to make sense. He does a better job than I could explaining it so here’s the link. Hope it help clarify for someone else who may be scratching their head like I was. Thanks guys for what you do!

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 iTunes Ratings
pike0x1A4- One of my favorites! – 5 Stars – These guys are awesome like your favorite meal or that time you got a free weekend in the shop without interruption.  Maybe even better than having that epic “I told you so” moment with your significant other, or better yet, your boss.  These guys will keep you entertained whether you are doing yard work, busy in the shop, or in the car trying to ignore the kids.  Any way you look at it, this is a good podcast to subscribe to and be a patron of.
GG807 – Love it! – 5 stars  – The Dusty Life Guys give great insights in an approachable way.  Out of the many maker/woodworker podcasts, this is one of my favorites.

 

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.

Check out our individual websites (mccauleysdesign.com, woodbytoth.com, and seanrubino.com), our social media platforms, YouTube channels, subscribe!, and spread the word to friends, family, and coworkers.

Also, consider subscribing to The Dusty Life Podcast through iTunes, SoundCloud, Google Play, or the click the RSS on our homepage at thedustylife.com and please leave us a rating as it helps climb the ever growing podcast charts.

Episode 035: Low Pay is Still Pay

We want to thank our top Patrons, 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, Joseph Muench, Tim Holiner, and Dave Bebee for your support on Patreon as well.

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

MWA/WT Meet Up at Cincinnati during WIA on Thursday from 5-8 at Christian Moerlein Brewing Co., 1621 Moore St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

 

 

What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Disneyland took their stuff.  More tap handles were ordered from Refuge Brewery, delivered the Pedestal Table.

Sean – Finished the Cement Bench for the #Quikrete1BagWonder Challenge.  Made a trip to Peterman Lumber for the Cherry and Douglas Fir for the 4 stools.

Brian – Returned from camping trip.  Went to IWF for a day.   Got another order for the Credenza in a different width.

Main Topic –  Taking jobs just because you need the money even though it may not be worth it.

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

Ty Moser – Regrets on jobs?  Follow Ty on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and visit his site.

Email/Comments:

None…

 iTunes Ratings
FluxCubby – Real Talk About Shop – 5 Stars – The best thing about this podcast is listening to the pros talk about the issues, problems, and frustrations the rest of us have in our shops every day.  It’s very encouraging to hear Brian, Kyle, and Sean talk about underestimating time requirements, mis-sizing pieces, or having close calls with safety–not that we want these things to happen, but it’s nice to know I’m not the only one who can’t get as much done in one day as I often think I can.  Thanks for taking time to talk through your every day experiences.  They have tremendous value to me and others who are learning the craft.
the_viking – 10 Words to Awesome – 5 stars  – One… two… three… four… five… six… seven…eight…nine…ten…Awesome!!!

 

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.

Check out our individual websites (mccauleysdesign.com, woodbytoth.com, and seanrubino.com), our social media platforms, YouTube channels, subscribe!, and spread the word to friends, family, and coworkers.

Also, consider subscribing to The Dusty Life Podcast through iTunes, SoundCloud, Google Play, or the click the RSS on our homepage at thedustylife.com and please leave us a rating as it helps climb the ever growing podcast charts.

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:

None…

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

iTunes Ratings

None…

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.

Check out our individual websites (mccauleysdesign.com, woodbytoth.com, and seanrubino.com), our social media platforms, YouTube channels, subscribe!, and spread the word to friends, family, and coworkers.

Also, consider subscribing to The Dusty Life Podcast through iTunes, SoundCloud, Google Play, or the click the RSS on our homepage at thedustylife.com and please leave us a rating as it helps climb the ever growing podcast charts.

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:

None…

iTunes Ratings

None…

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.

Check out our individual websites (mccauleysdesign.com, woodbytoth.com, and seanrubino.com), our social media platforms, YouTube channels, subscribe!, and spread the word to friends, family, and coworkers.

Also, consider subscribing to The Dusty Life Podcast through iTunes, SoundCloud, Google Play, or the click the RSS on our homepage at thedustylife.com and please leave us a rating as it helps climb the ever growing podcast charts.