Episode 029: The Designer Craftsman Transformation

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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.



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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Author: Spunjin

I am a woodworker, maker, and DIY enthusiast.

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