Episode 034: From Setback to Comeback

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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:



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.


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.


 Ryan Holdridge

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Author: Spunjin

I am a woodworker, maker, and DIY enthusiast.

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