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.


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

Main Topic – Patron questions are answered.

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:



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 😉


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Author: Spunjin

I am a woodworker, maker, and DIY enthusiast.

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