Episode 050: Reflections From Boston

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What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Working on more tap handles and his 100th vase.

Sean – Chugging away on the shoe bench and starting another stool.  Made some more pens for my store and a video on making some pens. 



Brian – Rounding the end of the credenza and worked on an inside out turning.  Going full time and moving to PA.

Main Topic – Reflections and inspirations from Boston

Guest Question:

Jason Villnave – When to upgrade your tools? Follow Jason on Twitter, Instagram, and check out his website.

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Zachariah – Hey Guys,

I have been binge listening to the podcast, when I get a chance, for the last few weeks. Except for the sound levels I love it.  I have two questions: First I am saving for my next shop tool and can’t decide if I should get a surface planer or a drum sander and was wondering what your opinions would be, what would you recommend?  The second is about pricing pens.  My 9 year old and I are turning pens and would like to sell them but don’t have any idea how to price them.  I see them on Etsy for $10, and have more in materials than that.  I notice Sean that you have them on your site for between $90 and $160 right now, how do you decide?

Keep it up guys.


Twitter: @BontexxWCraft
YTube: Bontexx – videos coming soon
Instagram: Bontexx

Vince – Over the summer, we built a new screened porch. I ended up with a bunch of left over 1×4 and 1×6 cedar that is rough on one side and smooth on the other.  Also have several 2×6 and 2×8 dimensional cedar boards. I was thinking of planing and jointing the rough cedar and making cedar chests for my kids.  What do you think? Is that the right kind of wood? Any other advice is welcome.


Ann Arbor, Michigan.

iTunes Ratings

Keith Decent – My Favorite Podcast of Ever – 5 Stars – There’s nothing like listening to these three every Friday on my ride home from my “treatments.”  I’m always into the shop talk, of course, but also like hearing about Sean’s chickens at his farm house, Brian’s newest book release, or the many heartwarming stories Kyle tells about his kids and Star Wars.  Please never stop making it the best podcast of all time.
Edowney9 – Great Podcast – 5 Stars – Informative and fun.  Very inspiring too.
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Author: Spunjin

I am a woodworker, maker, and DIY enthusiast.

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