Episode 076: Measuring Success

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What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – NEW Lathe, Making tap handles, working on the 100th vase.


Sean – Finished the nightstand video and the modern stool and preparing for the VWW event in OK.

Brian – Working on the walnut bed

Brain Benham’s Door Video

Main Topic – How do you measure success in a project?

Guest Question:

Mike Montgomery – Work flow and machine/shop organization.

                                                                                                                                                                                                     Listener Questions, Email, and Comments:

Matthew Moore –  Hey guys! First off, I stumbled upon your podcast a couple weeks ago and haven’t been able to stop listening to it since. Keep up the good work.

I have a dilemma that I was hoping for some advice on. I am pretty new to wood working and have been making some cutting boards as well as doing some home projects. So far I have a bunch of hand-me-down stuff from my dad and grandfather which include a Craftsman circular saw, 10” Craftsman single bevel miter saw and some hand planes. I’ve also recently purchased a 13” Delta thickness planer and 6” Pioneer jointer along with some Kreg jigs and a router and table as well as various other tools. For most projects I can get by with what I have however I am a bit of a perfectionist and it kills me when there are tools that could make certain tasks easier and/or more accurate and I don’t have them. So my wife came to me a few days ago and told me that for Father’s Day and my birthday she had enlisted the help of our parents and between them I have $450 to buy some more woodworking tools. I’ve been in the market for a table saw as well as a dust collector and have been scouring Craigslist to try and find something worth buying. Also, my shop is in my basement and is pretty small. 13’ x 12’ at the moment with plans to move one wall back so it will be 13’ x 16’. Which brings me to my questions? Would my money be better spent on a Dust Deputy/Shop Vac type dust collection system rather than a dedicated dust collector and would I be able to do most things with a good track saw rather than spend the money on a table saw that would take up quite a bit of real estate in my shop? I am ripping down sheet goods in my driveway as it is to bring them into my shop through a bulk head so that is where the track saw intrigues me.

Thank you in advance and sorry for being so long winded! Stay dusty my friends!



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Author: Spunjin

I am a woodworker, maker, and DIY enthusiast.

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