Episode 068: Mental Health Maintenance

We want to thank our top Patrons on Patreon: Jameson Elam, Stu Morrison, Scott McWilliams, Elliot Trent, Ty Moser, New England Woodworking Studio, Glen Vajcner, Adam Zawalich, Nick Hinson, and Dave Barlow!  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, a sticker, or other rewards based on the level you choose.

Thanks to Marshall Toy, Scott Haun, Sebastian Ollari, Justin Capogna, Matt Cremona, Nick Carruthers, Robert Bakie, Tim Holiner, Dave Bebee, Brodie Brickey, Modern Builds (Mike Montgomery), Eric Burke, Christopher Pickslay, JM Tosses, Terry Mulligan, Eric Schneider, Joe Pierce, Kyle Walker, Daniel Mendoza, Michael Jeffcoat, Kyle Thomas, Bruce Cooper, Steve Avery, Matthew Vitale, Matt Parker, Alex Garcia, Tim Marquart, Charles Alm, Chris Shanor, and Stian Johannessen for your support on Patreon as well.

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What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Finishing up the bar and some mugs.

Sean – Finishing up the Mantle and ready for installation.

Brian – Finished the trestle table and video.  Delivering the table to the house in VA.

Main Topic – Maintaining good mental health.

Recommended Book – The Road Less Traveled, M Scott Peck, M.D.

Guest Question: 

Mike (Leatherneck Garage) – How to raise awareness for We Make Makers?  Check out the Kickstarter, the Instagram page, and the Facebook page.

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments:

Poll results – 64% Refrigerator, 21% Big Screen TV, 8% Kegerator, 7% Fog machine

Kyle Thomas – I’m building a Roubo style workbench in the near future and I’m getting plans together.  First, split top vs solid top.  If I go with a split top, how are the insides of the tops supported? Stretchers and aprons under the tops?  Second, how much overhang do I need on either end?  Usually on the leg vice side the overhang is much shorter than the tail vice side.  It’ll be about 6′ long.  Thanks for any help guys!

Ron Baker – Hey Brian,
(repeating my comment on YouTube)
Thanks for the great shows.
Have you investigated any more into the depth of cut issue on the mega dado/box joint sled?
My guess is it is problem with the key, but you would have to make some careful measurements. Maybe the hot glue doesn’t give a consistent offset depth.
Another possibility is that the screws attaching the fence spread the plies a few microns.
Drill couple of holes in the sled deck and measure the distance to the top of the saw table.
I would love to hear a follow up on the Dusty Life Podcast .
I hope you get those internet issues ironed out so you don’t miss any more shows.
All the best.

Dobry Kolacz – What’s a tool or technique that you’ve acquired that completely changed or enhanced the way you do or go about doing a thing?

iTunes Ratings

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Episode 066: Scheduling Conundrum

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Thanks to Marshall Toy, Scott Haun, Sebastian Ollari, Justin Capogna, Matt Cremona, Nick Carruthers, Matt Kummell, Robert Bakie, Tim Holiner, Dave Bebee, Brodie Brickey, Modern Builds (Mike Montgomery), Eric Burke, Christopher Pickslay, JM Tosses, Terry Mulligan, Eric Schneider, Joe Pierce, Kyle Walker, Daniel Mendoza, Michael Jeffcoat, Kyle Thomas, Bruce Cooper, Steve Avery, Matthew Vitale, Matt Parker, Alex Garcia, Tim Marquart, and Charles Alm for your support on Patreon as well.

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What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Finished a floating bowl and 100 tap handles.

Sean – Finished the chair for the 3 power tool challenge.

Brian – Working on a table and the doors.

Main Topic – How Our Schedules Have Changed

Guest Question: 

Ty Moser – What are the pros and cons of content creation?  Do you grow in your own work?

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments:

Joe Pierce – Since last weeks episode didn’t have any emails for Sean to read, I’ll try to help.

My next project is to build a 6 person dining table from pecan, I have way more than I will need for the project and it is all 5/4 rough sawn. I’m not entirely sure how the base is going to look, but I’m thinking trestle or some variation.
Do you dusty guys have and tips or hints to help me out in my first large table endeavor?
Thanks

Rebecca Orange – Hey guys,

I am employed full time and plan to continue my day job until its time to retire. I have become ever more obsessed with woodworking and learning as much as possible for the last year and a half. I very much want to sell projects on the side to help supplement buying all the best tools and having some extra cash. What concerns me is the few people out there who are sue happy and the potential of losing money in a lawsuit. What is your opinion on LLC, INC, etc.(I don’t know the difference)? Also is LLC even something I should be doing as I don’t plan to be a factory pumping out items, I still want to keep the enjoyment, just selling a few items here and there. Does this make sense for tax purposes as well? Will I end up having to pay more taxes than what I make if I am not selling items?? I greatly appreciate your help and advice!
Thanks,
Rebecca Naranjo ( a fellow Temecula woodworker!!)
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Episode 065: Problematic Past Projects

We want to thank our top Patrons on Patreon: Jameson Elam, Stu Morrison, Scott McWilliams, Elliot Trent, Ty Moser, New England Woodworking Studio, Glen Vajcner, Adam Zawalich, Nick Hinson, and Dave Barlow!  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, a sticker, or other rewards based on the level you choose.

Thanks to Marshall Toy, Scott Haun, Sebastian Ollari, Justin Capogna, Matt Cremona, Nick Carruthers, Matt Kummell, Robert Bakie, Tim Holiner, Dave Bebee, Brodie Brickey, Modern Builds (Mike Montgomery), Eric Burke, Christopher Pickslay, JM Tosses, Terry Mulligan, Eric Schneider, Joe Pierce, Kyle Walker, Daniel Mendoza, Michael Jeffcoat, Kyle Thomas, Bruce Cooper, Steve Avery, Matthew Vitale, Matt Parker, Alex Garcia, Tim Marquart, and Charles Alm for your support on Patreon as well.

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What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – 100 tap handles, a segmented bowl.

Sean – Started the chair for the 3 power tool challenge.

Brian – Working on the doors to match the credenzas.

Main Topic – When a client reports a problem with a commissioned piece

Guest Question: 

AJ – How to manage time for client work and personal projects.

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments:

None…

iTunes Ratings

Bninne – BN Woodworks – 5 Stars – You guys are my go to woodworking podcast.  Entertaining and educational.

PyroManiacMidget – Less than 10 – 5 Stars – Really like it.  3 times the viewpoints.

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Episode 064: Get More Clients

We want to thank our top Patrons on Patreon: Jameson Elam, Stu Morrison, Scott McWilliams, Elliot Trent, Ty Moser, New England Woodworking Studio, Glen Vajcner, Adam Zawalich, Nick Hinson, and Dave Barlow!  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, a sticker, or other rewards based on the level you choose.

Thanks to Marshall Toy, Scott Haun, Sebastian Ollari, Justin Capogna, Matt Cremona, Nick Carruthers, Matt Kummell, Robert Bakie, Tim Holiner, Dave Bebee, Brodie Brickey, Modern Builds (Mike Montgomery), Eric Burke, Christopher Pickslay, JM Tosses, Terry Mulligan, Eric Schneider, Joe Pierce, Kyle Walker, Daniel Mendoza, Michael Jeffcoat, Kyle Thomas, Bruce Cooper, Steve Avery, Matthew Vitale, Matt Parker, and Alex Garcia for your support on Patreon as well.

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What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Making a bunch of reclaimed wood table tops for a restaurant.  Started on more tap handles.

Sean – The bed is done.  Starting on a pair of book cases and a barnwood mantle.

Brian – Finished a walnut extension table.  Working on the doors to match the credenzas.

Main Topic –

Guest Question: 

AJ – New projects that test skills for clients.

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments:

Johnny – Gentlemen,

Good afternoon. I’m listing to Episode 62. It’s a great discussion on potential pitfalls to be aware of.
I particularly liked the discussion of using materials provided by customers.
Regarding customer supplied materials, in addition to all of the points you brought up, you should also remember profit. I know that I figure profit as a percentage of total cost. I’m assuming this is true for most woodworkers who price their work (rather than hobbyists who guess at their pricing). This relates to customer supplied materials in that you should be making profit on the cost of the materials. Even when the customer supplies them, you should know their cost and include the profit on that cost in your price.
If you calculate overhead as a percentage of cost, it’s even more important to make sure you include the overhead on customer supplied materials. I calculate overhead based on man hours, not total cost, so I don’t have to consider this when dealing with customer supplied materials.
I hope this is helpful.
Keep up the good show.

Matt –

 

iTunes Ratings

Kash472 – Great podcast – 5 Stars – Definitely one to listen to!  Keep up the great work.

 

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Episode 062: Too Good To Be True

We want to thank our top Patrons on Patreon: Jameson Elam, Stu Morrison, Scott McWilliams, Elliot Trent, Ty Moser, New England Woodworking Studio, Glen Vajcner, Adam Zawalich, Nick Hinson, and Dave Barlow!  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, a sticker, or other rewards based on the level you choose.

Thanks to Marshall Toy, Scott Haun, Sebastian Ollari, Justin Capogna, Matt Cremona, Nick Carruthers, Matt Kummell, Robert Bakie, Tim Holiner, Dave Bebee, Brodie Brickey, Modern Builds (Mike Montgomery), Eric Burke, Christopher Pickslay, JM Tosses, Terry Mulligan, Eric Schneider, Joe Pierce, Kyle Walker, Daniel Mendoza, Michael Jeffcoat, Kyle Thomas, Bruce Cooper, Steve Avery, and Matthew Vitale for your support on Patreon as well.

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What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Returned from Iceland now on the road with a band at SXSW.

Sean – Still working on the walnut mid century modern bed  and made CareChairs, Inc. public.

Brian – Making a vanity for a client and bought a truck.

Main Topic – What is too good to be true just may be.

Guest Question: 

Ross McCormic – New safety features on old table saws.  Check out Ross on Twitter  and his website.

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments:

none…

iTunes Ratings

Kash472 – Great podcast – 5 Stars – Definitely one to listen to!  Keep up the great work.

If you have comments, questions, or suggested topics for future shows you can email us at contact@thedustylife.com.  Follow the show on Twitter and Instagram @thedustylife. You can support the show by purchasing some merchandise, clicking the donate button for a one-time donation, or by becoming a monthly patron to help us keep this bus rolling.

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Episode 060: How Do You Fix That?

We want to thank our top Patrons on Patreon: Jameson Elam, Stu Morrison, Scott McWilliams, Elliot Trent, Michael Schuler, Matt Kummell, Ty Moser, New England Woodworking Studio, Glen Vajcner, Adam Zawalich, Nick Hinson, and Dave Barlow!  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, a sticker, or other rewards based on the level you choose.

Thanks to Marshall Toy, Scott Haun, Sebastian Ollari, Justin Capogna, Matt Cremona, Nick Carruthers, Robert Bakie, Tim Holiner, Dave Bebee, Brodie Brickey, Modern Builds (Mike Montgomery), Eric Burke, Christopher Pickslay, JM Tosses, Terry Mulligan, Eric Schneider, Joe Pierce, Kyle Walker, Daniel Mendoza, Michael Jeffcoat, Kyle Thomas, Bruce Cooper, and Steve Avery for your support on Patreon as well.

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What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Guest on the Reclaimed Audio Podcast.

Sean – Still working on the walnut mid century modern bed and night stands.  Did some veneering. Released a video on flush trimming at the table saw.

Brian – Played farmer

Main Topic – What to do when things go wrong?

Guest Question: 

Keith Decent – How do we plan our builds?  Drawings/renderings/etc.?  Also, do we ever build other people’s designs?  Follow Keith on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments:

Matt – Homies! Two turning questions… I’m trying out segmented turning for the first time. It’s a really heavy investment in time… Kyle, when you stack your rings on the lathe, how long do you wait between adding layers? If you’re going to turn the pieces as you go, how long do you let the glue cure? Second, and only semi-related… is there any good use for a turning tool when it can’t be sharpened anymore? My first bowl gouge just got to the point where the sharpening jig doesn’t have enough flute to grab onto anymore… thanks fellas!!

James – Hey guys!

 I love listening to the podcast and keeping up with all your projects, keep it up!
You guys have given me inspiration to take on more and more commissions lately and that is awesome! But I’ve been finding out that people hate the word “plywood”. High quality veneered plywood is a great option, as you guys know, for keeping the price down and making stable furniture. It seems, however, that anytime I bring up using plywood in a piece, no matter how I explain it, people look at me like I’ve just insulted them!
I know that you guys use plywood in some high quality builds (Credenza/prism table) and I’m wondering how you go about discussing that with the client without scaring them off.
Whether it gets answered or not, you guys have been a huge inspiration to me, and I appreciate all of your content and advice. You’re helping out the nights and weekends folks a lot each week!
Dyami – What’s a good white stain that will still show the wood grain.
Tim – Track saw v Table saw v Bandsaw.  Which order do you buy them in as a new woodworker?
ManCrafting – Are we going to Atlanta for The Woodworking Show in April?
iTunes Ratings

Kevin Pomer – Short Review – 5 Stars – You guys are awesome!  Thanks for a great podcast!

Spencer Street – Helping Kyle Out – 5 Stars – A great podcast to listen to when you can’t be in your shop getting dusty.  Keep up the great work!

If you have comments, questions, or suggested topics for future shows you can email us at contact@thedustylife.com.  Follow the show on Twitter and Instagram @thedustylife. You can support the show by purchasing some merchandise, clicking the donate button for a one-time donation, or by becoming a monthly patron to help us keep this bus rolling.

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Episode 059: Questions and Answers

We want to thank our top Patrons on Patreon: Jameson Elam, Stu Morrison, Scott McWilliams, Elliot Trent, Michael Schuler, Matt Kummell, Ty Moser, New England Woodworking Studio, Glen Vajcner, Adam Zawalich, and Nick Hinson!  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, a sticker, or other rewards based on the level you choose.

Thanks to Marshall Toy, Scott Haun, Sebastian Ollari, Justin Capogna, Matt Cremona, Nick Carruthers, Robert Bakie, Tim Holiner, Dave Bebee, Brodie Brickey, Modern Builds (Mike Montgomery), Eric Burke, Christopher Pickslay, JM Tosses, Terry Mulligan, Eric Schneider, Joe Pierce, Kyle Walker, Daniel Mendoza, Michael Jeffcoat, Kyle Thomas, Bruce Cooper, and Steve Avery for your support on Patreon as well.

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What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Finished the graffiti table.  Finished the wenge ring base.  New base for the knot.  Worked on the Flower of Life table.  Going to shoot a video at the YouTube Space.

Sean – Still working on the walnut mid century modern bed and night stands.  Played with the Festool PRO 5 sander.  Nonprofit Organization papers sent to the Sec. of State.

Brian – Delivered the Prism table and made a video.  Guest on Woodshop 101.

Main Topic – Q & A with each other and from Twitter

Guest Question: 

Tim Webster – What are our thoughts on a multi purpose shop, e.g. woodshop, metal shop, welding, 3D printing, CNC, laser cutters, etc.  Follow Tim on Instagram.

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments:

Matt – Guys – Great podcast as always.  This podcast is one of my favorites.  I listened to podcast #58, about how to  price your work for the local market.  One approach that you didn’t discuss is “value-based” pricing.  In b-school they taught us there are basically two approaches to pricing:  1) cost plus (labor + materials + mark-up), and 2) value based pricing or what is the value created for the consumer.

There is a good book called “Make Art Make Money”, https://www.amazon.com/Make-Art-Money-Lessons-Creative-ebook/dp/B00EVAAE6A and another good book called “The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World” (https://www.amazon.com/Gift-Creativity-Artist-Modern-World/dp/0307279502) with the thesis of each book trying to explain the economics of selling art and how artists often sell their pieces of work for less than it truly costs and therefore are giving gifts to their buyers.    The first book basically explains what is somewhat intuitive after you read it, but that you can never really sell one-of-a-kind pieces using the cost-plus approach to pricing as it will wind up being to expensive and therefore if you plan to make money you need to plan on making replicas of it to allow you to amortize your design and tooling costs over multiple pieces.
So I would suggest that another approach to pricing to consider is the value based pricing.  When a customer asks you to build a custom piece of furniture, do some market research to see what it would cost them to buy something similar retail that is non-custom.  That should set the floor for what you should price your custom piece due to the substitution effect.  From there you can adjust the price upward based upon the additional value created through the handcrafted process.  Market and position your work more like art and less like a commodity and you should be able to get better margins.
Easier said than done, as people are often price sensitive.
Anyway, great show and my $.02 on pricing
Matt from Team Puffball of Puffball Designs

Bruce Cooper – Hey guys,

The 16×9 shop is a palace compared to my 52 square foot shop. I get by with pretty much only hand tools and a hand held router. I am able to make table top projects and some wood carvings but I am looking at making a coffee table for the house. I am very limited with floor space so all my tools have a home mounted on the wall or in my cabinet.  If I need any larger material cut I can use my back yard or I get the lumber yard to cut it to size. The back yard is hard to use in Canada so for 6 months of the year if it doesn’t fit in my shop I have to wait. I also wait until spring for finishing so I can do it outside unless I have a Christmas present, then the bathroom with the vent is my substitute. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
Check it out here.
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iTunes Ratings

MasterOfNone.tv – fun to listen even if you are allergic to dust – 5 Stars – I just finished binge listening to all 57 episodes and installed iTunes on my computer just to leave a review, that’s how fun this podcast is.  What are you waiting for?  Hit that subscribe button.  Utkan, Master of None (from the YouTubes)

If you have comments, questions, or suggested topics for future shows you can email us at contact@thedustylife.com.  Follow the show on Twitter and Instagram @thedustylife. You can support the show by purchasing some merchandise, clicking the donate button for a one-time donation, or by becoming a monthly patron to help us keep this bus rolling.

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