Episode 030: The Point of No Return

We want to thank our top Patrons, Tracy Alexander, Stu Morrison, Scott McWilliams, Elliot Trent, Michael Schuler, and Matt Kummell!  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 with us where we cut up and talk shop.

Thanks to Marshall Toy, Scott Haun, Sebastian Ollari, Justin Capogna, and Matt Cremona for your support on Patreon as well.

Guy Dunlap is offering a chisel cabinet in a giveaway.

Check out the new page for the Bench Build-Off kicking off August 28th – September 18th.

What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Working on the trains, landed a commission for an oval pedestal table.

Sean – Finished the bed!  Planning a segmented vase for a friend.  Designed a stool for an upcoming project, plans available with a minimal donation for a limited time as preparations to film and build are being made.  Finished hanging soundboard and drywall in furnace closet.

Brian – Walnut door is out and at the client’s house.  Working on the credenza doors and drawers, potentially got a commission for a trestle table.

Main Topic – The Point of No Return.  When we realized we would be doing this forever.

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

David Lenz – David asks about painting furniture pieces and how to finish painted pieces.  Follow David on Twitter, Facebook, and check out his website.

Email/Comments:

Jeremy – Good show guys, good to know I’m not the only one struggling with the work-life-woodworking (or my phone) balance.
Question on your bench build:  Is this meant to be start-to-finished within that time-line, or just finishing?  I have been on-again-off-again working on a bench for a while, and could probably finish it up in that time frame.
Thanks

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Episode 029: The Designer Craftsman Transformation

We want to thank our top Patrons, Tracy Alexander, Stu Morrison, Scott McWilliams, Elliot Trent, Michael Schuler, and Matt Kummell!  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 with us where we cut up and talk shop.

Thanks to Marshall Toy, Scott Haun, Sebastian Ollari, Justin Capogna, and Matt Cremona for your support on Patreon as well.

Thank you to our donors, Eric Burke, Howard Frischman, and Christopher Miller for your one time donations.

Guy Dunlap is offering a chisel cabinet in a giveaway.

Check out the new page for the Bench Build-Off kicking off August 28th – September 18th.

What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Hit 35K on YouTube, picked up some white oak for the Disneyland Trains and Honduras Mahogany for the Lilly Belle Train, made some tap handles, made the table legs with leo print.

Sean – Made the rails for the bed, anchored the AC unit, and wired the junction box in the attic, turned a couple small things.

Brian –Made a walnut barn door for a client, video on the entry table, plugged away at the credenzas.

Main Topic – The transformation from production woodworker to designer craftsman

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

Brad Rodriguez – How to finish a difficult piece with shellac?  What is/are your favorite tool(s) that is sentimental to us?  Follow him on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, check out his website, and his YouTube channel.  Here is the box he made in reference to his question.

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Email/Comments:

Jonathan Ficke –Gentlemen,

I fell behind and am getting caught up on the casts. I just listened to Episode 23, where you talk about how you would set up a shop if you were building from the ground up.
 
I had a thought that might be helpful for dust collection. If I ever get to build, I’d like to run PVC along the rafters down the center line of the shop and cut in 45 degree junction points every so often to provide access lines down to machines. Cut in the T-shaped connectors to provide branch lines that can go over to the walls. Cap off lines that aren’t in use, and then you can open them up for expand-ability if you acquire a new machine.
 
The other thing I would do is run electrical to the ceiling and put some extension cords on reels that you can pull down in a few places. My uncle has those in his shop, and not having to wrangle cords around machines and such is nice.
 
Keep up the good work guys,
 
Jon Ficke

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Episode 028: Life Management

We want to thank our top Patrons, Tracy Alexander, Stu Morrison, Scott McWilliams, Elliot Trent, Michael Schuler, and Matt Kummell!  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 monthly group or individual hangout with us.

Thanks to Marshall Toy, Scott Haun, Sebastian Ollari, Justin Capogna, and Matt Cremona for your support on Patreon as well.

Check out the new page for the Bench Build-Off kicking off August 28th – September 18th.

What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle –  Finished the 96th Vase, got the DisneyLand Commission for the trains, sold another piece from the Del Mar fair.,.

Sean – Glued up the headboard and applied a finish, worked on AC installation, and turned a small lidded box for his Daughter.

Brian – Remodeled his house and painted the hall table.

Main Topic – How to manage your woodworking extracurriculars.

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

Eric Burke – Asks Kyle how to clean glue squeeze out from the inside of small boxes.  Follow Eric on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Email/Comments:

Adam Beasley – Hey fellas!  I love the show!

I actually tapped into the Rubino Woodworker’s & Website Resource Clinic a few months ago not even realizing you all had this Dusty Life empire going.  I sort of lucked into having Sean as a resource because of a mutual friend we have from back home.  With a ton of great advice, I’ve been able to launch a website, become extremely active on social media, buy a Go-Pro to video my work (a la Toth) and now have a growing list of commissions I’m happily struggling to keep up with.
So here’s my question, with all of this business coming my way, I’m obviously getting the itch to drop everything with my full-time job and pursue full-time custom woodworking.  Don’t worry, I’m not going to jump just yet.  But did you all experience an early surge of business for commissions and then have it taper off?  If so, how did you get through that?  What’s a reasonable amount of time to get consistent commissions before you realize this is sustainable?  I got a big break with a reception desk at a fitness studio (https://www.instagram.com/p/BGkblWYmgxA/?taken-by=lazyguydiy) and now I’ve got enough referral work be it residential or retail furniture to last me throughout the year.  I’d hate to start making long term plans and then find out I’m a short term success. What’s funny though is my priority was always the DIY website and then all the commission requests started coming in because of it.  Consider the priority scales tipped in favor of woodworking.
Thanks fellas!
Adam in the RVA
Instagram & Twitter:  @LazyGuyDIY
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Episode 027: Getting Started in Woodworking

We want to thank our top Patrons, Tracy Alexander, Stu Morrison, Scott McWilliams, Elliot Trent, Michael Schuler, and Matt Kummell!  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 monthly group or individual hangout with us.

Thanks to Marshall Toy, Scott Haun, Sebastian Ollari, Justin Capogna, and Matt Cremona for your support on Patreon as well.

Check out the new page for the Bench Build-Off kicking off August 28th – September 18th.

What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle –  Finished the 96th vase and made a sliding bookcase/door.

Sean – Glued up the headboard panel for the bed, made a small hollowing tool for the lathe, and worked on the shop AC installation process.

Brian – Progress on the credenzas and the dust frames for the drawers.  Painted the Hall Table.

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Main Topic – Getting started in woodworking.

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

Ty Moser – What’s your favorite cookie, what are your working extremes, what is Kyle going to do when he finishes his 100th vase?  Follow Ty by going to his website, check him out on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

Email/Comments:

None…

 iTunes Ratings

Hi There Hello Hi – 5 Stars – Hello – I like this podcast.  This review is only 10 words.

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 a t-shirt, clicking the donate button for a one-time donation, or become a patron to help us keep this bus rolling.

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Episode 026: The Process Evolution

We want to thank our top Patrons, Tracy Alexander, Stu Morrison, Scott McWilliams, Elliot Trent, Michael Schuler, and Matt Kummell!  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 monthly group or individual hangout with us.

Thanks to Marshall Toy, Scott Haun, and Sebastian Ollari for your support on Patreon as well.

Check out the new page for the Bench Build-Off kicking off August 28th – September 18th.

What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle –  Took a break from the dining table.  Finished a leo print shoe box for himself.  Started the 96th vase.  Turned a bowl for a client in Sweden.  Finished the Make It Forward project and shipped it to the next craftsman. 

Sean – Made 30 bird houses for my church’s kids’ summer program (my shaggy headed 3 year-old son pictured below) and insulated the garage door.  Video with my 6 year-old son, Vinny, building his workbench.

Brian – Hurt his wrist.  Bought some stuff for the Work Sharp. -C0hOqkP.jpg_large

Main Topic – Our most/least enjoyable process.

Here is a video Sean referenced.

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

Elliot Trent – What would you build with a class? Follow him on Instagram.

Email/Comments:

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 iTunes Ratings

G3nesha – 5 Stars – Great Show! – These guys are fun, entertaining, and educational!

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 a t-shirt, clicking the donate button for a one-time donation, or become a patron to help us keep this bus rolling.

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Episode 025: Woodworking Dreams

We want to thank our top Patrons, Tracy Alexander, Stu Morrison, Scott McWilliams, Elliot Trent, Michael Schuler, and Matt Kummell!  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 monthly group or individual hangout with us.

Thanks to Marshall Toy, Scott Haun, and Sebastian Ollari for your support on Patreon as well.

Check out the new page for the Bench Build-Off kicking off soon.

What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle –  Dovetailed the table legs, made some coffee tumblers, and Michael Morley in the shop for a visit.

Sean –  Made a scratch stock (video below), refinished the panel for the bed, refined the shape of the crest rail, made a few bird houses, and built the kids Nicholson bench with his oldest son, Vinny. 

Brian –  Went to the National Maker Faire in D.C..  Made progress on the credenzas.

Main Topic – Our most/least enjoyable process.

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

Tom Balzamo – Asks about repairing the lead screw on an auger bit. Check Tom out on YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter.

Email/Comments:

Neil Dorin – I’ve been binge listening to the podcast over the last few weeks to catch up since I just discovered it recently.  Love the podcast.  I love how relaxed you all are and how you’re all so willing to share your triumphs and mistakes!

So I recently built a farmhouse style kitchen table and bench for my cousin and her husband (photos attached).
I actually used Brian’s YouTube video on attaching breadboard ends with a Festool Domino and it worked fantastically.  However, once the breadboards were installed I ran into an annoying problem that I’m wondering if any of you have a solution for.  (To be honest I was listening to the podcast while building the table, but hadn’t put two and two together that Brain from the podcast was the same Brian from the YouTube breadboard video until I listened to the breadboard episode last night!)
I hate sanding and prefer to use hand planes/card scrapers to get a finished surface wherever possible.  When I built the panel top for the table, I used dominos to align the boards and it was so flat I was able to quickly scrape the glue lines and then use my Veritas low angle block plane with handle/tote accessory (basically it’s a #3 smoother) to smooth the top and it worked incredibly well.  I planed the breadboard ends smooth as well, but of course once they were installed there was slight variance in alignment between the panel and the breadboard end along the joint.  Because that joint has grain perpendicular on the panel to that of the breadboard, planing or scraping it is virtually impossible without running a blade across a board perpendicular to the grain which obviously causes some tear out :/

Any tips or tricks other than busting out the orbital sander (which is what I ended up doing)?

Shane Smith – I love using the bandsaw for everything, but the only one I have now is an ancient Craftsman 10″ three-wheeled one.  I would love to get a larger one with a fence and the ability to use blades past the Craftsmans’ 1/4″ max.  What would you recommend for someone on a budget?  Let’s say, $500 for example (no idea if that is reasonable or not). Advantages and disadvantages at various price points?

Keep up the great work on and off the air guys!
Shane Smith
 iTunes Ratings

CardsFan_270 – 5 Stars – Real Dudes. Real Talk. – As a woodworker, start here.  Brian, Sean, and that other dude give honest, down-to-earth takes on woodworking in 2016.  Not just how to make stuff, but how to approach being a maker and woodworker.  Do yourself a favor and go listen.  Then, when you are done, go support them on Patreon.

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 a t-shirt, clicking the donate button for a one-time donation, or become a patron to help us keep this bus rolling.

Check out our individual websites (mccauleysdesign.com, woodbytoth.com, and seanrubino.com), social media platforms, and YouTube channels, subscribe, and spread the word to friends, family, and coworkers.

Also, consider subscribing to The Dusty Life Podcast through iTunes, Soundcloud, Google Play, or the click the RSS on our homepage at thedustylife.com and please leave us a rating as it helps climb the ever growing podcast charts.

Episode 024: Frustrations and Mistakes

We want to thank our top Patrons, Tracy Alexander, Stu Morrison, Scott McWilliams, Elliot Trent, Michael Schuler, and Matt Kummell!  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, monthly group or individual hangout with us.  A good time had by all.

Thanks to Marshall Toy, Scott Haun, and Sebastian Ollari for your support on Patreon as well.

Check out the new page for the Bench Build-Off kicking off soon.

What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Worked on an Ash Dining table and took a break in Mexico.  An interior shot of the finished Sprinter Van.

Sean –  Started finishing the headboard panel to prepare for the assembly.  Made the point tool video and a new handle for my old carving parting tool.  Published plans for the full size Nicholson bench.  Replaced the old foam weather stripping around the garage door with vinyl weather stripping as part of the preparation for shop AC (blog series).

Brian – Finished the reclaimed wood bar top.  Started on the credenzas by gluing up the walnut panels.

Main Topic – Dealing with Mistakes and Frustration

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

Mike Powers – How do we learn new techniques?  Classes, YouTube, or just try them out? Follow Mike on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and visit his website.

Email/Comments:

Leigh Jordan – Hay guys I love the show.  I have a couple business questions for. When you started investing in your shop outside of using your own money or or using money from commissions did you ever consider business loans?  If you did is it worth it?  My only other question is if you have ever taken any business classes?  I’m just getting my shop set up now and I’m only hoping to supplement my income with it (knock on wood).  Thanks again!

Leigh Jordan

 iTunes Ratings

 AJ5382- 5 Stars – Toth for President! – If you are a woodworker and don’t listen to this podcast, you must be a Trump supporter, because you’re stupid.  I don’t know much about Brian and Sean but I have been a fan of Kyle for a long time.  I’ve learned plenty from listening to you guys and any woodworker would.  Thank you for the content you 3 put out.  As a guy who just quit his job to start a woodworking business (New England Woodworking Studio) I need all the tips I can get.  I can’t wait for my shirt to come so I can rock it at WIA.  Oh, and Kyle, my bad for making you read this long review.  I’m dyslexic and hate reading out loud.  Later, AJ DeSantis New England Woodworking Studio

Non iTunes Rating

Dave Pollata – I get your podcast thru my smartphone podcast player so I don’t use iTunes.  However, I’ll give you my review here.  I’m glad you guys joined the podcast world.  I’ve had a smartphone for just over a year and I am a podcast junkie – primarily woodworking and making.  You guys make yourselves real with the way you deliver the info and talk like a bunch of guys out having a beer.  I love it!  I also love Kyle’s sharing of his negative feedback.  I love his work, his video style and especially the way he down plays the immense volume of work he cranks out.

Thanks for a great show!

Dave Pollatta

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 a t-shirt, clicking the donate button for a one-time donation, or become a patron to help us keep this bus rolling.

Check out our individual websites (mccauleysdesign.com, woodbytoth.com, and seanrubino.com), social media platforms, and YouTube channels, subscribe, and spread the word to friends, family, and coworkers.

Also, consider subscribing to The Dusty Life Podcast through iTunes, Soundcloud, Google Play, or the click the RSS on our homepage at thedustylife.com and please leave us a rating as it helps climb the ever growing podcast charts.