Episode 023: Building Your Dream Shop

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What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – The Torus won second at the Del Mar Fair Design in Wood.  Turned 120 tap handles, made a bar in the show room.

Sean – Headboard is almost finished.  Make it Forward project has been shipped and the video released (below).  Made a point tool for turning.  Got a load of sweet gum from Bob.  Made a handle for the saw handle makers rasp.  Modeled and made plans available for a  Kids Nicholson Bench and the Nicholson Bench he will make during the Bench Build Off.

Brian – Gave away a ton of scrap wood to make space for the new lumber purchase for the commissions.  Finished the rustic bar top.  Waiting for a stain choice.  Hung the air cleaner.  A friend stopped by and turned a small baseball bat.  Made some diamond plates for the WorkSharp 3000.

Ryan Smith – House projects.  Follow Ryan Smith on Twitter, Instagram,

Main Topic – Setting up shop for the first time.  What is needed and where do things go?

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

Johnny Tromboukis calls in to discuss the email below.  Check out Johnny’s Etsy store, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter.

Email/Comments:

Johnny Tromboukis – Hey fellow dusty people!

I recently got commissioned to make some table caddies (the thing that holds all the condiments on a table at a restaurant). I have a unique design where each item has a specific home. I have to drill 4 different sized holes ranging from 1 1/2″ – 2 1/4″ an inch deep in cherry. Even with the 1 1/2″ forstner bit on the slowest speed on my drill press (250 rpm) it gets really hot after drilling just one hole. If I were making a couple of these, it wouldn’t be a problem but I have to make 35 of them and drill 140 holes. Is there something I’m doing wrong??

Thanks guys. Love the show
Johnny Tromboukis

Tom Balzamo – Hey guys! I’m pretty new to the podcast. Good stuff, fellas! I just listened to episode 10 where Kyle suggested using a card scraper inside a bowl at low rpm. I would never question the turning expertise of THE Kyle Toth, seriously, but I actually did use a card scraper inside a segmented bowl back in 2007 or 2008 and almost lost my thumb.

I have the same lathe as Kyle and was making a 14 inch maple and walnut segmented bowl. I was using the scraper inside the bowl with the lathe at the lowest rpm, when a one-in-a-million thing happened. The scraper was just at the right angle inside to where it was able to wedge itself in the very bottom of the bowl in the area where the bottom of the bowl slopes up to the side wall. I still can’t figure out how it fit like that. Instantly, it became a propeller, and my hand was in it! Even at the low rpm it was enough to lay open a sizable portion of the back of my thumb down to the bone.

It was an unusual enough injury that Woodcraft Magazine published it in their workshop mishaps column. I always wanted to have my work published in a magazine, but this wasn’t quite how I saw it going in my mind. At least for using the story I got a free Leigh dovetail jig out of it. I know the odds of that happening to anyone again are probably pretty slim, but thought I’d come forward as living proof that bowl turning can and sometimes does give birth to the weird and inexplicable. Turn safe, my friends. Anyways, keep up the good work guys!

 Blessings!
Thomas Balzamo
Twitter @tbalzamo
 iTunes Ratings

Donnie Carter – 5 Stars – Awesome Podcast – Down to earth usable info!  Three talented guys that know what they are talking about!  Most of the time anyways!  A really awesome Podcast!

Jnieto19 – 5 Stars – Total Awesomeness –  Well I could crap all over the show and have Toth Toth read it like his latest video…but no, Ya’ll guys rock!  Love hearing each episode on my long drive to work.  And yes, having the callers does make you different from everyone else.  It’s great hearing Ya’ll take the time to get to know and work with all the rest of us makers and woodworkers!

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 022: Shop Bread and Butter

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What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Del Mar Fair pieces on exhibit in Design in Wood and won a prize, 120 tap handles for Refuge, made a tv shelf, Band and balloon artist showed at the shop.  Made a video reading bad comments on YouTube.

Sean – Finished the Make it Forward project.  Finished the joinery for the headboard frame, panel, and crest rail.  Released a bandsaw blade upgrade video.  Designed a kids Nicholson bench in SketchUp and posted plans for the saw bench.

Brian – Posted a video on restoring a Stanley #93 shoulder plane (Brian Prusa) and applied the finish to the hall table, still waiting on the paint. commissioned to make a bar top, 2 credenzas and a dining table.

Main Topic – What’s our best seller?

Kyle – Best sellers: Turned tap handles and the Leopard Series pieces

Lessons learned: Client pricing and personal projects

Sean – Best sellers: Pens

Lessons learned: First time project pricing.

Brian – Best sellers: Tables

Lessons learned:  Better duplication process

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

Donnie Carter – Donnie is new to wood turning and wanted to know how to design and prepare discs for segmented turning, where to find clients, and what we would change if we new 4 years ago what we know now.   Follow him on Twitter, Instagram, his website, and YouTube channel.

Email/Comments:

None…

 iTunes Ratings

Stonewallmike82 – 5 Stars – Great Show – These guys are super knowledgeable and super entertaining!  There aren’t a lot of topic driven podcasts that are enjoyable when they veer off topic, but these guys are a ton of fun to listen to no matter what they are talking about!

El.Duderino219 – 5 Stars – Great Podcast! –  One of the best maker podcasts out there!  They do a great job providing tips and useful information in addition to their great banter.  Best part is how close and accessible they are to their fans!  The whole explicit thing seems silly on iTunes’ part, can’t remember the last time I’ve heard them say anything you wouldn’t hear on prime time TV.

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 021: So You Bought a Lathe…

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What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Finished 30+ tap handles, worked on the Leopard back splash for a bar, finished vase 95 and the video.  Started more tap handles for refuge.

Sean – Made a chisel mallet (video below), worked on the bed, and the Make it Forward Project.  It is official: seanrubino.com is the new domain redirect for spunjinworks.com.

Brian – Twiddled his thumbs and a client brought material for a bar top.

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Scott Haun – Just got a lathe.  Finished a concrete end table commission.  Follow Scott on Twitter, Instagram, his YouTube channel, and visit his website.

Wolverine Grinding Jig

Ron Brown’s Grinding System

Main Topic – What to look for in a lathe as a new wood turner.

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

None…

Email/Comments:

Trevor Hillman – I am a few weeks behind, but I am enjoying your podcast. It might be the audio player but sound quality is sometimes an issue, that or Kyle needs to get a new mic. In all seriousness though, wanted to recommend the Gramercy rasps over at tools for working wood. I really enjoy mine and you can also get a saw makers rasp over there as well, great stuff. Keep up the great show.

Nick – Guys, I’m enjoying the podcast – I like the unique aspects that separate it from the other podcasts out there and make it a great contribution to the community.

Re: the bench build off, I recently finished my split top Roubo.  I made a dorky video with a few additions to the top flattening process using a router sled.
Here’s the link:
Thanks, and keep up the good work.
Nick

iTunes Ratings

RWKUSTOMS – 5 Stars – Amazing Podcast – Definitely check these guys out!  Very inspiring and professional podcast.  I just got my Dusty Life T-Shirt in the mail and I’m happy to support the show.  Keep up the good work!

Speedy’s Woodshop – 5 Stars – Great Stuff! –  As a fellow woodworker/maker there is nothing better than to listen to people deal with the same issues you do.  There is something to learn from this podcast.  Great job, Guys! -Speedy

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 020: Schedule Schematic

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What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Finished vase 95 and published a video showing how the segments are cut.  Made more tap handles for Network Brewery.

Sean – Finished the saw bench and refurbished the eBay 12″ Tenon Saw and wrote an article found here.

Brian – Assembled the drawers and fit them into the hall table.  Stained the fronts and the top.

Main Topic – What the Day-to-Day grind really looks like.

Kyle – Morning errands and meetings on Mondays followed by work at the shop in the late morning to midnight.

Sean – Mine’s totally different, I don’t have a full time job.  I do stuff with the kids and have dinner, kids are in bed by 7:30 and I am in the shop at 8:30-9 until 12-1.  6 days/week.

Brian – Mine’s totally different, I have a full time job.  I do stuff with the kids and have dinner, kids are in bed by 7:30.  Client work dictates frequency and intensity of work

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

Garth Schafer – Garth’s comment from last week:

Hi Guys, Great podcast!  I rarely speak up but this time I couldn’t keep my mouth shut.  I did a little video for you to let you know my viewpoint. https://youtu.be/_Ndbp4aQW-w

Please forgive the rough presentation, it was once through, no rehearsal, just had to get the thoughts out.

(Bench Build-off) I think it’s a great idea for the podcast and I am actually at the start of a Split Top Roubo build myself.

Regards, Garth Schafer, Time Warp Tool Works

Braxton Wirthlin – How do you price and market turned pieces?  Follow him on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, subscribe to his YouTube channel, and visit his website.

Email/Comments:

Marc SchaefermeyerThanks for the help last episode on the planner! Waxed my bed and rotated my blades. The pieces being planned are gliding through it and coming out beautiful. Now I’m on to building a better dust collector for it, thanks to Sean for the picture of his planner.
Great episode on YouTube and making money. I just had this conversation with my wife about a month ago on the fact that this “Hobby” has actually paid for it’s perpetuation. Fun to hear I’m not alone in that thinking.
Keep at it guys!

Davis Faris – Matthias Wandel discussed in a video the subject of planer snipe on small thickness planers. Worth checking out.

Take care guys and have a great week!


iTunes Ratings

None…

 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 019: YouTube. Is It Worth It?

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What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Turned vase 95. Tap handles for a brewery in Hesperia and Anaheim. Article in Emboss Magazine.

Sean – Worked on the leg assemblies for the saw bench (mortises, tenons, drawbore holes & pegs, and dovetails).  The Make It Forward project arrived Friday.  A box of bowl blanks from Matt Cremona showed up Monday.

Brian – Planed the top for the hall table.  Spent the weekend in Snow Hill, MD at the family’s future home.  The shop is nice!

Main Topic – Does YouTube pay enough to make the time worth it?

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

Bill Livolsi – Wants to know how to source green wood for turning in the desert.  Follow him on Twitter, Instagram, and check out his YouTube channel.  Check out Cactus Workshop on YouTube.

Michael Schuler – Wants Brian’s thoughts on the Incra Table Saw Fence System.

Email/Comments:

Matt Thayer – Hey guys, love the show.  Helps me at work get through stacking cordwood and unloading and loading hay bales.  Anyways, regarding episode 18, I was just curious if you have ever watched Louis Sauzedde from the Tips From a Shipwright channel on YouTube.  He has a lot of cool woodworking tips though his channel and thought you guys would be interested.  He is also affiliated with the school I am going to in September called the International Yacht Restoration School In Newport Rhode Island.  This is by no means an endorsement, just passing along a cool channel for you guys to watch.  Okay if this gets any longer you wont read it on the podcast. Thanks!!

Sterling Davis –Hi Guys, enjoyed the last episode, I just got the Dewalt Lunch box planner, and got a lot of great info from it.  My question is on turning, I have been trying to turn live edge bowls, and I seem to get a lot of cracking, I even had on explode on the lathe, and I can’t find anything on bowl blanks, as far as milling, dry time, grain patterns, etc.  I would like to know more on the correct turning pattern, dry times, green turning, pith cracking, and any other tips that come up with the subject.  Thanks for the content you provide on all 3 channels and the Podcast, great information, and Kyle, hope your situation has improved, you been looking rough lately, been worried about you. 🙂 All The Best.

Check out Wyoming Woodturner on YouTube.

James Wright – Another great show!  Thanks for the shout out.  I love the idea for a bench build off.  I am going to be building another one here soon and would love to have more working along side of others.

iTunes Ratings

Jon Ficke – 5 Stars – Great, informative, podcast. – The only thing that might have stood in the way of a 5 star review is that they let me be on it…twice.  In all honesty it is great that they are so accessible and interact with their listeners.

 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 018: What Do We Watch?

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What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Turned vase 95. Made some Tap Handles.  Filmed a video for TurboTax.  Made a video on making riser blocks for the lathe head and tail stocks.

Sean – Pattern routed one side of the headboard crest rail.  Finished the turning saw.  Cut some dovetails and worked on cleaning up an old back saw.  Made a glow stick lightsaber handle for a friend’s daughter and released the video.   

 

Brian – Practiced a small segmented turned bowl.  Got a commission for a huge Padauk slab coffee table, worked on cleaning up the hall table in preparation for stain and finish.

Main Topic – What do we watch, read, and listen to in order to gain knowledge or pass the time.  Links to the following sources we mentioned are below.

Sean – YouTube: Paul Sellers, Graham Haydon, Nick Ferry, and Brian Noel.

Books: Workbenches from Design & Theory to Construction & Use by Christopher Schwarz

Kyle – YouTube: Jay Bates

Podcasts: Planet Money, Ted Radio Hour, and Song Exploder.

Audio books: When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead by Jerry Weintraub, Rich Cohen, George Clooney (foreword)

Brian – YouTube: Jimmy DiResta, Bob Clagett, David Picciuto, David Waelder, John Heisz, Laura Kampf, Rod Reyes, Marc Spagnuolo, James Wright, Matthias Wandel, Collin Furze.

Podcasts: Smart Passive Income, and other woodworking podcasts

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions

Rian Corcoran – How to mitigate snipe on smaller lunchbox planers?  Follow him on Twitter, Instagram, and check out his Etsy store.

Email/Comments

Stu Morrison – Hey guys,
What are your views on CNC routers in traditional wood shops and would you consider this kind of tool (CNC router/ laser) to be a help or a hindrance to your work flow?  I have been binge listening to the show over the past few days and I’m hearing at least one thing during each show that makes me want to go check out what you’re doing on each of your individual pages.  Think there might be a collective Facebook page for the show where I could look at all of it at once in the future?

Davis Farris – Hey Sean, Kyle, and Brian,
I love listening to the show.  Great content and I always seem to learn something.
I have a question for Brian.  Where’s the complete guitar?!?!  I’m dying.  I mean, I that’s how I found you in YouTube, looking for guitar builds, and I was so excited.  Then, I was let down.  Alright, alright, alright, maybe I’ve gone overboard.  But seriously, I’d like to even see some shots of the finished product if video is out of the question.  If Brian didn’t mention the harbor freight rasps I probably would have forgot.
Regardless, I’ll still watch and follow each of you and continue listening to The Dusty Life. Keep on living the dusty life!

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iTunes Ratings

Ms0099rg – 5 Stars – Holy Balls!! Great Podcast! –  Holy Balls!! Kyle, how did I not know about this podcast until recently!!  These guys are great.  You get the best of all stages of woodworking.  Hobbyist, part-time, to full-time.  Guys, keep up the great work!  So much to learn from these guys.  Thanks for this fun/knowledgeable podcast!  Matt Sosnowski

ZeroThreeQuarter – 5 Stars – Best New Woodworking Podcast Bar None – Seems a crop of woodworking podcasts have launched as of late, The Dusty Life is bar none the best of them lately!  Great hosts, not a lot of wandering/going off topic, solid topics, great pointers, info, and a variety of opinions.  Keep up the good work!  This is definitely a podcast I look forward to on a weekly basis.  ZeroThreeQuarter

 If you have comments, questions, or suggested topics for future shows you can email us at contact@thedustylife.com.  Follow the show on Twitter @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 017: The Joinery Juxtaposition

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What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Turned vase 95. Turned some coffee mugs for the store.  Filmed a video for TurboTax.

Sean – Procrastinated on making the headboard.  Worked on the turning saw side project by turning the handle, knob (both Kamani), and the toggle (Tiger Maple).  Cut some dovetails and cleaned up a cheap smoothing plane.

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Brian – Helped a friend with garage storage.  Resawed the drawer bottoms for the hall table which led to resaw photo ops.

Main Topic – Breadboard ends.  Revisiting Marshall’s table build and how he could have improved the construction of the breadboard ends.

Listener emails/questions

Guest Questions

Jonathan Ficke – What finish to use on knife handles?  Check out his blog at warriorwoodwork.blogspot.com and on Twitter.

Email

Tate Brown – Hey, guys.  I’m loving the show, but wanted to see if you’ve thought about making it available to the Stitcher website and app.  It allows streaming of podcasts and is easier to manage than the podcasts app on the iPhone.  I’ll keep listening either way, but I wanted to ask.  Keep up the good work!

Thanks,
Tate Brown
@bluecollardreams on Instagram

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iTunes Ratings

TreyStegall – 5 Stars – Woodworkers will love this podcast –  This has quickly become one of the best woodworking podcasts available.  All 3 guys are knowledgeable, laid back, and easy to listen to.

MWBMORLEY – 5 Stars – A Wealth of Knowledge Here – Another great podcast to fill my shop as I strive to be as half as good as these guys!  Thanks for putting on a great show guys.  Michael at Deacon Woodworks.

 If you have comments, questions, or suggested topics for future shows you can email us at contact@thedustylife.com.  Follow the show on Twitter @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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