Episode 005: We’ve Got Wood

Whats Going on in the Shop

Kyle – Pedestal Table Video and Sprinter Van.

Sean – Working on the main inlay on the headboard panel…still, and starting on the rails.

Brian – Cutting Dovetails and installing a clients bar top.

Main Topic: Lumber!  Where we buy it, how we choose it, where we store it.

Listener Emails/Questions

Email from Marty about cambered chisels and plane irons from Episode 004:

Hey guys. I’ve been enjoying your new podcasts and look forward to future episodes.

I wanted to offer a rebuttal to the suggestion that cambered blades have no place in woodworking. For many years I used waterstones and diamond plates in combination with guides (love the Veritas MK II) to sharpen my blades. Then a few years ago Paul Sellers turned me on to cambered sharpening, sans the guides. I haven’t looked back. All of my plane irons and chisels now have cambered edges. I can now freehand sharpen with my diamond plates and finish with the leather strop. Insane sharpness and very fast.

Until the last 50 years or so, I think most tools were sharpened with a cambered edge. I recently read Virtuoso: The Tool Cabinet and Workbench of Henry O. Studley. In the section where the condition of the various blades were discussed, turns out the edges were cambered.

If you’re so inclined, give it some serious consideration. You may be pleasantly surprised.

Marty Backe
Downey California

Braxon Wirthlin calls in to ask about itemizing a customer’s invoice.  Check him out at braxtonwirthlin.com.

Matt Cremona calls in to ask if we have any unique quirks that we do in our shops during the work flow.  Check him out at mattcremona.com.

iTunes Ratings

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C-Pad1615 – 5 stars: I really enjoyed the first couple of episodes.  It’s a little rough around the edges right now as far as sound quality and how natural these guys transition into things but all that will probably improve with time and the content is great.  I will definitely continue to listen.  Keep it up fellas!

Diyfan – 5 Stars: Great to have another podcast devoted to woodworking.  These guys have great tips and ideas.

If you have comments, questions, or topic suggestions you can email us at contact@thedustylife.com.

If you enjoyed listening to this podcast you can find more information about each of us and the show notes at thedustylife.com.  Also, head over to our individual websites, social media platforms, and YouTube channels and subscribe.  It’s free, why not!

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Episode 004: Sharpening!

Whats Going on in the Shop

Kyle – Sprinter Van Cabinetry

Sean – Finished the Art Piece and started work on the main inlay on the headboard panel.  TDL website now has RSS feed thanks to Tim Babb, The Woodworking Maniak, and it is easier to navigate.  Spunjinworks.com has a more streamlined sidebar.  Visit his site at woodworkingmaniak.com.

Brian – Butterfly Leaf Table joinery and a dovetailed box.

 

Main Topic

Sharpening! What do we use to sharpen, what is the easiest way to get tools sharp fast, using strops, and more.

Listener Questions!

Dyami asks about pricing our work. penultimatwoodshop.com and @DyamiPlotke on Twitter

Jason wants to know what we use in the shop for listening to podcasts, music, etc. willhoitedesigns.com and @willhoitedesign on Twitter.  Sean suggests using the Outdoor Tech Adapt as a wireless bluetooth device paired with these headphones and a connector.  These are affiliate links so shop freely.

Josh wants to know about pricing projects for clients. @BartleyWoodwork on Twitter

Jenna asks about metal inlay and how it affects wood movement. Kyle shares photos of his previous work with metal banding.

iTunes Ratings

Soulhydration – 3 stars: Good topics and getting started on the right foot.  This would have been a 5 star rating but it was a bit disappointing to see the explicit rating. Really, the foul language is distracting and makes hard to listen with the kids around or at work.  At the end of the day I think the explicit rating will turn many potential listeners away.

Rvicic – 5 Stars: I found you guys through Wood Talk, and so far I agree with Shannon, it’s pretty good.  In the second episode there is a 5 minute dead spot right at the end, and the  first two episodes had some bad sound quality.  BUT I like it.  Keep it up.

New shooter – 5 stars: Cool guys, keep it up.

If you enjoyed listening to this podcast you can find more information about each of us at thedustylife.com.  Also, head over to our individual websites and YouTube channels and subscribe.  woodbytoth.com, mccauleysdesign.com, spunjinworks.com
If you have comments, questions, or topic suggestions you can email us at contact@thedustylife.com
Consider subscribing to this podcast through iTunes, Soundcloud, or click the RSS on the homepage at thedustylife.com. If you listen through iTunes please leave us a rating as it helps other listeners find us more easily.

 

Episode 003: Tool and Material Acqusition

What’s going on in the shop this week and new content going up on YouTube/Websites.

Sean – Daughter’s bed, metal leafed art piece, new aprons, and the Make It Forward project (@makeitforward on Twitter: Follow @markspens, @mccauleysdesign, @improbableconstruct, @JimmyDiResta, @seanrubino, and @ironface5).

Kyle – The kitchen table,Sprinter van interior, and the Taurus.

Brian – Butterfly leaf dining table and McCauley’s Design Community website stuff.  Guy Dunlap’s butterfly leaf dining table playlist that Brian mentioned in the episode can be found here.

Main Topic:

What to purchase first when getting started: more tools or more material, buy new or used, buy cheap or quality?  When is it cost effective to buy used or cheap tools?  If buying used tools do they need to be refurbished?  Are cheap tools meant to be used for one project or kept?

iTunes ratings:

Artzgirl56 – A new podcast for me to subscribe to.  These guys keep it interesting.

codemonkeyww – One of my favorite podcasts on woodworking available.  I really enjoy these guys!!!  I’m looking forward to more great content from them in the future.  Also check out all their YouTube channels, even more great content.

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Episode 002: Original Design vs Client Work

In this episode we discuss what we like to make in contrast to client work and how a YouTube channel has helped in marketing our products and brand.

Introduction:
What’s going on in the shop this week and new content going up on YouTube/Websites.  Sean – Daughter’s bed and metal leafed art piece.  Kyle – Segmented taurus and finishing the leopard pedestal table.  Brian – Went to The Woodworking Show and mingled, also thought about working on his guitar project.

Main Topic:
Our preferred style of furniture/art in contrast with client commissions. Do commissions unintentionally pigeon hole us into a certain style or level of work?
Do we create what we want then market that product? If so, how do we store the work until it is sold?
How has YouTube affected our work? Do clients contact us to make inquiries on projects or new commissions? Do clients make purchase solely through our website stores?

Conclusion:
If you enjoyed listening to this podcast you can find more information about each of us at thedustylife.com or by visiting our individual websites and YouTube channels.
If you have comments, questions, or topic suggestions you can email us at contact@thedustylife.com
Consider subscribing to this podcast through iTunes, Soundcloud, or you can listen here at thedustylife.com as well. If you listen through iTunes please leave us a rating as it helps other listeners find us more easily.

Welcome to The Dusty Life!

The Dusty Life Podcast is hosted by Brian McCauley, Kyle Toth, and Sean Rubino.  Each host offers a different perspective on woodworking as a business, part-time income, and hobby.  Join us as we chat about the projects we are working on, tools of the trade, shop evolution, time management, and much more.

Listen on SoundCloud or iTunes.

Visit the hosts’ individual sites too.

Brian McCauley – mccauleydesign.com and YouTube.

Kyle Toth – woodbytoth.com and YouTube.

Sean Rubino – spunjinworks.com and YouTube.

 

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