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

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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…

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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.

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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

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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.

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Episode 016: The Pocket Hole Hypothesis

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What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Turned vase 94 and made a sign for a client.

Sean – Procrastinated on making the headboard.  Worked on the turning saw side project.  Cut some dovetails and added a rack to the joinery bench.

Brian –  Worked on the hall table drawers. Bought a strop wheel for the Work Sharp 3000.  Going to try out TransTint Dye on the drawer fronts.

Main Topic – Pocket Hole Joinery

Listener emails/questions

Guest Questions

Marshall – How do we creatively cover up mistakes?  Catch him on YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram.  Here are a couple shots of his table.

Jonathan – Do we use rasps and what kind do we suggest? Check out his blog at warriorwoodwork.blogspot.com and on Twitter.

Email

Huy Huynh –Hey guys!  Thank you for hosting The Dusty Life Podcast.  I look forward to your weekly episodes.  On Episode 015, Michael Morley asked about saw blades and expressed considerable frustration when it comes to resawing on his bandsaw.  I’ve had the same issues when it came to blade drift and burning.  Brian mentioned removing the fence all together and “eye-ball” the cut based on a scribe line.  I’ve tried this method in the past as well, and while I was able to get decent results, it seemed like a waste of resources given the fact that my 17″ Grizzly bandsaw came with a tall resaw fence specific to the task of resawing.  I did a search on Youtube and found Alex Snodgrass’ bandsaw clinic.  He went from start-to-finish on how to setup your bandsaw for resawing or scrolling.  I tried his method of setup and I was able to get flawless results with my resaw fence.   Here is evidence of my results on my Instagram page (https://www.instagram.com/p/BBtLoXlSxHn/?hl=en).  I used a 1/2″, 3 TPI blade made by Woodslicer.  I was able to resaw maple down to less than 3/32″ (~0.085″) without burning or drift.  Seriously, no shortcuts, gimmicks, or special tools.  I followed Alex’s method to the “T.”  I’m now convinced that the setup method specified in my instruction manual is wrong, period.  My issues were two-fold: 1) My blade was centered on the crown of my wheel causing both the front and the back of the blade to oscillate, and 2) the blade I was using was the stock blade that came with my bandsaw.  Essentially, I had too many teeth-per-inch and the set of the teeth and depth of the gullets were such that the blade did not clear out enough waste.  Here is the video I used to setup my bandsaw (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGbZqWac0jU).

I hope this helps and sorry for the long email.


Sincerely,

Huy Huynh

P.S. I do not work nor do I own any Carter products.

 

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iTunes Ratings

Mike and Rachel – 5 Stars – Great Podcast –  You guys are great, the combination of your different personalities and experiences at all levels make you guys very relate-able and fun to listen to.  Keep up the great work! -Thanks.

Cdstahlman – 5 Stars – Awesome Show! – Really like the show, keep up the great work!

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Episode 015: The Variety Show

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What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle –  Made a valet for a local parking company.

Sean –  Cut out the crest rail for the bed and gave the compass plane a test drive.  Began work on the turning saw.  Ron Hock is offering free shipping on any order containing a kitchen knife kit.  Check that out here.  Tim Babb, Woodworking Maniak, is hosting a Giveaway on his page.  Check that out here to win a Work Sharp Tools WS3000.

Brian – Worked on a hall table, cut some half blind dovetails for the 3 drawer fronts.

Main Topic – What would be your Woodworking Super Power?  Sean uses a 93-1/2″ x 1/2″ Lenox Tri-Master Carbide Tipped Bandsaw Blade in his 14″ Grizzly bandsaw.  This is not an affiliate link.

Listener emails/questions

Guest Questions

Michael Morley – Asks us about quality cutting tools vs. cheaper “disposable” tools (bandsaw and tablesaw blades, router bits, drill bits, etc.)  Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and visit his website.

Nate Crilly – Asks us how to grow a YouTube Channel.  Follow him on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Email

Ron Baker – Wanted to know about cutting small parts with a track saw, how to cut your own veneer, and how to glue it to a surface without a vacuum press.

Riley Vicic – Riley left a nice “review” for us, again.

Brian Prusa – Asks Kyle if he knows Sasquatch’s long lost cousin?  Here you go, Brian.

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iTunes Ratings

Miter Mike’s Woodshop – 5 Stars – You know I packed my The Dusty Life podcast shirt to show support and wear while you did your podcast, I am very disappointed that I took up space in my luggage…oh well I had a blast with Kyle and Sean, can’t wait for the next one when Brian will be there…LOL.  Keep up the great work.

Daveborg98 – 5 Stars – These guys do a great job at taking what some people can make boring and create great content with it.  There are few things that can take my son’s attention off of his classic country music but this is one show that does.  At 8 years-old, it gives him insight and the opportunity to occasionally teach about not repeating everything we hear 🙂  Keep it up guys.  P.S. Thanks, Kyle, for making my son VERY cautious around the router table as it scares him every time I us it…he thinks it will chew up my pinky at any moment.

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