Bench Build-Off Entries

Thank you to all the sponsors of the Bench Build-Off!  We had a great turn out for such an ambitious project in a short period of time.  Below is a list of the entrants and a photo of their finished bench.  Thanks to all who participated in the Bench Build-Off!  Enjoy working on your new bench and go make something awesome.

Brian McCauley – A sweet Roubo bench from SPF and Mahogany

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Bob Buchan – A very nice Nicholson Bench

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Paul Jackman – Check out his video on YouTube

Justin Geiman – A nice Nicholson Style Bench

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James Wright – A bench for his kids.  Check out his video on YouTube

Joe Faraoni – Check out his Roubo style bench on his website or his Instagram

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Jake Curry – A good starter bench

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Ryan Overgaard – A beautiful French workbench, nice work, Ryan.

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Brock Kragenbrink – Beautiful multipurpose bench

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Brian Prusa – A quick and sturdy bench

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Josh Stedman – A multipurpose bench/countertop with storage

Mike Ellery – A sweet Nicholson Bench

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Jacob Burkhalter – Here’s a beautiful Moravian Bench

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Chris Philhower – Check out Chris’ bench on YouTube

Dave Barlow – Check out Dave’s Roubo!

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Huy Huynh – Huy made an awesome bench!

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Mike Nye – A cool kids Nicholson Bench

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Jeremy Wright – Fantastic bench.

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Episode 041: Lone Survivor Tool

We want to thank our top Patrons on Patreon: Stu Morrison, Scott McWilliams, Elliot Trent, Michael Schuler, Matt Kummell, and Ty Moser!  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 where we cut up and talk shop.

Thanks to Marshall Toy, Scott Haun, Sebastian Ollari, Justin Capogna, Matt Cremona, Nick Carruthers, Robert Bakie, Joseph Muench, Tim Holiner, Dave Bebee, Brodie Brickey, Modern Builds (Mike Montgomery), Eric Burke, and Christopher Pickslay for your support on Patreon as well.

What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – 98th vase is finished.  Made a work surface for the shop and making an endgrain table with leo veneer.

Sean – Stools are still getting finish wiped on.  Video on shaping the seats with the ArborTech TURBOPlane was released.  Just got back from vacation.

Brian – Finished with the Roubo Bench and added a Record Circular Plane to the tool cabinet.  No peg board there.

Main Topic – Deserted jungle island, one tool, what do you choose?

Sean’s Choice – ApolcalAxe

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Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

None…

Email/Comments:

Johnny Tromboukis – Hey guys

A few episodes ago Kyle mentioned that he doesn’t paint client projects.  I also don’t like painting or even staining.  I recently got a request to repair and paint an outdoor project.  So here’s my question.  Why don’t you paint?  How do you respond to a client that asks why not?
Sorry Kyle, I tried to keep it under ten words.  Keep up the awesome work guys.
– Johnny

Adam Beasley – Do people ask you to only design plans for them to purchase?  Recently I’ve had a handful of people email me asking only for custom plans.  Not for a website or a repost, but strictly so they can build the project themselves.  How do you feel about that?  It seems like easy money, but then the question is, what is something like that worth?  My thought is $20-$30 for my time for a customized plan.  Also, would you put parameters on it like you can’t repost this as your own on another website?  So many things to think about… which is why I almost think a higher price is worth it.  If I were sharing plans of something I already built and sold that’s one thing and I’d charge around $5-10.

PS: my RZ Mask velcro has worn out as well.
Thanks!

Adam

iTunes Ratings

MSchaefermeyer – These Guys are Cool! – 5 Stars – I love reading these reviews!  I promise to give Marc Schaefermeyer my 100th vase after I finish turning it!  With that out of the way, these guys keep me entertained and I keep coming back every week!  Thanks, Kyle, for reading this review on the air so that all of your listeners will know that you will give me your 100th vase!  You rock!!
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), our social media platforms, YouTube channels, subscribe!, and spread the word to friends, family, and coworkers.

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Episode 040: New Tools vs Old Tools

We want to thank our top Patrons on Patreon: Stu Morrison, Scott McWilliams, Elliot Trent, Michael Schuler, Matt Kummell, and Ty Moser!  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 where we cut up and talk shop.

Thanks to Marshall Toy, Scott Haun, Sebastian Ollari, Justin Capogna, Matt Cremona, Nick Carruthers, Robert Bakie, Joseph Muench, Tim Holiner, Dave Bebee, Brodie Brickey, Taylor Craig, Modern Builds (Mike Montgomery), Eric Burke for your support on Patreon as well.

What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Finished the kitchen cart and published the video.  98th vase is working.

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Sean – Stools are getting finish wiped on.  Video on shaping the seats with the ArborTech TURBOPlane.

Brian – Almost finished with the Roubo Bench.

Main Topic – New Tools vs Old Tools

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

Jonathan Ficke – Thoughts on restoring old hand planes.  Follow Jonathan on Twitter, check out his website, and his Etsy shop. 

Playlist of Paul Sellers’ Bench Plane Restoration Videos

Email/Comments:

Alex – Hey guys, In the last episode, one of you suggested diluting shellac with mineral spirits.  I think you meant denatured alcohol.  Mineral spirits could be used with poly or oil but not shellac to my knowledge (and my dad’s experience).
Great show!
Cheers
Alex

Josh – I’m getting ready to build a twin size loft bed for my son using SPF from Home Depot.  I’m using plans from Ana White’s camp loft bed and also taking some elements from Jay Bates’ bunk bed.

Anyway, I am still trying to decide on what finish I should use on it.  I feel like it needs some kind of color besides just a poly on it.  I also don’t want to spend too much time applying finish to it.  I will more than likely put general finishes satin arm-r-seal on it or minwax wipe on poly.  I know that Marc Spags has gotten great results from both.  Should I try and put on a gel stain or could I even add a dye to the first coat of poly?  Also, how much poly could I expect to have to use on it?  Would one quart be enough?

Any other tips on finishing something this big?  I really don’t want to screw it up.

Thanks so much!

Josh Luther

iTunes Ratings

Chancey Stufflebeam – Great Show – 5 Stars – The guys are always fun and a ton of knowledge.  Thanks for the content both here and on YouTube.  Keep up the good stuff.
Hillviewwm – 3 Cool Dudes – 5 stars  – Kyle, Sean, and Brian do a great job delivering awesome woodworking content each week!

 

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), our social media platforms, 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 039: Are You a Pro?

We want to thank our top Patrons on Patreon: Stu Morrison, Scott McWilliams, Elliot Trent, Michael Schuler, Matt Kummell, Ty Moser, and Jim Rumsey!  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 where we cut up and talk shop.

Thanks to Marshall Toy, Scott Haun, Sebastian Ollari, Justin Capogna, Matt Cremona, Nick Carruthers, Robert Bakie, Joseph Muench, Tim Holiner, Dave Bebee, Brodie Brickey, Taylor Craig, Modern Builds (Mike Montgomery), Eric Burke for your support on Patreon as well.

Check out the new page for the Bench Build-Off going on now through September.

What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Moving into the new apartment.  Kitchen cart in white oak and copper pipe. LAMCA trip.

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Sean – Stool building is continuing and ahead of schedule.  Made a video on improving your clamp handles.

Brian – Roubo build is going strong!

Main Topic – Professionalism vs. Being a Pro.

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

David Gunn – Do you plan out your videos in advance or do you base your videos on your commissions/projects for yourself?  What are the pros and cons of planning vs commissioned piece videos?  Follow David on Twitter, Instagram, and check out his YouTube channel.

Email/Comments:

What type of respirators do you guys wear?

Steve – I’ve been making  a clip board for my wife, she picked out morado and bloodwood at the lumber store.  Looks awesome, but the finish is curing.  I’m using varathanes polyurethane out of a spray can.  Meanwhile the bloodwood dried fine.  Any reason why, my though was oil in the wood?  Is there a solution if this is the case?  Thanks guys!

Steve Dale @grain_creations on Instagram

Correction to the answer:  Use Denatured Alcohol in the Bulls Eye Seal Coat Dewaxed Shellac to dilute it, not Mineral Spirits.

iTunes Ratings

Keep making it – Worth the listen EVERY week – 5 Stars – Dusty Life Podcast is getting better and better each week.  The three hosts do a very good job imparting their knowledge and experience to the listener.  Love the call ins with the other woodworkers as well.  Whether it’s in the car or in the shop, The Dusty Life is eagerly anticipated each week.  Keep up the good work!  Mark from the Old Plank Woodworks
Mike Montgomery – . – 5 stars  – This is a good podcast.

 

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), our social media platforms, 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 038: Patron Questions Answered

We want to thank our top Patrons, Stu Morrison, Scott McWilliams, Elliot Trent, Michael Schuler, Matt Kummell, Ty Moser, and Jim Rumsey!  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 where we cut up and talk shop.

Thanks to Marshall Toy, Scott Haun, Sebastian Ollari, Justin Capogna, Matt Cremona, Nick Carruthers, Robert Bakie, Joseph Muench, Tim Holiner, Dave Bebee, Brodie Brickey and Taylor Craig for your support on Patreon as well.

Check out the new page for the Bench Build-Off going on now through September

What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Marketing plan from College students.  Picture frames for Jimmy DiResta’s flyers.  Finished the Burl Card Box and the 97th vase.

Sean – Working on finishing the preparations for finishing the legs.

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Brian – Wagon vise installed, jointer sold to Miter Mike.

Main Topic – Patron questions are answered.

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

None…

Email/Comments:

Taylor – Hey guys, I’m sort of at the point of the year where I like to budget for next year’s larger tool purchases, and one thing that looks to be on the horizon this year is lathe.  A family member of mine has around 100 acres of forested area, primarily oak and hickory with some walnut and cherry sprinkled throughout.  It’s located about 4 hours from me, so I would like to figure out a way to take advantage of the material.  A portable mill vs Alaskan mill is something I would take a little more time into researching, so creating blanks seems like a good way of making use of the material for now.

I’ve never used a lathe, but I’m anxious to try some bowls and other display type projects. But I keep running into forum posts stating how terrible oak and hickory are to turn. Hickory is hard, and oak is fiber-y — I get that, but will they be an inescapable frustration?
Curious to hear if any of you (particularly that Master Turner fella) have experience turning either material and if I should factor their characteristics  into what I’m looking for in my first lathe?
I know it’s already a long email, but writing that last bit made me think of I another topic — when can someone consider themselves a “Master”.  I don’t know Kyle but he seems like he’ll be last in line to give himself the label of “Master Turner”, but from where I’m sitting…at worst he’s 3 vases and an obligatory book away 😉

 

iTunes Ratings

Ash_crack – Dope podcast – 5 Stars – Dope podcast.
D:Roy – Keeping it to 15 words – 5 stars  – Great show, great content, great hosts.  One of my favorites, always listen.  Please subscribe now.

 

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), our social media platforms, 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 037: Building For Yourself, Design and Function

We want to thank our top Patrons, Stu Morrison, Scott McWilliams, Elliot Trent, Michael Schuler, Matt Kummell, Ty Moser, and Jim Rumsey!  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 where we cut up and talk shop.

Thanks to Marshall Toy, Scott Haun, Sebastian Ollari, Justin Capogna, Matt Cremona, Nick Carruthers, Robert Bakie, Joseph Muench, Tim Holiner, and Dave Bebee for your support on Patreon as well.

Check out the new page for the Bench Build-Off going on now through September.

MWA/WT Meet Up at Cincinnati during WIA on Thursday from 5-8 at Christian Moerlein Brewing Co., 1621 Moore St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Finished the 97th vase, veneered card box, and more stuff from Disneyland.

Sean – Still working on the 4 bar stools.  Stopped by Kyle’s shop for a quick visit.  Picked up a Bailey #3 for $4 but there was a hole drilled in the sole.

Brian – Building the Roubo bench for the Bench Build Off.

Main Topic – Building furniture for yourself to fill a space or fill a need.

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

Arthur Pollack: How do you get friends and family to watch your YouTube videos?  Check out Arthur on Twitter, Instagram, and check him out on YouTube.

Email/Comments:

Mike – Made a Kid’s Workbench for his kids from Sean’s plans.

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Brock – Making a multi function workbench for the small shop.

 iTunes Ratings
Guy Who Thinks He Can Build- A great listen for wood nerds – 5 Stars – I have been listening since the beginning of the show and it has been enjoyable listening to the guys become more comfortable, and gain more chemistry while doing the podcast.  Will continue so long as they keep making them.  Toth is god! (wanted to make him read this!)
Kighthood6 – Sam Knight – 5 stars  – Finally a podcast that gives woodturing a spot in the lime-light.  Love the podcast!  Keep it up guys!

 

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), our social media platforms, 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 036: Low Pay is Still Pay, Part 2

We want to thank our top Patrons, Stu Morrison, Scott McWilliams, Elliot Trent, Michael Schuler, Matt Kummell, Ty Moser, and Jim Rumsey!  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 where we cut up and talk shop.

Thanks to Marshall Toy, Scott Haun, Sebastian Ollari, Justin Capogna, Matt Cremona, Nick Carruthers, Robert Bakie, Joseph Muench, Tim Holiner, and Dave Bebee for your support on Patreon as well.

Check out the new page for the Bench Build-Off going on now through September 18th.

MWA/WT Meet Up at Cincinnati during WIA on Thursday from 5-8 at Christian Moerlein Brewing Co., 1621 Moore St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – 120 Tap handles, do or die art, more Disneyland stuff.  Made some legs for couches for customers.  Went on vacation over the weekend.

Sean – Working on the 4 bar stools.  The legs are glued up with the seats.  Time to attach the stretchers and begin shaping.

Brian – Building the Roubo bench for the Bench Build Off.

Special Hop-In Guest Matt Cremona – Working on the Saw mill.

Main Topic –  Taking jobs just because you need the money and the downside of doing so.

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

Chris Schoblocher – Grinding new bevels on gouges?  Follow Chris on Twitter and YouTube (future videos coming).

Email/Comments:

Chris – Hello Boys, first of all, great podcast!  I really appreciate the well balanced backgrounds of the group and Kyle’s experience with turning which compliments the woodworking background of the group which sets this podcast apart from the rest.

My question for you- I’ve been turning for 2 years and have turned 2 segmented small bowls.  I enjoy the visual appeal of contrasting woods as much as the next person which is where I think the “sexy” allure comes from.  The question is this- in order to achieve that contrasting appearance between segments giving the brick and mortar appearance, what is the extent of material options to set off different segments?  For example, am I limited in trying to rip 1/32″ slices of contrasting wood to get that effect between rings or individual segments or can I use something else?  I’ve thought about black construction paper, card stock, even felt glued between layers of wood with CA glue to instill some structural rigidity.  Also, if something other than wood can be used, does that influence a movement away from yellow glue to something else like CA glue?  I’m not looking to reinvent the wheel so suggestions are welcomed.  There’s something about thin black lines outlining segments that I hope to practice.

Thanks for a great show and all the wisdom masked in entertainment!  Keep up the great work!

Chris

In Madison, Wisconsin

Spencer – Hey dudes, a few episodes back and about every couple episodes in one of the woodworking podcasts we all listen to we hear a questions about sharpening, methods, grits and so on. Well I never really understood the differences between “grits” on sand paper, diamond stones, water stones and what’s actually going on. But then I found this article online from Chris Schwarz on popular woodworking where he shed some light on it and also included this really handy chart that broke down all the main manufacturers and what their grits or coarseness actually means in terms of not sharp to sharp. It’s all measured in the term microns and once I read this it began to make sense. He does a better job than I could explaining it so here’s the link. Hope it help clarify for someone else who may be scratching their head like I was. Thanks guys for what you do!

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 iTunes Ratings
pike0x1A4- One of my favorites! – 5 Stars – These guys are awesome like your favorite meal or that time you got a free weekend in the shop without interruption.  Maybe even better than having that epic “I told you so” moment with your significant other, or better yet, your boss.  These guys will keep you entertained whether you are doing yard work, busy in the shop, or in the car trying to ignore the kids.  Any way you look at it, this is a good podcast to subscribe to and be a patron of.
GG807 – Love it! – 5 stars  – The Dusty Life Guys give great insights in an approachable way.  Out of the many maker/woodworker podcasts, this is one of my favorites.

 

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), our social media platforms, 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.