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.

 

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Episode 035: Low Pay is Still Pay

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 kicking off August 28th – 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 – Disneyland took their stuff.  More tap handles were ordered from Refuge Brewery, delivered the Pedestal Table.

Sean – Finished the Cement Bench for the #Quikrete1BagWonder Challenge.  Made a trip to Peterman Lumber for the Cherry and Douglas Fir for the 4 stools.

Brian – Returned from camping trip.  Went to IWF for a day.   Got another order for the Credenza in a different width.

Main Topic –  Taking jobs just because you need the money even though it may not be worth it.

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

Ty Moser – Regrets on jobs?  Follow Ty on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and visit his site.

Email/Comments:

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 iTunes Ratings
FluxCubby – Real Talk About Shop – 5 Stars – The best thing about this podcast is listening to the pros talk about the issues, problems, and frustrations the rest of us have in our shops every day.  It’s very encouraging to hear Brian, Kyle, and Sean talk about underestimating time requirements, mis-sizing pieces, or having close calls with safety–not that we want these things to happen, but it’s nice to know I’m not the only one who can’t get as much done in one day as I often think I can.  Thanks for taking time to talk through your every day experiences.  They have tremendous value to me and others who are learning the craft.
the_viking – 10 Words to Awesome – 5 stars  – One… two… three… four… five… six… seven…eight…nine…ten…Awesome!!!

 

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Episode 034: From Setback to Comeback

We want to thank our top Patrons, Tracy Alexander, 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, and Joseph Muench 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 – 400 BF of white oak is in, pedestal table is done, tap handles are starting up again.  97th vase is in the works.  New GoPro camera in the shop.

Sean – Found a buyer for the pallet wood stool, ready to finish up the cement bench project, picked up a commission for 4 bar stools.

Brian – Camping with the family this week.  Finished and delivered the Credenzas.

Main Topic –  (From Mike Powers, @TSIGMike on Twitter) Getting back into work mode after an injury or a near miss scare.

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

None…

Email/Comments:

Scott King – Hey guys, I am a newer wood worker who has been learning to build furniture. I have been building lots of dining tables out of construction grade Douglas Fur lumber and/or common boards. I use a variety of power tools and hand tools, including several hand planes, to build my tables. I would like to start building with hardwoods but I don’t have any experience with them.

My question is, what are the differences that I can expect in building with hardwoods versus softwood?  Mainly, how will it be different to use my jointer, thickness planer, hand planes and sanders on the wood?
Thank you guys and keep up the great work. The podcast has been a great source for me as I am always trying to learn more to improve my woodworking.
Thanks,
Scott

 

Marshall Toy – Any tips on a DIY-level finishing booth. I’ve got a 10×10 enclosed portion of my shop that I initially intended to use to record music. What things would you guys include/use on a budget?

Ryan Holdridge – Hey guys,

New listener to the podcast and not sure if this question has been asked before.
How do you see new (or newly affordable) technologies such as laser cutters, CNC and even 3D printing affect your future projects? Do you expect to embrace it or try to stay “true” to woodworking of the last 30 years?
I personally can’t wait to have affordable options for bringing difficult, multi-medium, projects together.

Thanks,

 Ryan Holdridge

iTunes Ratings

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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 033: The Time Underestimation Evaluation

We want to thank our top Patrons, Tracy Alexander, 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, 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 – Quartz top for the pedestal table is nearly finished.  Tap handles are mailed.  Starting on the second half of the Disneyland Trains.

Sean – Trim work for a client to widen the opening for their refridgerator.  Finished the form for the cement bench.  Pallet stools are well underway.  Free (with donation) plan for one stool here.

 

Brian – Working on the credenzas.  The drawers were delayed as 2 of the fronts were cut short.  Cut his thumb at the table saw.

Main Topic – Underestimating your time on client work

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

AJ – AJ wants to know how to get a woodworking business up and going.  Follow AJ on Instagram and Twitter.  Check out his website too.

Email/Comments:

None…

iTunes Ratings

None…

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Episode 032: If We Knew Then What We Know Now

We want to thank our top Patrons, Tracy Alexander, 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, and Matt Cremona for your support on Patreon as well.

Thank you Jeffrey Cassidy for your donation.

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

What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Chugging away on the Disneyland Trains.  Turned a few tap handles. Turned the pedestal for the table.

Sean – Published the bed videos.

Brian – Working on the credenzas.  Lots of drawers.

Main Topic – If I Knew Then What I Know Now

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

Marshall Toy – Wood runners or drawer slides on a dresser?  Follow Marshall on Twitter, Instagram, check out his YouTube channel, and website.

Email/Comments:

Leigh Jordan – Waterproofing the inside walls of a basement?

iTunes Ratings

49cfr – 5 Stars – Update: six stars – Essential podcast for woodworkers, makers, and fans of these guys’ YouTube channels.  Engaging and Educational. (Sorry Kyle, more than 10 words)

WoodenCreationz – 5 Stars – Party Like a Rockstar – Hey Guys, straight up killer show!  This is Brian from WoodenCreationz.  Huge fan of all of you…especially Kyle when he remembers to put on clothes.  I got the chance to meet Sean and Kyle at Atlanta, GA and WIA.  Both outstanding guys!  I was the 6’7″ guy with the light up respirator mask.  If by chance you don’t remember.  You can stalk me on Instagram and on YouTube WoodenCreationz.  I am not a fine woodworker per say.  I’m more of a lets have fun inventing and designing things and busting out nice stuff when things cost too much and I remember I have a shop full of tools that can make the exact same thing.  Do you guys often build stuff you see in order to save money?  Love to hear some stories if you do!  Take care gentlemen.  Loving the reviews at the end of the podcast!  Brian WoodenCreationz

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 031: Efficiency Improvement Improvisation

We want to thank our top Patrons, Tracy Alexander, 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, and Matt Cremona for your support on Patreon as well.

A special thank you to Joseph Muench (Instagram) for his one time donation.

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

What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Chugging away on the Disneyland Trains.  Turning a pedestal for the table commission.  Dining table video is out.

Sean – Took it easy all week.  Worked on editing a few videos and adding two styles of stools to the plans from last week.

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Brian – Took a break most of the week.  The wife wants a vanity for the bathroom.  Walnut door video is out.  Working on the credenzas.’

Main Topic – Improving Efficiency

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

James Wright – How do you finish those projects that keep getting put off?  Follow James on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, check out his YouTube channel and website.

Email/Comments:

Adam – Hello again fellas!  I know there are plenty of articles on this topic, but I wanted to get an opinion from “you’s guys” on this: English Style Push saw or Japanese Style Pull saw for dovetails?  Or something different altogether.  I’m a beginner (zero cuts given) when it comes to dovetails.  Plus, I don’t have any equipment to sharpen my own tools (yet).  As a beginner, what route should I go?  Also, is something like David Barron’s magnetic dovetail guide worth looking into or just a gimmick?

Thanks!
Adam

A good forum entry can be found here.

Jonathan – Gentlemen,

 I just watched Kyle’s 96th vase video, and noticed that he cut the vase off of the lathe with what looked to be a Japanese-style dozuki saw (it had a back to the blade, so I think that’s a dozuki). I know at least one of you guys has a Bad Axe dovetail saw, and I think I’ve seen Kyle cut dovetails using a Western style push-dovetail saw in the past.
Any chance you have some insight into going in one direction or another? Are pull saws better for some applications than others, or is it totally just a feel/comfort thing?
I have pull saws, but have done nothing but butcher my feeble attempts at dovetails with them.
Thanks
Jon
David – Hi guys!
 I’ve been wanting to make a proper woodworking bench for a hot minute and this build off was the extra motivation I needed to get going (other than currently working off of a piece of crap), so thank you all for that!  My plan is this will be my slightly smaller sized “practice” bench that will work for my current 1 car garage/shop, heavily weighted and sturdy yet add features that will make it easy to take apart for transport , then carry over to my new house’s detached garage/shop whenever my wife and I finally buy a new house.  Then I’ll take what I learned and/or screwed up on and build a larger bench while keeping this one as a joinery bench or something of that nature.  The lumber has been stacked and drying for a few weeks now and the fun part is the plans I had in place to get a thickness planer beforehand fell through so I’ll be knockin’ this out with the ole 80 something year old Stanley 4, 5 & 7 hand planes!!!!!  Gonna be awesome & can’t wait to get started!!!
    Also wanted to mention, your TDL shirts are bad ass & are working for y’all because I had no idea they were from a podcast.  In fact, this is the first podcast I’ve ever listened to and I’ve binged every episode while out in the shop.  I woulda left y’all a 5 star review on iTunes, but I don’t have an account and this might be over 15 words 😀
Looking forward to the bench build, thanks for the awesome content and keep up the great work!!!!
Dave Barlow – Chesapeake VA
 iTunes Ratings

wnaziri – 5 Stars – Great Pod – I’ve enjoyed listening to every episode since the beginning.  To podcast has improved significantly since the first episode.  A special note:  I have come to really appreciate the humanity of the 3 amigos.  We have a professional woodworker, a semi-pro woodworker, and a stay-at-home loving father of 4 kids.  I am proud to have something in common with them.  Keep the episodes coming, please.  Wade N (italics are our correction)

chrisXjacobsen – 5 Stars – TDL Haiku – A new woodworker, Loves listening to you guys, Just got a wood lathe.

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 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

iTunes Ratings

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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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