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!

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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

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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.

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