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!!
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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.

 

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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:

None…

 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 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…

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 028: Life Management

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 monthly group or individual hangout with us.

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 –  Finished the 96th Vase, got the DisneyLand Commission for the trains, sold another piece from the Del Mar fair.,.

Sean – Glued up the headboard and applied a finish, worked on AC installation, and turned a small lidded box for his Daughter.

Brian – Remodeled his house and painted the hall table.

Main Topic – How to manage your woodworking extracurriculars.

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

Eric Burke – Asks Kyle how to clean glue squeeze out from the inside of small boxes.  Follow Eric on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Email/Comments:

Adam Beasley – Hey fellas!  I love the show!

I actually tapped into the Rubino Woodworker’s & Website Resource Clinic a few months ago not even realizing you all had this Dusty Life empire going.  I sort of lucked into having Sean as a resource because of a mutual friend we have from back home.  With a ton of great advice, I’ve been able to launch a website, become extremely active on social media, buy a Go-Pro to video my work (a la Toth) and now have a growing list of commissions I’m happily struggling to keep up with.
So here’s my question, with all of this business coming my way, I’m obviously getting the itch to drop everything with my full-time job and pursue full-time custom woodworking.  Don’t worry, I’m not going to jump just yet.  But did you all experience an early surge of business for commissions and then have it taper off?  If so, how did you get through that?  What’s a reasonable amount of time to get consistent commissions before you realize this is sustainable?  I got a big break with a reception desk at a fitness studio (https://www.instagram.com/p/BGkblWYmgxA/?taken-by=lazyguydiy) and now I’ve got enough referral work be it residential or retail furniture to last me throughout the year.  I’d hate to start making long term plans and then find out I’m a short term success. What’s funny though is my priority was always the DIY website and then all the commission requests started coming in because of it.  Consider the priority scales tipped in favor of woodworking.
Thanks fellas!
Adam in the RVA
Instagram & Twitter:  @LazyGuyDIY
 iTunes Ratings

None…

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 025: Woodworking Dreams

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 monthly group or individual hangout with us.

Thanks to Marshall Toy, Scott Haun, and Sebastian Ollari for your support on Patreon as well.

Check out the new page for the Bench Build-Off kicking off soon.

What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle –  Dovetailed the table legs, made some coffee tumblers, and Michael Morley in the shop for a visit.

Sean –  Made a scratch stock (video below), refinished the panel for the bed, refined the shape of the crest rail, made a few bird houses, and built the kids Nicholson bench with his oldest son, Vinny. 

Brian –  Went to the National Maker Faire in D.C..  Made progress on the credenzas.

Main Topic – Our most/least enjoyable process.

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

Tom Balzamo – Asks about repairing the lead screw on an auger bit. Check Tom out on YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter.

Email/Comments:

Neil Dorin – I’ve been binge listening to the podcast over the last few weeks to catch up since I just discovered it recently.  Love the podcast.  I love how relaxed you all are and how you’re all so willing to share your triumphs and mistakes!

So I recently built a farmhouse style kitchen table and bench for my cousin and her husband (photos attached).
I actually used Brian’s YouTube video on attaching breadboard ends with a Festool Domino and it worked fantastically.  However, once the breadboards were installed I ran into an annoying problem that I’m wondering if any of you have a solution for.  (To be honest I was listening to the podcast while building the table, but hadn’t put two and two together that Brain from the podcast was the same Brian from the YouTube breadboard video until I listened to the breadboard episode last night!)
I hate sanding and prefer to use hand planes/card scrapers to get a finished surface wherever possible.  When I built the panel top for the table, I used dominos to align the boards and it was so flat I was able to quickly scrape the glue lines and then use my Veritas low angle block plane with handle/tote accessory (basically it’s a #3 smoother) to smooth the top and it worked incredibly well.  I planed the breadboard ends smooth as well, but of course once they were installed there was slight variance in alignment between the panel and the breadboard end along the joint.  Because that joint has grain perpendicular on the panel to that of the breadboard, planing or scraping it is virtually impossible without running a blade across a board perpendicular to the grain which obviously causes some tear out :/

Any tips or tricks other than busting out the orbital sander (which is what I ended up doing)?

Shane Smith – I love using the bandsaw for everything, but the only one I have now is an ancient Craftsman 10″ three-wheeled one.  I would love to get a larger one with a fence and the ability to use blades past the Craftsmans’ 1/4″ max.  What would you recommend for someone on a budget?  Let’s say, $500 for example (no idea if that is reasonable or not). Advantages and disadvantages at various price points?

Keep up the great work on and off the air guys!
Shane Smith
 iTunes Ratings

CardsFan_270 – 5 Stars – Real Dudes. Real Talk. – As a woodworker, start here.  Brian, Sean, and that other dude give honest, down-to-earth takes on woodworking in 2016.  Not just how to make stuff, but how to approach being a maker and woodworker.  Do yourself a favor and go listen.  Then, when you are done, go support them on Patreon.

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), social media platforms, and 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 022: Shop Bread and Butter

Thank you, Tracy Alexander, Stu Morrison, Scott McWilliams, Elliot Trent, Michael Schuler, Marshall Toy, Matt Kummell, Scott Haun, and Sebastian Ollain for your support on Patreon!  You too can support the show by purchasing a T-Shirt, donating, or become a monthly patron.

What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Del Mar Fair pieces on exhibit in Design in Wood and won a prize, 120 tap handles for Refuge, made a tv shelf, Band and balloon artist showed at the shop.  Made a video reading bad comments on YouTube.

Sean – Finished the Make it Forward project.  Finished the joinery for the headboard frame, panel, and crest rail.  Released a bandsaw blade upgrade video.  Designed a kids Nicholson bench in SketchUp and posted plans for the saw bench.

Brian – Posted a video on restoring a Stanley #93 shoulder plane (Brian Prusa) and applied the finish to the hall table, still waiting on the paint. commissioned to make a bar top, 2 credenzas and a dining table.

Main Topic – What’s our best seller?

Kyle – Best sellers: Turned tap handles and the Leopard Series pieces

Lessons learned: Client pricing and personal projects

Sean – Best sellers: Pens

Lessons learned: First time project pricing.

Brian – Best sellers: Tables

Lessons learned:  Better duplication process

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

Donnie Carter – Donnie is new to wood turning and wanted to know how to design and prepare discs for segmented turning, where to find clients, and what we would change if we new 4 years ago what we know now.   Follow him on Twitter, Instagram, his website, and YouTube channel.

Email/Comments:

None…

 iTunes Ratings

Stonewallmike82 – 5 Stars – Great Show – These guys are super knowledgeable and super entertaining!  There aren’t a lot of topic driven podcasts that are enjoyable when they veer off topic, but these guys are a ton of fun to listen to no matter what they are talking about!

El.Duderino219 – 5 Stars – Great Podcast! –  One of the best maker podcasts out there!  They do a great job providing tips and useful information in addition to their great banter.  Best part is how close and accessible they are to their fans!  The whole explicit thing seems silly on iTunes’ part, can’t remember the last time I’ve heard them say anything you wouldn’t hear on prime time TV.

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), social media platforms, and 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.