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.


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:



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.

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 004: Sharpening!

Whats Going on in the Shop

Kyle – Sprinter Van Cabinetry

Sean – Finished the Art Piece and started work on the main inlay on the headboard panel.  TDL website now has RSS feed thanks to Tim Babb, The Woodworking Maniak, and it is easier to navigate.  Spunjinworks.com has a more streamlined sidebar.  Visit his site at woodworkingmaniak.com.

Brian – Butterfly Leaf Table joinery and a dovetailed box.


Main Topic

Sharpening! What do we use to sharpen, what is the easiest way to get tools sharp fast, using strops, and more.

Listener Questions!

Dyami asks about pricing our work. penultimatwoodshop.com and @DyamiPlotke on Twitter

Jason wants to know what we use in the shop for listening to podcasts, music, etc. willhoitedesigns.com and @willhoitedesign on Twitter.  Sean suggests using the Outdoor Tech Adapt as a wireless bluetooth device paired with these headphones and a connector.  These are affiliate links so shop freely.

Josh wants to know about pricing projects for clients. @BartleyWoodwork on Twitter

Jenna asks about metal inlay and how it affects wood movement. Kyle shares photos of his previous work with metal banding.

iTunes Ratings

Soulhydration – 3 stars: Good topics and getting started on the right foot.  This would have been a 5 star rating but it was a bit disappointing to see the explicit rating. Really, the foul language is distracting and makes hard to listen with the kids around or at work.  At the end of the day I think the explicit rating will turn many potential listeners away.

Rvicic – 5 Stars: I found you guys through Wood Talk, and so far I agree with Shannon, it’s pretty good.  In the second episode there is a 5 minute dead spot right at the end, and the  first two episodes had some bad sound quality.  BUT I like it.  Keep it up.

New shooter – 5 stars: Cool guys, keep it up.

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