Episode 057: Building Your Business

We want to thank our top Patrons on Patreon: Jameson Elam, Stu Morrison, Scott McWilliams, Elliot Trent, Michael Schuler, Matt Kummell, Ty Moser, New England Woodworking Studio, Glen Vajcner, Adam Zawalich, and Nick Hinson!  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, a sticker, or other rewards based on the level you choose.

Thanks to Marshall Toy, Scott Haun, Sebastian Ollari, Justin Capogna, Matt Cremona, Nick Carruthers, Robert Bakie, Tim Holiner, Dave Bebee, Brodie Brickey, Modern Builds (Mike Montgomery), Eric Burke, Christopher Pickslay, JM Tosses, Terry Mulligan, Michael Brindle, Eric Schneider, Joe Pierce, Kyle Walker, Daniel Mendoza, Michael Jeffcoat, Woodshop 101 Podcast, and Kyle Thomas for your support on Patreon as well.

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What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Finished the book shelves, started the mandala table for the Del Mar Fair and made some boxes.

Sean – Started working on the walnut mid century modern bed and night stands.

Brian – DC set up with 6″ HVAC pipe and made the table base for the credenza client.

Main Topic – Building your woodworking business

Guest Question: 

Marshall Toy – Do you ever let tools inspire you?

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments:

TheWoodworkingStudio – Who would you boys like to work with? A. Woodworking; B. Content Provider; C. In Life

iTunes Ratings

Tedddddddddddddds – WOW – 5 Stars – Sweet podcast.  Started listening about a month ago and just got caught up.  Just what I need to keep me from going crazy at my 8-5.  Just ordered a shirt, keep up the good work.

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Episode 050: Reflections From Boston

We want to thank our top Patrons on Patreon: Jameson Elam, Stu Morrison, Scott McWilliams, Elliot Trent, Michael Schuler, Matt Kummell, Ty Moser, New England Woodworking Studio, and Glen Vajcner!  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, a sticker, or other rewards based on the level you choose.

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, Christopher Pickslay, JM Tosses, Terry Mulligan, Michael Brindle, Eric Schneider, Joe Pierce, Joshua Luthor, Kyle Walker, Daniel Mendoza, and Michael Jeffcoat for your support on Patreon as well.

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What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Working on more tap handles and his 100th vase.

Sean – Chugging away on the shoe bench and starting another stool.  Made some more pens for my store and a video on making some pens. 

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Brian – Rounding the end of the credenza and worked on an inside out turning.  Going full time and moving to PA.

Main Topic – Reflections and inspirations from Boston

Guest Question:

Jason Villnave – When to upgrade your tools? Follow Jason on Twitter, Instagram, and check out his website.

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Zachariah – Hey Guys,

I have been binge listening to the podcast, when I get a chance, for the last few weeks. Except for the sound levels I love it.  I have two questions: First I am saving for my next shop tool and can’t decide if I should get a surface planer or a drum sander and was wondering what your opinions would be, what would you recommend?  The second is about pricing pens.  My 9 year old and I are turning pens and would like to sell them but don’t have any idea how to price them.  I see them on Etsy for $10, and have more in materials than that.  I notice Sean that you have them on your site for between $90 and $160 right now, how do you decide?

Keep it up guys.

Zachariah

Twitter: @BontexxWCraft
YTube: Bontexx – videos coming soon
Instagram: Bontexx

Vince – Over the summer, we built a new screened porch. I ended up with a bunch of left over 1×4 and 1×6 cedar that is rough on one side and smooth on the other.  Also have several 2×6 and 2×8 dimensional cedar boards. I was thinking of planing and jointing the rough cedar and making cedar chests for my kids.  What do you think? Is that the right kind of wood? Any other advice is welcome.

Thanks.

Vince
Ann Arbor, Michigan.

iTunes Ratings

Keith Decent – My Favorite Podcast of Ever – 5 Stars – There’s nothing like listening to these three every Friday on my ride home from my “treatments.”  I’m always into the shop talk, of course, but also like hearing about Sean’s chickens at his farm house, Brian’s newest book release, or the many heartwarming stories Kyle tells about his kids and Star Wars.  Please never stop making it the best podcast of all time.
Edowney9 – Great Podcast – 5 Stars – Informative and fun.  Very inspiring too.
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 some merchandise, clicking the donate button for a one-time donation, or becoming a monthly patron to help us keep this bus rolling.

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Episode 006: Design Dyslexic Deco Art

Whats Going on in the Shop

Kyle – Finished the Sprinter can interior and took a well deserved break in San Diego on a boat.

Sean – Finished the inlay on the headboard.  Make It Forward project chess pieces arrived from Jimmy.  Published a Modern Bed video and working on downloadable plans for the build.  Made a bed rail for a friends old bed.  Finishing an end grain cutting board. Got some new stuff in the shop (Starrett 4″ combo square, 3D sketch pad, logbook, bow saw kit, anice candies).  Thanks to Tim Babb for setting up the RSS feed on the website.  Visit his webpage and enter his February Giveaway for some cool stuff!

Brian – Doing a lot of modeling in SketchUp.

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Main Topic

Designing furniture and styles that influence our making.

Listener emails/questions

Ryan Parrish asks about our design process.  Follow him on Twitter @parrishryan

Seth Messer asks about jointing boards without a jointer.  Follow him on Twitter @megalithic

Elliott – Howdy y’all,

Elliott Trent here from sunny England, just a response to your most recent episode. You talked a bit about ‘compound edges’ and I think there could’ve been a slight misunderstanding. If the emailer was referring to the right honorable Paul Sellers, I’m pretty sure what he meant was a convex bevel, this being a curve down to edge from the top of the bevel (as opposed to flat 25 or 30 degrees) – not a cambered edge from side to side  like you’d see on a jack plane. Most tools were sharpened with a convex bevel until the advent of fancy honing guides.

Enjoying the show! Nice to see how you guys do it over there, I love how you think wood is expensive, you should see the prices here!

All the best, Keep up the good work!

Bryson – First of all thanks to all of you guys for putting this podcast together. I love listening to it while I’m toiling away at my day job and dreaming of being in the shop.

In episode 5 you read a comment from Marty about cambered edges on tools. He mentioned using the sharpening technique taught by Paul Sellers. When you guys were discussing it, it sounded like you were talking about a camber or radius on the cutting edge, but Sellers’ method (referring to chisels specifically) involves a camber not on the cutting edge but on the actual bevel. The camber is produced almost as a side effect of the slight forward and backward rocking that naturally happens when sharpening by hand without a guide. The cutting edge of the chisel is straight, but the bevel has a slight camber, which is perpendicular to the axis of the cutting edge. Hope that makes sense, it’s a little tricky to describe and hell I may be misunderstanding it myself. If you watch Paul Sellers’ videos on sharpening he does a very good job of explaining it.

Thanks for taking the time to read my email and keep up the good work on the podcast!

Barak – Hi Guys, Barak from Israel here,

I have a question about the “timeline” of sanding. What I mean, is what happens if I wait (lets say over night or even a few days) between grits, do I need to sand again from a lower numbered grit or can I start from where I left off. How much does the answer varies between wood species and humidity levels (I live about 2 miles from the beach).

Will using a card scraper “seal the fibers”

Keep up the good work (collectively and individually). Sound quality is much better.

iTunes Ratings

HappyCreekWood – 5 Stars:  These guys have great chemistry and their love for woodworking  shows.  I especially like how they each have different backgrounds to bring to the table.  Brian has a full time job, Sean is a stay at home dad, and Kyle is a full time woodworking pro.  That literally illustrates every stage in the path that I see myself going down, so this podcast really resonates with me personally.  Keep up the good work!  I’d give you 6 stars if they’d let me.

Nickkoval – 5 Stars:  I saw the explicit rating and expected to hear drunken sailor talk.  This was actually quite tame.  Seriously though, we are all adults here.  I have my 5 year-old daughter out in the shop with me all the time.  If she hears a “bad word” that is an opportunity to be a parent and explain the difference about what is appropriate for her to say as opposed for me.  After listening to the reasoning for the rating in episode 4 the rating is really not needed.  People will listen either way.  You can’t please everyone.  You guys get a little better each episode.  Keep up the good work.

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