Episode 015: The Variety Show

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What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle –  Made a valet for a local parking company.

Sean –  Cut out the crest rail for the bed and gave the compass plane a test drive.  Began work on the turning saw.  Ron Hock is offering free shipping on any order containing a kitchen knife kit.  Check that out here.  Tim Babb, Woodworking Maniak, is hosting a Giveaway on his page.  Check that out here to win a Work Sharp Tools WS3000.

Brian – Worked on a hall table, cut some half blind dovetails for the 3 drawer fronts.

Main Topic – What would be your Woodworking Super Power?  Sean uses a 93-1/2″ x 1/2″ Lenox Tri-Master Carbide Tipped Bandsaw Blade in his 14″ Grizzly bandsaw.  This is not an affiliate link.

Listener emails/questions

Guest Questions

Michael Morley – Asks us about quality cutting tools vs. cheaper “disposable” tools (bandsaw and tablesaw blades, router bits, drill bits, etc.)  Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and visit his website.

Nate Crilly – Asks us how to grow a YouTube Channel.  Follow him on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.


Ron Baker – Wanted to know about cutting small parts with a track saw, how to cut your own veneer, and how to glue it to a surface without a vacuum press.

Riley Vicic – Riley left a nice “review” for us, again.

Brian Prusa – Asks Kyle if he knows Sasquatch’s long lost cousin?  Here you go, Brian.


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iTunes Ratings

Miter Mike’s Woodshop – 5 Stars – You know I packed my The Dusty Life podcast shirt to show support and wear while you did your podcast, I am very disappointed that I took up space in my luggage…oh well I had a blast with Kyle and Sean, can’t wait for the next one when Brian will be there…LOL.  Keep up the great work.

Daveborg98 – 5 Stars – These guys do a great job at taking what some people can make boring and create great content with it.  There are few things that can take my son’s attention off of his classic country music but this is one show that does.  At 8 years-old, it gives him insight and the opportunity to occasionally teach about not repeating everything we hear 🙂  Keep it up guys.  P.S. Thanks, Kyle, for making my son VERY cautious around the router table as it scares him every time I us it…he thinks it will chew up my pinky at any moment.

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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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