Episode 007: Multifunction Machines

Whats Going on in the Shop

Kyle – Working on turning the torus, tap handles, and table tops.

Sean – Made the template for the headboard crest rail.  Finishing an end grain cutting board. Working on filming the Make it Forward wrap up video.  Working with a graphic designer to get shirts made.


Brian – Dovetailed box for his wife.

Main Topic – Multipurpose Machines

Combination machines and our thoughts about them.

Listener emails/questions

Live Calls

Neil Cronk – Asks what our bucket list projects are.  Check out his work at cronkwrightwoodshop.com and on Twitter.  Neil also has a new video on hand cut dovetails here and you can see his question from Twitter here.

Ryan Smith – Asks if we have any moments of clarity or frustration during a build. Follow Ryan on Twitter.

Mark Dolan – Asks if we get bored on one project and work on more than one thing at a time.  Follow Mark on Twitter and visit his Etsy store.


Stein – Hi!  I was listening to TDL 006, and heard your suggestions for jointing.  I would add that you can do this all with any of the bench planes, for instance a No. 4 or 5.  Paul Sellers has videos on what you need to make the plane work, and how to flatten and joint the wood.  I have done my woodworking this way for ~2 years now, it works just fine.  Also, Shannon Rogers on youtube has an interesting method he calls hybrid milling, where he combines hand planes with a planer. It’s worth checking out.

John – I’ve been enjoying the podcasts and look forward to each new episode, keep them coming.  I’m a noob when it comes to selecting complementary and contrasting woods in projects.  What are your favorites and which ones do you avoid?  Any and all guidelines, recommendations, and suggestions are most welcome.

Thanks, and keep up the good work.

John from snowy Boston

iTunes Ratings

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Bwirthlin – 5 Stars: By my own admission, I’m not a big consumer of podcasts.  I just don’t seem to find the time to listen to them.  I have most definitely made an exception for The Dusty Life!  I have enjoyed the progression of the show so far and can’t wait to see where they take it in the future.  The hosts are awesome and all have their own different take on woodworking, so combined they make up a great group.  Keep up the great work guys!

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