Episode 060: How Do You Fix That?

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, Nick Hinson, and Dave Barlow!  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, Eric Schneider, Joe Pierce, Kyle Walker, Daniel Mendoza, Michael Jeffcoat, Kyle Thomas, Bruce Cooper, and Steve Avery for your support on Patreon as well.

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What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Guest on the Reclaimed Audio Podcast.

Sean – Still working on the walnut mid century modern bed and night stands.  Did some veneering. Released a video on flush trimming at the table saw.

Brian – Played farmer

Main Topic – What to do when things go wrong?

Guest Question: 

Keith Decent – How do we plan our builds?  Drawings/renderings/etc.?  Also, do we ever build other people’s designs?  Follow Keith on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments:

Matt – Homies! Two turning questions… I’m trying out segmented turning for the first time. It’s a really heavy investment in time… Kyle, when you stack your rings on the lathe, how long do you wait between adding layers? If you’re going to turn the pieces as you go, how long do you let the glue cure? Second, and only semi-related… is there any good use for a turning tool when it can’t be sharpened anymore? My first bowl gouge just got to the point where the sharpening jig doesn’t have enough flute to grab onto anymore… thanks fellas!!

James – Hey guys!

 I love listening to the podcast and keeping up with all your projects, keep it up!
You guys have given me inspiration to take on more and more commissions lately and that is awesome! But I’ve been finding out that people hate the word “plywood”. High quality veneered plywood is a great option, as you guys know, for keeping the price down and making stable furniture. It seems, however, that anytime I bring up using plywood in a piece, no matter how I explain it, people look at me like I’ve just insulted them!
I know that you guys use plywood in some high quality builds (Credenza/prism table) and I’m wondering how you go about discussing that with the client without scaring them off.
Whether it gets answered or not, you guys have been a huge inspiration to me, and I appreciate all of your content and advice. You’re helping out the nights and weekends folks a lot each week!
Dyami – What’s a good white stain that will still show the wood grain.
Tim – Track saw v Table saw v Bandsaw.  Which order do you buy them in as a new woodworker?
ManCrafting – Are we going to Atlanta for The Woodworking Show in April?
iTunes Ratings

Kevin Pomer – Short Review – 5 Stars – You guys are awesome!  Thanks for a great podcast!

Spencer Street – Helping Kyle Out – 5 Stars – A great podcast to listen to when you can’t be in your shop getting dusty.  Keep up the great work!

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 by becoming a monthly patron to help us keep this bus rolling.

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Episode 059: Questions and Answers

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, Eric Schneider, Joe Pierce, Kyle Walker, Daniel Mendoza, Michael Jeffcoat, Kyle Thomas, Bruce Cooper, and Steve Avery for your support on Patreon as well.

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What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Finished the graffiti table.  Finished the wenge ring base.  New base for the knot.  Worked on the Flower of Life table.  Going to shoot a video at the YouTube Space.

Sean – Still working on the walnut mid century modern bed and night stands.  Played with the Festool PRO 5 sander.  Nonprofit Organization papers sent to the Sec. of State.

Brian – Delivered the Prism table and made a video.  Guest on Woodshop 101.

Main Topic – Q & A with each other and from Twitter

Guest Question: 

Tim Webster – What are our thoughts on a multi purpose shop, e.g. woodshop, metal shop, welding, 3D printing, CNC, laser cutters, etc.  Follow Tim on Instagram.

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments:

Matt – Guys – Great podcast as always.  This podcast is one of my favorites.  I listened to podcast #58, about how to  price your work for the local market.  One approach that you didn’t discuss is “value-based” pricing.  In b-school they taught us there are basically two approaches to pricing:  1) cost plus (labor + materials + mark-up), and 2) value based pricing or what is the value created for the consumer.

There is a good book called “Make Art Make Money”, https://www.amazon.com/Make-Art-Money-Lessons-Creative-ebook/dp/B00EVAAE6A and another good book called “The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World” (https://www.amazon.com/Gift-Creativity-Artist-Modern-World/dp/0307279502) with the thesis of each book trying to explain the economics of selling art and how artists often sell their pieces of work for less than it truly costs and therefore are giving gifts to their buyers.    The first book basically explains what is somewhat intuitive after you read it, but that you can never really sell one-of-a-kind pieces using the cost-plus approach to pricing as it will wind up being to expensive and therefore if you plan to make money you need to plan on making replicas of it to allow you to amortize your design and tooling costs over multiple pieces.
So I would suggest that another approach to pricing to consider is the value based pricing.  When a customer asks you to build a custom piece of furniture, do some market research to see what it would cost them to buy something similar retail that is non-custom.  That should set the floor for what you should price your custom piece due to the substitution effect.  From there you can adjust the price upward based upon the additional value created through the handcrafted process.  Market and position your work more like art and less like a commodity and you should be able to get better margins.
Easier said than done, as people are often price sensitive.
Anyway, great show and my $.02 on pricing
Matt from Team Puffball of Puffball Designs

Bruce Cooper – Hey guys,

The 16×9 shop is a palace compared to my 52 square foot shop. I get by with pretty much only hand tools and a hand held router. I am able to make table top projects and some wood carvings but I am looking at making a coffee table for the house. I am very limited with floor space so all my tools have a home mounted on the wall or in my cabinet.  If I need any larger material cut I can use my back yard or I get the lumber yard to cut it to size. The back yard is hard to use in Canada so for 6 months of the year if it doesn’t fit in my shop I have to wait. I also wait until spring for finishing so I can do it outside unless I have a Christmas present, then the bathroom with the vent is my substitute. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
Check it out here.
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iTunes Ratings

MasterOfNone.tv – fun to listen even if you are allergic to dust – 5 Stars – I just finished binge listening to all 57 episodes and installed iTunes on my computer just to leave a review, that’s how fun this podcast is.  What are you waiting for?  Hit that subscribe button.  Utkan, Master of None (from the YouTubes)

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 by becoming a monthly 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.

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 058: Pricing Your Local Market

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, Eric Schneider, Joe Pierce, Kyle Walker, Daniel Mendoza, Michael Jeffcoat, and Kyle Thomas for your support on Patreon as well.

New t-shirts and hoodies for sale on the website.  Claim yours now!

What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Finished the book cases, started a ring box, and saved the world.

Sean – Still working on the walnut mid century modern bed and night stands.  Filed paperwork to start a Nonprofit Organization.

Brian – Was a guest on the Woodshop 101 Podcast.  Delivered the prism table base.

Main Topic – Pricing your local market

Guest Question: 

Ty Moser – What would you do if you had unlimited resources?  What did you want to be when you were younger?  Check out Ty at his website, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments:

Mark Dolan – Do you prefer gloss, semi-gloss, or satin finishes and does affect what you sell your client?

Red Walker – I’m tedddddddddds from the review in the last episode. I’m not sure where iTunes got that name from because my name is Red with only one “d”. Anyways thanks for the shirt. Keep up the good work.

Adam Beasley – Hey Sean!  Thanks for the shout out on the last podcast!

If anyone on the show wants a follow up on how the “Tiny Shop Nation” gets stuff done, I can tell you.
My shop is only 9’x16′ and is an old corrugated metal garage.  Everything is either on rollers or is mobile and stored against the walls like my drill press, oscillating sander or scroll saw. I’m still able to do pretty much everything in the shop because the 16′ gives quite a bit of room to work with.  I do use my RIDGID 10″ contractors saw for my table saw.  If it comes down to big cuts of plywood, I just use a Kreg Rip cut with a circular saw outdoors.  Otherwise, I have a RIDGID Sliding Miter saw that can accommodate pretty much anything indoors with the mobile stand I put it on.  I have a stand alone jointer and router table that do need to be moved strategically if I’m going to run anything through that’s more than a few feet long.  The only real issue I have is when running lumber through the thickness planer it gets tricky with anything that’s over 6′.  So I mainly just run that outside.
As far as projects in that space, I’ve yet to have an issue with anything that doesn’t fit.  From 8 foot dining room tables, to door and desks, the only restriction I have is the width of my door.  I also store my unused lumber up high on wall racks.  Not a ton, but enough if I need it quick.
Thanks Again!
Adam

iTunes Ratings

DrHomer2U – Brilliant – 5 Stars – Best Podcast to listen to sitting on a tailgate with a cold beer knocking the sawdust off.

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 by becoming a monthly 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.

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.