Episode 040: New Tools vs Old Tools

We want to thank our top Patrons on Patreon: Stu Morrison, Scott McWilliams, Elliot Trent, Michael Schuler, Matt Kummell, and Ty Moser!  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, or a monthly group or individual hangout where we cut up and talk shop.

Thanks to Marshall Toy, Scott Haun, Sebastian Ollari, Justin Capogna, Matt Cremona, Nick Carruthers, Robert Bakie, Joseph Muench, Tim Holiner, Dave Bebee, Brodie Brickey, Taylor Craig, Modern Builds (Mike Montgomery), Eric Burke for your support on Patreon as well.

What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Finished the kitchen cart and published the video.  98th vase is working.

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Sean – Stools are getting finish wiped on.  Video on shaping the seats with the ArborTech TURBOPlane.

Brian – Almost finished with the Roubo Bench.

Main Topic – New Tools vs Old Tools

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

Jonathan Ficke – Thoughts on restoring old hand planes.  Follow Jonathan on Twitter, check out his website, and his Etsy shop. 

Playlist of Paul Sellers’ Bench Plane Restoration Videos

Email/Comments:

Alex – Hey guys, In the last episode, one of you suggested diluting shellac with mineral spirits.  I think you meant denatured alcohol.  Mineral spirits could be used with poly or oil but not shellac to my knowledge (and my dad’s experience).
Great show!
Cheers
Alex

Josh – I’m getting ready to build a twin size loft bed for my son using SPF from Home Depot.  I’m using plans from Ana White’s camp loft bed and also taking some elements from Jay Bates’ bunk bed.

Anyway, I am still trying to decide on what finish I should use on it.  I feel like it needs some kind of color besides just a poly on it.  I also don’t want to spend too much time applying finish to it.  I will more than likely put general finishes satin arm-r-seal on it or minwax wipe on poly.  I know that Marc Spags has gotten great results from both.  Should I try and put on a gel stain or could I even add a dye to the first coat of poly?  Also, how much poly could I expect to have to use on it?  Would one quart be enough?

Any other tips on finishing something this big?  I really don’t want to screw it up.

Thanks so much!

Josh Luther

iTunes Ratings

Chancey Stufflebeam – Great Show – 5 Stars – The guys are always fun and a ton of knowledge.  Thanks for the content both here and on YouTube.  Keep up the good stuff.
Hillviewwm – 3 Cool Dudes – 5 stars  – Kyle, Sean, and Brian do a great job delivering awesome woodworking content each week!

 

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 a t-shirt, clicking the donate button for a one-time donation, or become a patron to help us keep this bus rolling.

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Episode 039: Are You a Pro?

We want to thank our top Patrons on Patreon: Stu Morrison, Scott McWilliams, Elliot Trent, Michael Schuler, Matt Kummell, Ty Moser, and Jim Rumsey!  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, or a monthly group or individual hangout where we cut up and talk shop.

Thanks to Marshall Toy, Scott Haun, Sebastian Ollari, Justin Capogna, Matt Cremona, Nick Carruthers, Robert Bakie, Joseph Muench, Tim Holiner, Dave Bebee, Brodie Brickey, Taylor Craig, Modern Builds (Mike Montgomery), Eric Burke for your support on Patreon as well.

Check out the new page for the Bench Build-Off going on now through September.

What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Moving into the new apartment.  Kitchen cart in white oak and copper pipe. LAMCA trip.

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Sean – Stool building is continuing and ahead of schedule.  Made a video on improving your clamp handles.

Brian – Roubo build is going strong!

Main Topic – Professionalism vs. Being a Pro.

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

David Gunn – Do you plan out your videos in advance or do you base your videos on your commissions/projects for yourself?  What are the pros and cons of planning vs commissioned piece videos?  Follow David on Twitter, Instagram, and check out his YouTube channel.

Email/Comments:

What type of respirators do you guys wear?

Steve – I’ve been making  a clip board for my wife, she picked out morado and bloodwood at the lumber store.  Looks awesome, but the finish is curing.  I’m using varathanes polyurethane out of a spray can.  Meanwhile the bloodwood dried fine.  Any reason why, my though was oil in the wood?  Is there a solution if this is the case?  Thanks guys!

Steve Dale @grain_creations on Instagram

Correction to the answer:  Use Denatured Alcohol in the Bulls Eye Seal Coat Dewaxed Shellac to dilute it, not Mineral Spirits.

iTunes Ratings

Keep making it – Worth the listen EVERY week – 5 Stars – Dusty Life Podcast is getting better and better each week.  The three hosts do a very good job imparting their knowledge and experience to the listener.  Love the call ins with the other woodworkers as well.  Whether it’s in the car or in the shop, The Dusty Life is eagerly anticipated each week.  Keep up the good work!  Mark from the Old Plank Woodworks
Mike Montgomery – . – 5 stars  – This is a good podcast.

 

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 a t-shirt, clicking the donate button for a one-time donation, or become a 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 038: Patron Questions Answered

We want to thank our top Patrons, Stu Morrison, Scott McWilliams, Elliot Trent, Michael Schuler, Matt Kummell, Ty Moser, and Jim Rumsey!  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, or a monthly group or individual hangout where we cut up and talk shop.

Thanks to Marshall Toy, Scott Haun, Sebastian Ollari, Justin Capogna, Matt Cremona, Nick Carruthers, Robert Bakie, Joseph Muench, Tim Holiner, Dave Bebee, Brodie Brickey and Taylor Craig for your support on Patreon as well.

Check out the new page for the Bench Build-Off going on now through September

What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Marketing plan from College students.  Picture frames for Jimmy DiResta’s flyers.  Finished the Burl Card Box and the 97th vase.

Sean – Working on finishing the preparations for finishing the legs.

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Brian – Wagon vise installed, jointer sold to Miter Mike.

Main Topic – Patron questions are answered.

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

None…

Email/Comments:

Taylor – Hey guys, I’m sort of at the point of the year where I like to budget for next year’s larger tool purchases, and one thing that looks to be on the horizon this year is lathe.  A family member of mine has around 100 acres of forested area, primarily oak and hickory with some walnut and cherry sprinkled throughout.  It’s located about 4 hours from me, so I would like to figure out a way to take advantage of the material.  A portable mill vs Alaskan mill is something I would take a little more time into researching, so creating blanks seems like a good way of making use of the material for now.

I’ve never used a lathe, but I’m anxious to try some bowls and other display type projects. But I keep running into forum posts stating how terrible oak and hickory are to turn. Hickory is hard, and oak is fiber-y — I get that, but will they be an inescapable frustration?
Curious to hear if any of you (particularly that Master Turner fella) have experience turning either material and if I should factor their characteristics  into what I’m looking for in my first lathe?
I know it’s already a long email, but writing that last bit made me think of I another topic — when can someone consider themselves a “Master”.  I don’t know Kyle but he seems like he’ll be last in line to give himself the label of “Master Turner”, but from where I’m sitting…at worst he’s 3 vases and an obligatory book away 😉

 

iTunes Ratings

Ash_crack – Dope podcast – 5 Stars – Dope podcast.
D:Roy – Keeping it to 15 words – 5 stars  – Great show, great content, great hosts.  One of my favorites, always listen.  Please subscribe now.

 

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 a t-shirt, clicking the donate button for a one-time donation, or become a 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.