Episode 036: Low Pay is Still Pay, Part 2

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Check out the new page for the Bench Build-Off going on now through September 18th.

MWA/WT Meet Up at Cincinnati during WIA on Thursday from 5-8 at Christian Moerlein Brewing Co., 1621 Moore St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – 120 Tap handles, do or die art, more Disneyland stuff.  Made some legs for couches for customers.  Went on vacation over the weekend.

Sean – Working on the 4 bar stools.  The legs are glued up with the seats.  Time to attach the stretchers and begin shaping.

Brian – Building the Roubo bench for the Bench Build Off.

Special Hop-In Guest Matt Cremona – Working on the Saw mill.

Main Topic –  Taking jobs just because you need the money and the downside of doing so.

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

Chris Schoblocher – Grinding new bevels on gouges?  Follow Chris on Twitter and YouTube (future videos coming).

Email/Comments:

Chris – Hello Boys, first of all, great podcast!  I really appreciate the well balanced backgrounds of the group and Kyle’s experience with turning which compliments the woodworking background of the group which sets this podcast apart from the rest.

My question for you- I’ve been turning for 2 years and have turned 2 segmented small bowls.  I enjoy the visual appeal of contrasting woods as much as the next person which is where I think the “sexy” allure comes from.  The question is this- in order to achieve that contrasting appearance between segments giving the brick and mortar appearance, what is the extent of material options to set off different segments?  For example, am I limited in trying to rip 1/32″ slices of contrasting wood to get that effect between rings or individual segments or can I use something else?  I’ve thought about black construction paper, card stock, even felt glued between layers of wood with CA glue to instill some structural rigidity.  Also, if something other than wood can be used, does that influence a movement away from yellow glue to something else like CA glue?  I’m not looking to reinvent the wheel so suggestions are welcomed.  There’s something about thin black lines outlining segments that I hope to practice.

Thanks for a great show and all the wisdom masked in entertainment!  Keep up the great work!

Chris

In Madison, Wisconsin

Spencer – Hey dudes, a few episodes back and about every couple episodes in one of the woodworking podcasts we all listen to we hear a questions about sharpening, methods, grits and so on. Well I never really understood the differences between “grits” on sand paper, diamond stones, water stones and what’s actually going on. But then I found this article online from Chris Schwarz on popular woodworking where he shed some light on it and also included this really handy chart that broke down all the main manufacturers and what their grits or coarseness actually means in terms of not sharp to sharp. It’s all measured in the term microns and once I read this it began to make sense. He does a better job than I could explaining it so here’s the link. Hope it help clarify for someone else who may be scratching their head like I was. Thanks guys for what you do!

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 iTunes Ratings
pike0x1A4- One of my favorites! – 5 Stars – These guys are awesome like your favorite meal or that time you got a free weekend in the shop without interruption.  Maybe even better than having that epic “I told you so” moment with your significant other, or better yet, your boss.  These guys will keep you entertained whether you are doing yard work, busy in the shop, or in the car trying to ignore the kids.  Any way you look at it, this is a good podcast to subscribe to and be a patron of.
GG807 – Love it! – 5 stars  – The Dusty Life Guys give great insights in an approachable way.  Out of the many maker/woodworker podcasts, this is one of my favorites.

 

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Episode 023: Building Your Dream Shop

Thank you, Tracy Alexander, Stu Morrison, Scott McWilliams, Elliot Trent, Michael Schuler, and Matt Kummell our top Patrons on Patreon!  You too can support the show by purchasing a T-Shirt, donating, or become a monthly patron.

Thanks to Marshall Toy, Scott Haun, and Sebastian Ollari for your support on Patreon as well.

Check out the new page for the Bench Build-Off kicking off soon.

What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – The Torus won second at the Del Mar Fair Design in Wood.  Turned 120 tap handles, made a bar in the show room.

Sean – Headboard is almost finished.  Make it Forward project has been shipped and the video released (below).  Made a point tool for turning.  Got a load of sweet gum from Bob.  Made a handle for the saw handle makers rasp.  Modeled and made plans available for a  Kids Nicholson Bench and the Nicholson Bench he will make during the Bench Build Off.

Brian – Gave away a ton of scrap wood to make space for the new lumber purchase for the commissions.  Finished the rustic bar top.  Waiting for a stain choice.  Hung the air cleaner.  A friend stopped by and turned a small baseball bat.  Made some diamond plates for the WorkSharp 3000.

Ryan Smith – House projects.  Follow Ryan Smith on Twitter, Instagram,

Main Topic – Setting up shop for the first time.  What is needed and where do things go?

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

Johnny Tromboukis calls in to discuss the email below.  Check out Johnny’s Etsy store, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter.

Email/Comments:

Johnny Tromboukis – Hey fellow dusty people!

I recently got commissioned to make some table caddies (the thing that holds all the condiments on a table at a restaurant). I have a unique design where each item has a specific home. I have to drill 4 different sized holes ranging from 1 1/2″ – 2 1/4″ an inch deep in cherry. Even with the 1 1/2″ forstner bit on the slowest speed on my drill press (250 rpm) it gets really hot after drilling just one hole. If I were making a couple of these, it wouldn’t be a problem but I have to make 35 of them and drill 140 holes. Is there something I’m doing wrong??

Thanks guys. Love the show
Johnny Tromboukis

Tom Balzamo – Hey guys! I’m pretty new to the podcast. Good stuff, fellas! I just listened to episode 10 where Kyle suggested using a card scraper inside a bowl at low rpm. I would never question the turning expertise of THE Kyle Toth, seriously, but I actually did use a card scraper inside a segmented bowl back in 2007 or 2008 and almost lost my thumb.

I have the same lathe as Kyle and was making a 14 inch maple and walnut segmented bowl. I was using the scraper inside the bowl with the lathe at the lowest rpm, when a one-in-a-million thing happened. The scraper was just at the right angle inside to where it was able to wedge itself in the very bottom of the bowl in the area where the bottom of the bowl slopes up to the side wall. I still can’t figure out how it fit like that. Instantly, it became a propeller, and my hand was in it! Even at the low rpm it was enough to lay open a sizable portion of the back of my thumb down to the bone.

It was an unusual enough injury that Woodcraft Magazine published it in their workshop mishaps column. I always wanted to have my work published in a magazine, but this wasn’t quite how I saw it going in my mind. At least for using the story I got a free Leigh dovetail jig out of it. I know the odds of that happening to anyone again are probably pretty slim, but thought I’d come forward as living proof that bowl turning can and sometimes does give birth to the weird and inexplicable. Turn safe, my friends. Anyways, keep up the good work guys!

 Blessings!
Thomas Balzamo
Twitter @tbalzamo
 iTunes Ratings

Donnie Carter – 5 Stars – Awesome Podcast – Down to earth usable info!  Three talented guys that know what they are talking about!  Most of the time anyways!  A really awesome Podcast!

Jnieto19 – 5 Stars – Total Awesomeness –  Well I could crap all over the show and have Toth Toth read it like his latest video…but no, Ya’ll guys rock!  Love hearing each episode on my long drive to work.  And yes, having the callers does make you different from everyone else.  It’s great hearing Ya’ll take the time to get to know and work with all the rest of us makers and woodworkers!

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Episode 021: So You Bought a Lathe…

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What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Finished 30+ tap handles, worked on the Leopard back splash for a bar, finished vase 95 and the video.  Started more tap handles for refuge.

Sean – Made a chisel mallet (video below), worked on the bed, and the Make it Forward Project.  It is official: seanrubino.com is the new domain redirect for spunjinworks.com.

Brian – Twiddled his thumbs and a client brought material for a bar top.

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Scott Haun – Just got a lathe.  Finished a concrete end table commission.  Follow Scott on Twitter, Instagram, his YouTube channel, and visit his website.

Wolverine Grinding Jig

Ron Brown’s Grinding System

Main Topic – What to look for in a lathe as a new wood turner.

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

None…

Email/Comments:

Trevor Hillman – I am a few weeks behind, but I am enjoying your podcast. It might be the audio player but sound quality is sometimes an issue, that or Kyle needs to get a new mic. In all seriousness though, wanted to recommend the Gramercy rasps over at tools for working wood. I really enjoy mine and you can also get a saw makers rasp over there as well, great stuff. Keep up the great show.

Nick – Guys, I’m enjoying the podcast – I like the unique aspects that separate it from the other podcasts out there and make it a great contribution to the community.

Re: the bench build off, I recently finished my split top Roubo.  I made a dorky video with a few additions to the top flattening process using a router sled.
Here’s the link:
Thanks, and keep up the good work.
Nick

iTunes Ratings

RWKUSTOMS – 5 Stars – Amazing Podcast – Definitely check these guys out!  Very inspiring and professional podcast.  I just got my Dusty Life T-Shirt in the mail and I’m happy to support the show.  Keep up the good work!

Speedy’s Woodshop – 5 Stars – Great Stuff! –  As a fellow woodworker/maker there is nothing better than to listen to people deal with the same issues you do.  There is something to learn from this podcast.  Great job, Guys! -Speedy

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 018: What Do We Watch?

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What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Turned vase 95. Made some Tap Handles.  Filmed a video for TurboTax.  Made a video on making riser blocks for the lathe head and tail stocks.

Sean – Pattern routed one side of the headboard crest rail.  Finished the turning saw.  Cut some dovetails and worked on cleaning up an old back saw.  Made a glow stick lightsaber handle for a friend’s daughter and released the video.   

 

Brian – Practiced a small segmented turned bowl.  Got a commission for a huge Padauk slab coffee table, worked on cleaning up the hall table in preparation for stain and finish.

Main Topic – What do we watch, read, and listen to in order to gain knowledge or pass the time.  Links to the following sources we mentioned are below.

Sean – YouTube: Paul Sellers, Graham Haydon, Nick Ferry, and Brian Noel.

Books: Workbenches from Design & Theory to Construction & Use by Christopher Schwarz

Kyle – YouTube: Jay Bates

Podcasts: Planet Money, Ted Radio Hour, and Song Exploder.

Audio books: When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead by Jerry Weintraub, Rich Cohen, George Clooney (foreword)

Brian – YouTube: Jimmy DiResta, Bob Clagett, David Picciuto, David Waelder, John Heisz, Laura Kampf, Rod Reyes, Marc Spagnuolo, James Wright, Matthias Wandel, Collin Furze.

Podcasts: Smart Passive Income, and other woodworking podcasts

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions

Rian Corcoran – How to mitigate snipe on smaller lunchbox planers?  Follow him on Twitter, Instagram, and check out his Etsy store.

Email/Comments

Stu Morrison – Hey guys,
What are your views on CNC routers in traditional wood shops and would you consider this kind of tool (CNC router/ laser) to be a help or a hindrance to your work flow?  I have been binge listening to the show over the past few days and I’m hearing at least one thing during each show that makes me want to go check out what you’re doing on each of your individual pages.  Think there might be a collective Facebook page for the show where I could look at all of it at once in the future?

Davis Farris – Hey Sean, Kyle, and Brian,
I love listening to the show.  Great content and I always seem to learn something.
I have a question for Brian.  Where’s the complete guitar?!?!  I’m dying.  I mean, I that’s how I found you in YouTube, looking for guitar builds, and I was so excited.  Then, I was let down.  Alright, alright, alright, maybe I’ve gone overboard.  But seriously, I’d like to even see some shots of the finished product if video is out of the question.  If Brian didn’t mention the harbor freight rasps I probably would have forgot.
Regardless, I’ll still watch and follow each of you and continue listening to The Dusty Life. Keep on living the dusty life!

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iTunes Ratings

Ms0099rg – 5 Stars – Holy Balls!! Great Podcast! –  Holy Balls!! Kyle, how did I not know about this podcast until recently!!  These guys are great.  You get the best of all stages of woodworking.  Hobbyist, part-time, to full-time.  Guys, keep up the great work!  So much to learn from these guys.  Thanks for this fun/knowledgeable podcast!  Matt Sosnowski

ZeroThreeQuarter – 5 Stars – Best New Woodworking Podcast Bar None – Seems a crop of woodworking podcasts have launched as of late, The Dusty Life is bar none the best of them lately!  Great hosts, not a lot of wandering/going off topic, solid topics, great pointers, info, and a variety of opinions.  Keep up the good work!  This is definitely a podcast I look forward to on a weekly basis.  ZeroThreeQuarter

 If you have comments, questions, or suggested topics for future shows you can email us at contact@thedustylife.com.  Follow the show on Twitter @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 003: Tool and Material Acqusition

What’s going on in the shop this week and new content going up on YouTube/Websites.

Sean – Daughter’s bed, metal leafed art piece, new aprons, and the Make It Forward project (@makeitforward on Twitter: Follow @markspens, @mccauleysdesign, @improbableconstruct, @JimmyDiResta, @seanrubino, and @ironface5).

Kyle – The kitchen table,Sprinter van interior, and the Taurus.

Brian – Butterfly leaf dining table and McCauley’s Design Community website stuff.  Guy Dunlap’s butterfly leaf dining table playlist that Brian mentioned in the episode can be found here.

Main Topic:

What to purchase first when getting started: more tools or more material, buy new or used, buy cheap or quality?  When is it cost effective to buy used or cheap tools?  If buying used tools do they need to be refurbished?  Are cheap tools meant to be used for one project or kept?

iTunes ratings:

Artzgirl56 – A new podcast for me to subscribe to.  These guys keep it interesting.

codemonkeyww – One of my favorite podcasts on woodworking available.  I really enjoy these guys!!!  I’m looking forward to more great content from them in the future.  Also check out all their YouTube channels, even more great content.

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