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.

 

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Episode 036: Low Pay is Still Pay, Part 2

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, and Dave Bebee for your support on Patreon as well.

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 035: Low Pay is Still Pay

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, and Dave Bebee for your support on Patreon as well.

Check out the new page for the Bench Build-Off kicking off August 28th – 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 – Disneyland took their stuff.  More tap handles were ordered from Refuge Brewery, delivered the Pedestal Table.

Sean – Finished the Cement Bench for the #Quikrete1BagWonder Challenge.  Made a trip to Peterman Lumber for the Cherry and Douglas Fir for the 4 stools.

Brian – Returned from camping trip.  Went to IWF for a day.   Got another order for the Credenza in a different width.

Main Topic –  Taking jobs just because you need the money even though it may not be worth it.

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

Ty Moser – Regrets on jobs?  Follow Ty on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and visit his site.

Email/Comments:

None…

 iTunes Ratings
FluxCubby – Real Talk About Shop – 5 Stars – The best thing about this podcast is listening to the pros talk about the issues, problems, and frustrations the rest of us have in our shops every day.  It’s very encouraging to hear Brian, Kyle, and Sean talk about underestimating time requirements, mis-sizing pieces, or having close calls with safety–not that we want these things to happen, but it’s nice to know I’m not the only one who can’t get as much done in one day as I often think I can.  Thanks for taking time to talk through your every day experiences.  They have tremendous value to me and others who are learning the craft.
the_viking – 10 Words to Awesome – 5 stars  – One… two… three… four… five… six… seven…eight…nine…ten…Awesome!!!

 

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Episode 030: The Point of No Return

We want to thank our top Patrons, Tracy Alexander, Stu Morrison, Scott McWilliams, Elliot Trent, Michael Schuler, and Matt Kummell!  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 with us where we cut up and talk shop.

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

Guy Dunlap is offering a chisel cabinet in a giveaway.

Check out the new page for the Bench Build-Off kicking off August 28th – September 18th.

What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Working on the trains, landed a commission for an oval pedestal table.

Sean – Finished the bed!  Planning a segmented vase for a friend.  Designed a stool for an upcoming project, plans available with a minimal donation for a limited time as preparations to film and build are being made.  Finished hanging soundboard and drywall in furnace closet.

Brian – Walnut door is out and at the client’s house.  Working on the credenza doors and drawers, potentially got a commission for a trestle table.

Main Topic – The Point of No Return.  When we realized we would be doing this forever.

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

David Lenz – David asks about painting furniture pieces and how to finish painted pieces.  Follow David on Twitter, Facebook, and check out his website.

Email/Comments:

Jeremy – Good show guys, good to know I’m not the only one struggling with the work-life-woodworking (or my phone) balance.
Question on your bench build:  Is this meant to be start-to-finished within that time-line, or just finishing?  I have been on-again-off-again working on a bench for a while, and could probably finish it up in that time frame.
Thanks

iTunes Ratings

None…

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 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!

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), social media platforms, and YouTube channels, subscribe, and spread the word to friends, family, and coworkers.

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Episode 021: So You Bought a Lathe…

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

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.

Check out our individual websites (mccauleysdesign.com, woodbytoth.com, and seanrubino.com), social media platforms, and 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 016: The Pocket Hole Hypothesis

Thank you, Tracy Alexander and Marshall Toy, for your support on Patreon!  Purchase a T-Shirt, donate, or become a monthly patron to show your support as well.

What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Turned vase 94 and made a sign for a client.

Sean – Procrastinated on making the headboard.  Worked on the turning saw side project.  Cut some dovetails and added a rack to the joinery bench.

Brian –  Worked on the hall table drawers. Bought a strop wheel for the Work Sharp 3000.  Going to try out TransTint Dye on the drawer fronts.

Main Topic – Pocket Hole Joinery

Listener emails/questions

Guest Questions

Marshall – How do we creatively cover up mistakes?  Catch him on YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram.  Here are a couple shots of his table.

Jonathan – Do we use rasps and what kind do we suggest? Check out his blog at warriorwoodwork.blogspot.com and on Twitter.

Email

Huy Huynh –Hey guys!  Thank you for hosting The Dusty Life Podcast.  I look forward to your weekly episodes.  On Episode 015, Michael Morley asked about saw blades and expressed considerable frustration when it comes to resawing on his bandsaw.  I’ve had the same issues when it came to blade drift and burning.  Brian mentioned removing the fence all together and “eye-ball” the cut based on a scribe line.  I’ve tried this method in the past as well, and while I was able to get decent results, it seemed like a waste of resources given the fact that my 17″ Grizzly bandsaw came with a tall resaw fence specific to the task of resawing.  I did a search on Youtube and found Alex Snodgrass’ bandsaw clinic.  He went from start-to-finish on how to setup your bandsaw for resawing or scrolling.  I tried his method of setup and I was able to get flawless results with my resaw fence.   Here is evidence of my results on my Instagram page (https://www.instagram.com/p/BBtLoXlSxHn/?hl=en).  I used a 1/2″, 3 TPI blade made by Woodslicer.  I was able to resaw maple down to less than 3/32″ (~0.085″) without burning or drift.  Seriously, no shortcuts, gimmicks, or special tools.  I followed Alex’s method to the “T.”  I’m now convinced that the setup method specified in my instruction manual is wrong, period.  My issues were two-fold: 1) My blade was centered on the crown of my wheel causing both the front and the back of the blade to oscillate, and 2) the blade I was using was the stock blade that came with my bandsaw.  Essentially, I had too many teeth-per-inch and the set of the teeth and depth of the gullets were such that the blade did not clear out enough waste.  Here is the video I used to setup my bandsaw (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGbZqWac0jU).

I hope this helps and sorry for the long email.


Sincerely,

Huy Huynh

P.S. I do not work nor do I own any Carter products.

 

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iTunes Ratings

Mike and Rachel – 5 Stars – Great Podcast –  You guys are great, the combination of your different personalities and experiences at all levels make you guys very relate-able and fun to listen to.  Keep up the great work! -Thanks.

Cdstahlman – 5 Stars – Awesome Show! – Really like the show, 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 @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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