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.

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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.

Episode 037: Building For Yourself, Design and Function

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.

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 – Finished the 97th vase, veneered card box, and more stuff from Disneyland.

Sean – Still working on the 4 bar stools.  Stopped by Kyle’s shop for a quick visit.  Picked up a Bailey #3 for $4 but there was a hole drilled in the sole.

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

Main Topic – Building furniture for yourself to fill a space or fill a need.

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

Arthur Pollack: How do you get friends and family to watch your YouTube videos?  Check out Arthur on Twitter, Instagram, and check him out on YouTube.

Email/Comments:

Mike – Made a Kid’s Workbench for his kids from Sean’s plans.

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Brock – Making a multi function workbench for the small shop.

 iTunes Ratings
Guy Who Thinks He Can Build- A great listen for wood nerds – 5 Stars – I have been listening since the beginning of the show and it has been enjoyable listening to the guys become more comfortable, and gain more chemistry while doing the podcast.  Will continue so long as they keep making them.  Toth is god! (wanted to make him read this!)
Kighthood6 – Sam Knight – 5 stars  – Finally a podcast that gives woodturing a spot in the lime-light.  Love the podcast!  Keep it up guys!

 

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.

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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.

 

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 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!!!

 

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 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.

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 024: Frustrations and Mistakes

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, monthly group or individual hangout with us.  A good time had by all.

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 – Worked on an Ash Dining table and took a break in Mexico.  An interior shot of the finished Sprinter Van.

Sean –  Started finishing the headboard panel to prepare for the assembly.  Made the point tool video and a new handle for my old carving parting tool.  Published plans for the full size Nicholson bench.  Replaced the old foam weather stripping around the garage door with vinyl weather stripping as part of the preparation for shop AC (blog series).

Brian – Finished the reclaimed wood bar top.  Started on the credenzas by gluing up the walnut panels.

Main Topic – Dealing with Mistakes and Frustration

Listener Questions, Email, and Comments

Guest Questions:

Mike Powers – How do we learn new techniques?  Classes, YouTube, or just try them out? Follow Mike on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and visit his website.

Email/Comments:

Leigh Jordan – Hay guys I love the show.  I have a couple business questions for. When you started investing in your shop outside of using your own money or or using money from commissions did you ever consider business loans?  If you did is it worth it?  My only other question is if you have ever taken any business classes?  I’m just getting my shop set up now and I’m only hoping to supplement my income with it (knock on wood).  Thanks again!

Leigh Jordan

 iTunes Ratings

 AJ5382- 5 Stars – Toth for President! – If you are a woodworker and don’t listen to this podcast, you must be a Trump supporter, because you’re stupid.  I don’t know much about Brian and Sean but I have been a fan of Kyle for a long time.  I’ve learned plenty from listening to you guys and any woodworker would.  Thank you for the content you 3 put out.  As a guy who just quit his job to start a woodworking business (New England Woodworking Studio) I need all the tips I can get.  I can’t wait for my shirt to come so I can rock it at WIA.  Oh, and Kyle, my bad for making you read this long review.  I’m dyslexic and hate reading out loud.  Later, AJ DeSantis New England Woodworking Studio

Non iTunes Rating

Dave Pollata – I get your podcast thru my smartphone podcast player so I don’t use iTunes.  However, I’ll give you my review here.  I’m glad you guys joined the podcast world.  I’ve had a smartphone for just over a year and I am a podcast junkie – primarily woodworking and making.  You guys make yourselves real with the way you deliver the info and talk like a bunch of guys out having a beer.  I love it!  I also love Kyle’s sharing of his negative feedback.  I love his work, his video style and especially the way he down plays the immense volume of work he cranks out.

Thanks for a great show!

Dave Pollatta

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.