Thursday, March 27, 2014

MWA Podcast Episode 50! - Tommy Mac of Rough Cut

We are excited to have reached our 50th episode here on the MWA Podcast!  We started the podcast as a review of Tommy Mac's book 2 years ago and just kept going.  We could not have continued without the support of our listeners and thank you all for the wonderful support you have given us.  For our 50th episode the thought it couldn't be more fitting than to go back to the beginning and bring Tommy onto the show.  We hope you enjoy the show and thanks again for listening.


Show Notes:

What’s in the shop?
  • Chris - has a boo boo.
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  • Dyami - The Quilt Rack is Shaping Up
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  • Tom - Started milling boards for the Dresser Top Valets


Blog post that piqued our interest


Goings on in the MWA
  • The woodworking shows have finished this year’s rounds and are already planning the next tour.  I hope you got a chance to go if it came nearby.  Word on the street is they’re adding more cities next year.


  • THIS WEEKEND!


  • There’s a Lie Nielsen show in Charleston, SC this weekend too!  March 28th & 29th at the American College of the Building Arts in the old city jail.  Sounds like a cool location and  Tom Lie Nielsen himself will be there and may be bringing their new plow plane along.  Also appearing will be Master Carver, Mary May, and Caleb James, plane maker and chairmaker.  Plenty of tool porn there for sure. Lie Nielsen Charleston Event Details


  • Philadelphia Invitational Furniture Show (www.philiaifs.com).  That is going on April 5th and 6th at the 23rd St. Armory in Philly.  So, if you’re in the area or are traveling through Philadelphia around then, see if you can stop in. Philly Invitational Furniture Show]


  • If you have an event in your area that you want us to promote or want to start a chapter in your area, let us know.  You can reach me at SeanW78 on twitter, or at spwiz5578@gmail.com.


Main topic
  • For the show, the goal is to make projects which are interesting to everyone. Some to new people, some to parents, some contemporary, some traditional etc.
  • What Tommy wants to make also plays a role.
  • Tommy’s new KitchenTommy's Kitchen.jpeg


Community Conversation


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Thursday, March 13, 2014

MWA Episode 49 - Jeremy Pickett of Pickett Furniture



Show Notes:


Hello, everyone and welcome to this - the 49th edition of the Modern Woodworkers Association online discussion about all things woodworking. Today’s special guest is Jeremy Pickett of Pickett Furniture. Before we get to him, let me introduce our usual panel. I'm Tom Iovino of Tom's Workbench dot com, and I'll be your host for this program.

What’s in the shop?
  • Chris
    • Arbortech TURBOPlaneBifN4aWCQAAsrlH.jpg
  • Dyami
    • Lights
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    • Quilt Rack TemplatesIMG_20140304_213453221.jpg
    • LegsIMG_20140310_184730925
  • Tom
    • New Entertainment Center - Flooring as a tophttp://tomsworkbench.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/DSC_00051.jpg

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Goings on in the MWA
  • the MWA Google+ community broke 1000 members
  • Sean’s section

Main topic
  • Jeremy Pickett
  • I know you’ve been a professional furniture maker for many years, well before you struck out on your own. But, before you began your career, how’d you first get into woodworking.
    • Learned woodworking working summers as a carpenter
  • Design & Style
    • Simplify appearance (not construction)
      • 90% of the beauty is the wood we use
    • Make it durable? Will it last 3 generations or 4?
    • Customers use the furniture in his showroom as a starting point, then say what they want.
      • last year 80% customer / 20% studio
      • this year 50% / 50%
  • Customers
    • Write a business plan
      • a sales and marketing strategy
    • sell yourself, sell yourself, sell yourself
  • I think your shop is very cool. In the coming weeks we’ll figure out when we can do a full tour. In the mean time, tell people about your shop.
    • A  coworking space with 8 bench areas and each person sharing the equipment
  • What are your thoughts on quality and production?
    • This last year we started logging hours per project?
    • How many hours did I spent with the client? Working on drawings?
    • Came to realize a $2,700 piece cost $6,400 to make
  • The Stereo Console
    • Works with a custom audio engineer who makes custom audio
    • The console was a pet project

Community Conversation
  • Episode 48
    • Eric commented about recording guild meetings on video and how he agrees that it’s important to preserving the craft
    • Shannon also agreed, though he brought up the point of dead space during live meetings. I think Shannon’s right. Videos from Guilds will gain much more traction if they have a little editing first.
    • Matt Sosnowski asked about using veneers on MDF.
    • Lawrence Wroten (midnightwoodworking.com) asked about building a cigar box and what type interior wood and what type of glue to use on veneers.

Next broadcast’s topic

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MWA Podcast - Afternoon Special Edition





Show Notes:


Over the past few weeks we’ve had the opportunity to meet with some of our woodworking friends. We took the time to ask them our 5 questions and here are their answers and the discussions which resulted.

You can learn more about our guests at their websites:

Rusty Burwell

Vic Tesolin

Roland Johnson

Ed Pirnik

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

MWA Podcast Episode 48 - We Found the Shop!





Show Notes:


MWA Podcast Episode #48
February 26, 2014
We Got Here . . . Somehow


What’s in the shop?

  • Chris
    • Plays with old timey steel
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  • Dyami
    • Lill’s Quilt Rack
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  • Tom
    • Just need to build the tops of the front entertainment units
    • Had to build some pocket screw samples for last night’s guild meeting
    • Excellent discussion  about getting new woodworkers into the shop at the SPWG meeting


Blog post that piqued our interest



Goings on in the MWA

Main topic

Next broadcast’s topic

Where can you find us:

If you’re missing us already, you can subscribe to the show on
itunes. Just search for the Modern Woodworkers Association. Once you’re subscribed, you’ll be sure never to miss an exciting episode. While you’re in iTunes, please leave us a 5 star rating. It helps our rank so others can more easily find us.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

MWA Podcast Episode 47 - Matt Vanderlist AKA the Podfather





Show Notes:


What’s in the shop?
  • Chris
    • Box
  • Dyami
    • A jointer and . . . space
  • Tom
    • Sliding doors (more) Working inside the home is a pain in the rear...
Upcoming events
Main topic
  • Matt Vanderlist
    • When Matt began podcasting, about 7 years ago he had been woodworking about 5 years.
    • Does being the first voice mean anything?
      • Breaking the stereotype of old men woodworking.
    • Even in Atlanta, Zebra wood is surprisingly easy to work for an exotic.
    • Most surprising development (of online woodworking community)?
      • Number of people
      • The way there are turf wars over topics and techniques
        • some online personalities have followers who are very territorial
    • How have you kept motivated?
      • Viewer/Listener emails, it’s audience driven
    • What’s it really like to work with Shannon Rogers?
    • How comes the bed?
      • Slowly.
    • Marc had Matt at “Hello?”. He completes Matt.
    • Biggest surprise of Wood Talk
      • How large and demanding the audience is
    • The “God Horrendous chortle”
      • An uncontrollable natural phenomenon which Matt has no control over.
    • Have you talked to Mary May since Woodworking in America?
      • He’s trying
    • 5 Questions
      • how did you get into woodworking?
        • Once he bought his first house, it blossomed.
      • what's your favorite tool?
        • his brain, no. A tool he uses? the Breese smoother plane he built from a kit.
      • who has influenced you the most?
        • Mmm. Originally, Chris Schwarz.
        • Chris still gets lots of credit, but the online woodworking community has supplanted him in Matt’s heart.
      • What was your biggest stumbling block & could it have been avoided?
        • When Matt overthinks. Too much information online and in print. Information overload.
        • The internet has ruined my woodworking
      • How has the internet influenced your work?
        • Seeing what other people are doing and hearing what they want to learn has improved his woodworlking


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