WT458 – Cool Your Balls

On today’s show, we’re talking about variable suction on a dust collector, having helpers in the shop, how to use turning tools, dealing with a twisted board, and wood allergies,

What’s On the Bench

  • Marc had hand surgery. Currently working on a bread box. Had a lumber shed built.
  • Shannon got a real vacuum pump, marquetry fun, bought a chainsaw, millwork adventures
  • Matt – made a guitar, finished the handtool cabinet

What’s New

  • AWFS July 17-20  – Come see Matt at the Triton booth and Marc at the Titebond booth.


  • Guy with the unpronounceable screen name says “Shannon, please make a project only using routers. Matt, please make a project using only MDF. Marc, Everything you’re doing is perfect. Thank you all for respecting your audience”

Lumber Industry Update

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  • Will lumber prices fall for consumers when tariffs cause stock overages.


  • Alec asks why it is suggested to lower the suction on a sander when using it
  • Mitch asks Marc what it is like to have a helper in the shop now
  • Matt just got a lathe and tools and wonders about getting started with woodturning
  • Swedish Nuts has a Black Acacia log and wants to use it for a workbench
  • Selena asks about wood dust and resin allergies
  • David has some Maple with really bad twist and wonders how best to deal with it
  • Joshua wonders whether it is best to be a generalist or a specialist in our craft


2 replies on “WT458 – Cool Your Balls”

On the topic of generalization vs. specialization: If you are an “at-home all around handyman”, being a generalist is really useful. If you want to make money with it, it is a different story…

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