WT409 – At Least We Didn’t Quit

On today’s show we’re talking about large table sizing, how we charge for our work, and WorkSharp sharpening.

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What’s On the Bench

  • Marc is finished refinishing
  • Matt is having tea and strumpets
  • Shannon is gearing up on 3 more projects because he is stupid


  • Zev doesn’t see the point of a miter saw in the shop
  • Todd chimes in on the miter saw question from the professional’s point of view


  • Christopher wonders where the middle ground tools are

Lumber Update

Marine Plywood in very short supply with all the hurricanes


  • Joe is building a dining table for the firehouse and wonders about dimensions for 14 guys
  • Dave is thinking about the WorkSharp 3000 as his first sharpening tool
  • Gabe wants to know how to go about charging for his work

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9 replies on “WT409 – At Least We Didn’t Quit”

I’m probably one of many who didn’t realize how much work and time goes into making each of these podcasts. Between Marc gathering questions and feedback, Shannon putting together industry updates, and Matthew not practicing reading more than three words without laughing or awkwardly pausing, I really appreciate the effort from all three of you. Perhaps change the schedule to a biweekly, instead of weekly format? While I would miss hearing the show every week, you guys shouldn’t be going crazy to meet a tough schedule for something that doesn’t even pay the bills. We want you guys happy, not beaten down.

You three are awesome and sincere thanks for the great show you put out.

Thank you for keeping the weekly show going. It is the best part of my work day to listen to it. Your podcast is the only podcast I can listen to over and over again. And yes I have listed to all of the backlog. Hours of enjoyment and information. Thank you all three + Matt 1.0 for the years of podcast. I hope your modifications allow you to enjoy it yourselves for years more to come.

Hey guys,

One of the hallmarks of this podcast is its openness and transparency of what you do. You bring your lives into this podcast – the good, the bad, the challenges and successes. And, you have always shared that you’d rather not do something just for the sake of doing it if it doesn’t meet your standards. And the reality is that quality is not something that comes easily. So Kudos to you all for keeping to that philosophy. To help you better balance delivering a quality product against the demands of running a business, one thing to consider is what your “competitors” at FWW have done and continue to do and that is to stick to a bi-weekly schedule.

Keep up the GREAT work !!


Whoa fellas!

First Norm the Great packs it in, then Matt the Elder disappears over the hill. If you guys bail, where will we all get our dose of Sawdust Therapy? Its enough to make me wanna start drinking and take up knitting.

Seriously, do what you must and we’ll all support you. Meanwhile, I’ll be out in my shop. Perhaps knitting.

What size sweaters do you guys wear?

Mark. Here’s how I see your circumstance and accompanying fatigue. You’re a teacher, gifted. Something about the three together. I can’t describe it. Take a sabbatical. I’m getting a fence from a local fabricator here in a town of maybe 30K. The metalworker is one skilled guy. But he is way busy. In his 50’s, a pleasure to have met. But is he training anybody? There used to be another fence guy here, not anymore. This community could not survive without these skilled makers, literally. There is little work here, an area dependent on extractive industry. Is my fence guy bringing younger workers along, giving them the skills and experience in business. How to communicate. I don’t think my fence guy has the time. He engineers and he welds. Who is training makers? You have a gift Mark. You attract talent, your co-hosts. And you train makers. Honor yourself with a rest.

I have been using the same Dewalt compound miter saw sense 1995 to build fine furniture and have never considered that I need a better machine for accuracy. Dead nuts is dead nuts :>).

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