The Woodworking Podcast #32: Dust Collection & A Brass Axe

April Wilkerson, Nick Ferry, and myself have a weekly woodworking podcast. Conveniently titled The Woodworking Podcast. Here’s the latest episode. If you would like to download the episode just click here. For all of the show notes visit


  1. Hey Jay. Just heard you comment on going to Jackson to pick up some hickory. I live in Southern Easterly Missouri, and am originally born and raised near where your wife is from. What I wanted to tell you, is I went and bought one of those storage barn sheds, 10 x 12 to be exact, had it built on site here at home with about 2 foot gap between it and garage. I put my dust collector in far back corner, closest to garage, with a feeder tube from it into garage. On the left, as you go into my shed, I built 2 lumber storage racks, out of 2 x 4 with through steel tubing conduit. I now purchase wood of any and all species, except for pine, and keep it in this shed on these racks. I try to keep at least 50 board feet on hand always. I buy this from local people with portable sawmills, a lot of times for pennies on the dollar. Most recently, 125 bf walnut, for $25.00. I keep a humidefier, and a dehumidefier in thier as well, to adjust humidity as needed to dry the lumber. I use a 2 pin moisture meter, and walnut wat dry enough to use in just over 60 days. I still used some of the other lumber and stay busy, but have a walnut job comjng up. This is by far, the greatedt way I have found to cut costs in mt shop.
    Mike Watson Designed in Pine and local hardwoods.

  2. FYI April – If you want a real fine screening for your sand molding try to find a store that sells prospecting supplies. They’ll have screening pans there that get down to hundreds of an inch.

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