ShopNotes Podcast

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Join us every week for woodworking inspiration and fun. Hosts John Doyle, Logan Wittmer, and Phil Huber from Woodsmith magazine share what they're working on, lessons learned, shop stories, and behind-the-scenes news at Woodsmith. Be on the lookout for special interviews and answers to listener questions. For more check out

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ShopNotes Podcast E036: The Extemporaneous Episode
On this episode of the ShopNotes Podcast brought to you by, John, Logan, and Phil all get back together for the first time in a couple weeks to do a little freestyle discussion on Logan's current side hustle, lumber milling, and everything else that is new.
Sep 18, 2020
ShopNotes Podcast E035: Interview with Matt Kenney
Sep 11, 2020
ShopNotes Podcast E034: You Gonna Paint That?
In this episode of the ShopNotes Podcast, Phil and John discuss some of the nuances of painting woodworking projects. They also hit on some serious topics like "What was your favorite and/or memorable school lunches?"
Sep 04, 2020
ShopNotes Podcast E033: What Makes You Happy In the Shop?
A few weeks ago we had a podcast titled "What Grinds Your Chisel?" This week we want to contrast that with an episode about all the little joys of woodworking.... From a new tool to a freshly sharpened blade, a perfect glue up or even a satisfying assembly - there is so much to be happy about in the wood shop.
Aug 28, 2020
ShopNotes Podcast E032: Opportunistic Woodworking
On this episode of the ShopNotes Podcast, John, Logan, and Phil discuss the derecho weather phenomenon that recently went through Iowa, and woodworking with found wood.
Aug 21, 2020
ShopNotes Podcast E031: Listener Comments and More
In this episode of the ShopNotes Podcast, the guys discuss some comments that they've received from listeners and viewers.
Aug 07, 2020
ShopNotes Podcast E030: What Grinds Your Chisels?
Logan, John, and Phil share their struggles with woodworking. Miters, anyone? Logan loves the metric system and Phil could stand a little more love and acceptance.
Jul 31, 2020
ShopNotes Podcast E028: What Kind of Woodworker Are You?
On this episode of the ShopNotes Podcast, John, Logan, and Phil answer the question "What kind of woodworker are you?" The discussion centers around what types of projects do we build, what tools do we use, what is our woodworking style? Plus, we discuss some of the projects in the most recent issue of Woodsmith Magazine and what is coming up in the next issue.
Jul 17, 2020
ShopNotes Podcast E027: Shop Critters & New Tools
Jul 10, 2020
ShopNotes Podcast E026: Workshop Update
Jul 03, 2020
ShopNotes Podcast E025: Woodworking Jigs
On this episode of the ShopNotes Podcast, Logan, John, and Phil talk about woodworking jigs. What jigs do we have for specific projects or woodworking techniques? Do we keep our jigs and templates when we are done with a project and for how long? What are our favorite materials and hardware to use for jig building? Is Logan drinking a new root beer? These are all burning questions that you can find out when you tune in to the ShopNotes Podcast.
Jun 26, 2020
ShopNotes Podcast E024: Lively Live Edge Discussion
Join hosts John, Logan, and Phil as they discuss the opportunities and pitfalls that live edge boards offer. The conversation follows the history of live edge work from George Nakashima to epoxy river tables. The cast also talk about how other woodworking techniques apply to this popular form of woodworking projects. There's a lot to take in.
Jun 19, 2020
ShopNotes Podcast E023: Why All the Hate for Plywood?
On this episode of the ShopNotes Podcast, Phil, John, and Logan discuss the disdain for plywood by some elitist woodworkers. They talk about the pros and cons of using plywood and some tips to get better results.
Jun 12, 2020
ShopNotes Podcast E022: Gimmick Tools or The Real Deal?
In this episode of the ShopNotes Podcast, we discuss tools that we thought would be a gimmick but after we tried the tools for ourselves, we were actually really impressed on how well they worked. We also discuss some of our ongoing personal projects and more.
Jun 05, 2020
ShopNotes Podcast E021: Purchasing Tools - Cheap vs. Expensive
This week on the ShopNotes Podcast, Logan, John, and Phil continue on with their conversation from a previous episode about purchasing tools and when they like to get expensive, high-quality tools or go in the opposite direction and get cheap tools.
May 29, 2020
ShopNotes Podcast E020: Justifying Tool Purchases
On this episode of the ShopNotes Podcast, Phil, John, and Logan talk about justifying tool purchases - as if you need an excuse to buy another tool. They discuss reasons to buy a new tool or to buy multiples of useful tools that you need in more than one location. Plus, another update on how things are going in their home workshops.
May 22, 2020
ShopNotes Podcast E019: Home Workshop Update
On this episode of the ShopNotes Podcast, John, Logan, and Phil give an update on how they are holding up in the pandemic quarantine. John has started building a backyard playhouse for his kids, Phil is working on a compact router table, and Logan is working on a poker table and putting together a saw mill... will they ever finish their projects? Stay tuned.
May 15, 2020
ShopNotes Podcast E018: Setting Up a Home Workshop
In this episode of the ShopNotes Podcast, Dillon, Logan, and Phil discuss their current personal projects, as well as, their ideas for setting up a home workshop.
May 08, 2020
ShopNotes Podcast E017: Workshop Oddities
On this episode of the ShopNotes Podcast, Logan, Phil, and Dillon talk about unusual shop materials and supplies, as well as, what's going on at Woodsmith Magazine. Plus, they'll update you on the projects they are working on in their home shops.
May 01, 2020
ShopNotes Podcast E016: Woodworking Inspirations
On this episode of the ShopNotes Podcast, John, Logan, and Phil talk about their woodworking inspirations through the continued pandemic. They discuss what books, projects, and ideas that have kept them passionate about the craft during social isolation.
Apr 24, 2020
ShopNotes Podcast E015: How It All Started
On this episode of the ShopNotes Podcast, Phil, Logan, and John, reply to a listener's request wondering how the guys got their start in woodworking, and the winding path that has landed them at Woodsmith Magazine. They also discuss the latest happenings at Woodsmith, and also what they have going on in their home workshops after another week of "social isolation."
Apr 17, 2020
ShopNotes Podcast E014: Woodworking in Social Isolation
On this episode of the ShopNotes Podcast, Logan, Phil, and John discuss the challenges of working from home in a time of social distancing and what they are working on in their workshops. Plus, they answer a listener's question about setting up drawer lock router bits.
Apr 10, 2020
ShopNotes Podcast E013: Choosing the Right Tool for the Job
On this episode of the ShopNotes Podcast, Phil, Logan, and Dillon talk about choosing the right tool for the for a given project, task, or woodworking technique. Power tool vs. hand tool, speed and efficiency vs. care and quality... what's the best way to skin a cat?
Apr 03, 2020
ShopNotes Podcast E012: 365 Days of Woodworking
Mar 27, 2020
ShopNotes Podcast E011: Woodworking - The Next Generation
We often get the question from our readers about how and when to bring kids into the shop. On this episode of the ShopNotes Podcast, Phil, Logan, and John talk about ways to get younger woodworkers involved in the craft we love. We start by sharing some of the personal experiences we have had with our own children and then sprinkle in a few memories of how we got the woodworking bug at a young age.
Mar 20, 2020
ShopNotes Podcast E010: When Going Cheap Can Cost You
On this episode of the ShopNotes Podcast, Phil, John, and special guest - Shop Craftsman, Marc Hopkins, talk about the times that we have tried to save money in woodworking and it ended up coming back to bite us in the end. Then we discuss examples where we do like to be a little more thrifty with our workshop budget.. Hopefully, you can glean some good advice from our experiences and blunders.
Mar 13, 2020
ShopNotes Podcast E009: What is Your Dream Workshop?
In this episode of the ShopNotes Podcast John, Logan, and special guest - Dillon Baker talk about what their home workshop currently looks like and then compare that to what their hypothetical dream woodworking shop. What would you like in your workshop when it comes to tools, size/layout, location, etc. ***Spoiler Alert: We dreamed the dream, but then we woke up.***
Mar 06, 2020
ShopNotes Podcast E008: Inside Look to Woodsmith Magazine
On this episode of the ShopNotes Podcast Logan, Phil and special guest- Dillon Baker talk about what goes into the making of Woodsmith Magazine. They discuss how working in the publishing industry has affected their outlook on their love of woodworking as a hobby.
Feb 28, 2020
ShopNotes Podcast E007: Evolving as a Woodworker
On this week's episode of the ShopNotes Podcast the guys share what is going on in their own workshops. Plus, they talk a little about their woodworking journeys and how the tools and techniques they've used have evolved over time. During this discussion, Logan is faced with his tool hoarding complex of the past, and how he fights a constant struggle against relapse.
Feb 21, 2020
ShopNotes Podcast E006: Which Woodworker Would You Like to Woodwork With?
On today's episode, join Phil Huber, John Doyle, and Logan Wittmer as they talk about the projects and tools currently on their workbenches, as well as the dream woodworking classes they'd like to take with other woodworkers.
Feb 14, 2020
ShopNotes Podcast E005: Workshop Closecalls
On this episode, the hosts talk about workshop safety and how it plays a role in the tools, techniques, and work they do. There's also the weekly check in on current projects.
Feb 07, 2020
ShopNotes Podcast E004: Making & Keeping Workshop Resolutions
After a discussion of the projects they're working on, Logan, John, and Phil discuss their goals and wishes for the new year.
Jan 31, 2020
ShopNotes Podcast E003: Buying, Selling, and Using old Tools
Should Logan sell or keep old woodworking tools he bought? We also answer a listener question on wet wood and sharpening equipment.
Jan 24, 2020
ShopNotes Podcast E002: Making a Little Money On the Side
Join John, Logan, and Phil as they discuss building projects and getting paid for it. Also, new tools offer lessons on improving your skills.
Jan 17, 2020
ShopNotes Podcast E001: What's On Your Workbench This Week?
Phil, Logan, and John offer a peek inside their workshops to talk about the projects and tools they're working on.
Jan 10, 2020