Save the Woodshop

Save the Woodshop

Asa Christiana, editor of Fine Woodworking Magazine, joins Adam and Ray for a podcast about woodworking basics, making furniture, and why Adam can’t find a decent stuffed cabbage in LA.


Show Summary

Adam and Ray welcome Asa Christiana, editor of Fine Woodworking Magazine, to the show. The guys look through Asa’s plethora of magazines, and Adam discusses the importance of giving out good swag. The guys also talk about Asa’s experience in West Africa, and why American society seems to ignore the wrencher/builder gene. Later they look through pictures of furniture that Asa built and talk about the zen of heading into the woodshop.

The guys then respond to a video question about a couple of hanging drywall problems. They also discuss a couple woodworking related emails, and jump to the phones. Calls include fixing a cutting board, repairing a porch, and a flooded driveway. As the show wraps up, the guys break down the difference between happiness and satisfaction.

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Show Credits

Producers: Matt Fondiler & Gary Smith
Audio/Post-Production/Show Summary: Matt Fondiler
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19 Responses to “Save the Woodshop”

  1. big jim
    2012/05/12 at 3:55 am #

    Been looking forward to an episode dedicated to woodworking. Just started setting up my own woodshop, adding tools one at a time, and there’s something great about finishing a table, bench, or even a cutting board that nourishes the soul.

  2. Gabe
    2012/05/12 at 4:35 am #

    Amen to the “wrencher gene.” You guys nailed it. Awesome show – awesome podcast. Cheers!

  3. Ivan
    2012/05/12 at 8:31 am #

    Great show. Ray, keep up the great work.

  4. Gameface
    2012/05/12 at 3:06 pm #

    This episode has inspired me to go get some more woodworking tools and start playing with wood again.
    Great pod, thanks Ace and Ray, once again!

  5. dave
    2012/05/13 at 12:36 pm #

    amazing pod. ray is on his game and asa seemed like he’s a regular listener and really knowledgeable

  6. Ras
    2012/05/13 at 7:38 pm #

    Why does Ray look like a serial killer?

  7. Theo
    2012/05/14 at 12:58 pm #

    Great show, great guest! Can you guys get someone from Fine Homebuilding on the show?

  8. Ken
    2012/05/14 at 1:48 pm #

    Asa was awesome! Have him back often!

  9. Space Cowboy
    2012/05/14 at 4:29 pm #

    Hey – if your handi-wipes are drying out. Go ahead and snap the flap off – then the top actually fits. And maybe you should touch up your eye liner while your at it.

  10. Larry L
    2012/05/14 at 6:45 pm #

    One word for the window rehab: Cypress

  11. Tim H
    2012/05/15 at 10:06 am #

    great show, I used to build furniture back in the 90’s and was a subscriber to FW. but after moving to a place with no garage or place to set up tools, I have not done anything.

    excellent podcast you guys have

  12. Just Me
    2012/05/15 at 3:20 pm #

    Marvelous guest!

  13. Tech Ed Supporter
    2012/05/18 at 10:13 am #

    “Save the Woodshop” is a reasonable movement to get started, Aceman. You could raise money to fund a program at a local high school, and then name the shop after your father so he would finally have some tools!

    But seriously, put your name on this and get some momentum behind it. People will support it.

  14. Museum_Mama
    2012/05/21 at 12:46 pm #

    For good German and some Polish food, have you tried the Red Lion over in SilverLake. Don’t worry, it’s not new and all “silverlakey.”

    alas, no stuffed cabbage.

  15. Anthony
    2012/05/25 at 1:52 pm #

    Asa was great. Please have him back soon. He seems like a great guy, really knowledgeable, with a voice like Mike Birbiglea but mad woodcraft skills. He really fit in with the Ace/Ray/Matt dynamic. Maybe a show favorite, like the Dagaroni of Ace On The House.

  16. andrew
    2012/05/26 at 10:43 am #

    Very interesting… Would like advice for someone who wants to get started in woodworking…

  17. Eugene Mondkar
    2012/06/05 at 10:40 pm #

    Stuffed Cabbage in Los Angeles:

  18. Sonic
    2012/06/07 at 9:37 am #

    Soft woods my be used in windows because of their superior R value. I know that is why softer woods are best for log cabins.

  19. Jeremy
    2012/07/27 at 1:48 pm #

    Ace–next time you’re doing a show in Minneapolis, stop by for Cabbage Rolls in my neighborhood (St Paul) at Moscow on the Hill. Very down-to-earth people and I’ve seen about 10 shady characters smoking out back of the kitchen and speaking Russian–so there is some authenticity.

    They’re stuffed with pork (the cabbage rolls–likely the Russians are too) and the sauce is sour cream and dill based–no sweet tomato surprise.

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