About The Hosts

The Sawdust Chronicles is hosted by Rick Waters. Rick has, in the past, enjoyed co-hosting partnerships with Erik Pearson and Pete Bretzke.

Rick Waters

Rick grew up and currently lives in the western suburbs of Chicago while working in Chicago proper as a software developer.  After serving in the Army as a Military Intelligence Specialist / Czech Linguist and later as a Technical Engineering Specialist, Rick returned to civilian life working full-time as a Software Quality Assurance engineer as well as going to school full-time at night.

All within a 2 year span, Rick received his Computer Science/Networking undergraduate degree with Honors from DePaul University, married his wife Vicki, moved into a house that needed many repairs, and become a father (again).

With the newly realized free-time of not going to school and having finished most of the home repairs needed, Rick discovered his love for the craft of woodworking late in the winter of 2008.  Rick now hosts the Splintered Board Podcast, in which he shares his experiences being a newcomer to the hobby of woodworking.  Rick also co-hosts The Sawdust Chronicles where he attempts to make Woodworking less intimidating for newer woodworkers.

Past Co-Hosts

Erik Pearson
Erik has been a woodworker for about 6 years but still considers himself a novice, a beginner.  Recently Erik was able to start setting up a dedicated workshop, in the back bay of his garage, and found himself really getting serious about woodworking.  He decided to start from scratch again with his woodworking education.

Erik started The Novice Garage Woodworker and the accompanying audio and video podcasts because he couldn’t find a single web resource that could give him a concise answer to the question, “Where and How Do I Get Started In Woodworking?”  He tries to answer that question, and share some lessons he’s learned and useful resources that will help you out.

Pete Bretzke

5 Responses to About The Hosts

  1. Glyn Weir says:

    I was noticing that there is no subscription method. Is there any plan to set up something. I didn’t realize that you had so many new episodessince your first. Can’t wait to listen to them all. keep up the good work guys.

    • Glyn,
      Wow! You’re right! We’ve been active for this long and we didn’t have a single Subscribe link.
      Well, I put one up on the left-hand border. Thanks for noticing.

      Thanks for listening too!


  2. alan says:

    I want to build a dining room table. I was looking at some pieces of wood out in the east coast. The pieces were 26-40 inches wide and 7-12 feet in length. What is the best method to cut it. I want to make it around 44 wide and 12 feet long fully extended and 7 feet closed. I need to find a good book about the best way to pick out wood and glue them up for the top. Thanks.

    • Alan,
      I suggest taking a look at Tommy MacDonald’s Trestle Table episode of “Woodworking with Tommy Mac” (episode 101 – the premiere). I suggest using a bandsaw to make the rough cuts (ripping), using a table saw to make the final rip cuts, and a circular saw to make the crosscuts for the ends. That is, I’m assuming you will have one or two folding ends. Or, I guess you could be making insertable leaves in the middle of the table – in which case, I still recommend using a circular saw to make the cross cuts.

      I also recommend using a #4 hand plane to make a slip joint between the two wide pieces that will make up the bulk of the table.


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