all 192 comments

[–]makermarknap 9 points10 points  (3 children)

Hey Jimmy, We all know David Waelder well but know very little about Willi. How did you guys meet and what is your relationship and back story? Not to pry just interested since he seems like a very important person to you. (perhaps your 1Million collection video. The collection of really awesome people you surround yourself with?) And - Are you going to sell the Diresta Star Key Kit you posted on Instagram?

[–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 25 points26 points  (1 child)

willie lives with us . he was homless and we took him in I have know him for 20 years.. in that time he has had various places to live but all not stable.. so since he helpd me so often we took him in and he is now family to us

[–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

yes to the star key I am developing the standard and the process of making 100s

[–]JackmanWorksapproved submitter 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Love that idea for the 1mil collection vid!

[–]mirceastefan 9 points10 points  (4 children)

Hi Jimmy, big fan,

Thanks to You, Matthias and Izzy i got the bug and started my maker shop.

As in Europe it's hard to find some of the chemicals by brand name, like Bondo is a polyester resin and i can ask for an alternative at the car shop but other aren't that easy to find out.

Can you name the active ingredient/generic name of the stuff you are using in your videos, or maybe do a Tip video where you give us alternatives or main ingredients of stuff you use. I just want to copy what you do until i build confidence and develop my own style.

All the love and respect, Stefan.

[–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 5 points6 points  (3 children)

contact mark at sculp.com he is a chemical genius.. thank you !!

[–]j-dewitt 4 points5 points  (2 children)

I saw Jimmy's video on that guy, and I think it's http://sculpt.com/ with the T.

[–]mirceastefan 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Yeap me too, i'm a bit reticent on contacting him, but what's the worst it can happen, not reply? I'll tell him Jimmy sent me :)

[–]j-dewitt 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah, get in touch with him, ya got nothing to lose.

[–]BriantWoodworks 3 points4 points  (3 children)

When you have various customer projects, how do you charge? Obviously not the variance in material cost but do you base your labor off of hours? As a custom builder I often struggle with the leaving money on the table. Learning your worth is the hardest part for me. Thanks

[–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 20 points21 points  (0 children)

always charge 5 times what your rational mind tells you .. you can always dial it back and end up above where you expected to be

[–]throwveryfaraway3 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Howard via Unreasonable sense is a great resource/has a few videos. He's got a hard numbers perspective that sometimes get's lost in the pursuit of craft.


[–]BriantWoodworks 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Great find, thank you

[–]theshadowisfading 5 points6 points  (4 children)

Does Willy live at the farm full time to watch the animals?

[–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 27 points28 points  (3 children)

willie lives with us we took him in 2 years ago .. he has been homeless and we wanted to help him .. he is doing great and he is now in the family

[–]sebmarchand 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Thanks for being such an awesome human being, the world need more people like you :).

[–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thank you

[–]Vx2100 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Jimmy, what's it like to have grown men spray paint your name all over their clothing and swoon over you like you're a teen heart throb?

[–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 11 points12 points  (0 children)

It is nice to know I am connecting to and inspiring the maker with in each of them .. and it is there way of thanking me and it is very sweet and warm

[–][deleted] 5 points6 points  (2 children)

I don't know much about welding, but I see you use a MIG or TIG welder most of the time. Why choose those over stick welding?

[–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 8 points9 points  (1 child)

stick welding is typiclay smoky and more for an out door activity .. not sutable for my shop indoors

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Gotcha. Thanks for the reply. Love your projects!

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    [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 7 points8 points  (2 children)

    have you ever seen a nick offerman fine wood working aricticel about how he surfaces the larger slabs .. google it

    [–]ticcev 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    If you have access to hand planes a scrub plane would make quick work of it. It'll leave a rough surface that you can smooth with a low angle jack, block plane, or smoothing plane. Or just sand it from there. Good luck!

    [–]JCrowley2478 4 points5 points  (1 child)

    Jimmy I'd like to send ya a challenge coin from my PD. NYC Environmental PD. What's your policy on dropping it off at your shop or do you prefer mail?

    [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    you can always mail to po box 20270 nyc ny 10009 if you near by try me Thank you

    [–]tbone752 5 points6 points  (4 children)

    i get really disheartened when i go into the workshop to make something and it ends up taking me a week. you, and most other youtubers, make it look so easy and quick.

    [–]onecarworkshop 3 points4 points  (2 children)

    I felt the same way (and still do). But I have now seen Jimmy work in person, and the only trick is he just doesn't stop. I also find myself getting more skilled as time goes on. Skills develop and your speed increases as your confidence does. You'll get there.

    [–]tbone752 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    thanks for the reply and the advice. I only got into making around a year ago so I know I have a long way to go in terms of skill, it's fun though.

    [–]ParkieDude 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Tbone -- a friend asked how I can do such beautiful work. Simple I show the 101st of an item. First 100 are in the scrap bin.

    [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    I have been at it long time.. and in a video it can be deceptive they also can take long time

    [–]RyoCali 4 points5 points  (3 children)

    When are we going to see a proper blacksmithing video from you? You mentioned you wanted to learn more of that, maybe take us (virtually) on the ride? ;D

    [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 4 points5 points  (2 children)

    yes this summer!!! for me it is an outdoor thing

    [–]RyoCali 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Can't wait!

    [–]RyoCali 2 points3 points  (1 child)

    Adam Savage has stated he's completely aware of your role in the maker community. Is there any chance for a collab or something between you guys?

    [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    if I was invited in id go.. we never did meet .

    [–]jakkarthHas a cool flair[🍰] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    Do you have any future plans for books, with or without Make as the publisher? Do you find the experience of writing books or chapters of books rewarding in itself, or is it frustrating to have time taken away from being in the shop?

    [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    for me personally making a book is a huge time suck .. I pass on any one that involves me sitting and editing text.. I will likely never make another book.. also almost totally free of profit .. for me ..

    [–]jakkarthHas a cool flair[🍰] 4 points5 points  (3 children)

    Hey Jimmy, thanks for taking time out of your day to chat with us :) I'm a big fan of your videos; it seems like every time I watch one I learn something new. Thank you for the education and inspiration. Two questions for you:

    • In the 62 frames video, when chopping the wood at the miter saw you were holding it at an angle instead of keeping it flat. I know you don't do anything by accident. What's the reasoning there?
    • Whether it's grinding or bandsawing or using the lathe, whenever you work with metal it looks like tiny shavings of metal just fly all over the place. Do they ever get into the machinery and short things outs? How do you clean it all up?

    Thanks for being awesome man.

    [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 3 points4 points  (1 child)

    Thank you! I was holding because it was a ruff cut and it was easier to hold and move that way

    metal grining is too small to make a short.. but not for landing on the lather and the precision tools.. I try to keep it semi clean ,, and cover the lathe and Bridgeport with tarps

    [–]jakkarthHas a cool flair[🍰] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Great tip with the tarps, hadn't thought about that. Thanks so much!

    [–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    In the 62 frames video, when chopping the wood at the miter saw you were holding it at an angle instead of keeping it flat. I know you don't do anything by accident. What's the reasoning there?

    It's funny because I was wondering the exact same thing while watching the video!

    [–]MTLEGeek 2 points3 points  (2 children)

    What's is a Diresta? And why is it everywhere?

    [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 8 points9 points  (0 children)

    my brand and because I can

    [–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    it's like a watermark that is super hard to edit out.

    [–]leleoalmeida 2 points3 points  (1 child)

    Hey Jimmy! Had a chance to meet you at the maker faire this year.

    How much do you plan before start making something, and are you often ahead or behind the schedule?

    Cheers from Brazil! Hope I get to visit your workshop someday! :D

    [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    Thank you!! the design begins the moment I start to talk about it and is always flexable.. my personal style.. I never make hard plans

    Thank you !!

    [–]OteeseDreeftwood 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    Thanks Jimmy, big fan of your work - making things, making videos and teaching!

    As a maker/woodworker at heart who spends most of his life in a cubicle, I find myself discouraged because I only get the occasional weekend in the shop. Were there any times in your life when you felt this way, and how did you cope with it?

    [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    yes I have but like a prisoner I kept a vision of the day I was free to keep hope alive .. my big shop for instance

    [–]oogletoff 3 points4 points  (2 children)

    Hi jimmy, I'm a 17 year old woodworker and just started a business. I'm a huge fan.

    When building something that you've never built before and have no experience in. How do you approach it? Like figuring out how and planning? Also how do you give a customer a quote on something that you don't know the value of?

    [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 5 points6 points  (1 child)

    research all of it .. do the math for th ematerials.. and some times make a mock up in mdf to understand the design complications..

    [–]oogletoff 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Very informative. Will go far for a new business owner

    [–]jeffmason756 2 points3 points  (1 child)

    Thanks for your "open resource" position when it comes to teaching/learning and making. At what school do you teach? What is the curriculum? and What age group?

    [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    Thank you!!! 20 yearolds and I teach beginning making clay molding styrene lamp makning book binding vac forming

    at nyc school of visual arts

    [–]p0tat07 1 point2 points  (3 children)

    Jimmy, I'm a huge fan, you're a huge inspiration.

    My question is, who sells better band saw blades. Timber wolf or sawblade.com?

    [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 5 points6 points  (2 children)

    honestly it depends on how you cut and what you cut.. bandsaw blades are like cnc bits you destroy a 100$ bit or blade in one dumb move... just never buy blades from Sears

    [–]p0tat07 0 points1 point  (1 child)

    Thanks for the response Jimmy! And I don't buy from Sears anyway. I've been using Bosch blades from Lowe's but they're $10 blades and the quality is meh.

    [–]throwveryfaraway3 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Find a set of blades you love and will use over and over again. Then go to camelcamelcamel and set up a price alert. When the price drops, stock up.

    [–]CaptainTomCrunchJr 2 points3 points  (1 child)

    Jimmy, i have seen some of you old stuff with your brother, he is hilarious. i know you tried the television thing before with HGTV. I think you need to meet us up Adam Savage and do a One Day Build together. All my questions have been answered, thank you for making great content.

    [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Thank you! I am a fan of Adam looking forward to meeting him one day

    [–]poxopox 2 points3 points  (5 children)

    I live in an apartment. What's your advise to some one who wants to wood work in a confined environment?

    [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    find a place to work!! maby volunteer at a shop trade for the space.. I like to work outside

    [–]throwveryfaraway3 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Maker space, just depends on where you are, but there are quite a few in NYC.

    Or like Jimmy Says, get a hammer and chisel and make something in the parking lot at Dome Depot.

    [–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    also worth considering hand tools are gonna be nicer about not slingin dust every ole place and making loud noises . slower and more tedious but good for ya and apartment friendly some what

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      [–]bennnrenshaw 1 point2 points  (1 child)

      Jimmy!!!!!! i love your videos and podcasts so much, will you ever do talks/lectures in the UK/Europe? I would love to meet and listen to you in real life sometime

      [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      I would do so if I was invited for sure .. I visited euroupe in the 90s a bunch

      [–]RyoCali 0 points1 point  (2 children)

      How do you keep creative specially when you're stressed or worn out?

      [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 7 points8 points  (1 child)

      I have 1000's of seeds of ideas in the dome rolling around.. ill be long dead before I get to 20% of em.. timing and environment will dictate what ideas one becomes a reality

      [–]RyoCali 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      That's actually a beautiful statement and way of seeing things! Very inspiring!

      [–][deleted]  (1 child)


        [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        it comes fr every direction ... friends and family all need free stuff!!! I make it all in real time the moment they ask!! semi kidding but I have loads of requests and that helps me with new projects Thank you

        [–]GameOverMan541 1 point2 points  (2 children)

        Hey Jimmy! 1) Besides the delicious chocolate Jimmy mold, what are some other unique applications you've seen using your famous toy statue? Mine remains unpainted. I wonder if you have any funny/crazy ideas of what you'd like to see come of your toy. 2) Puerto Rico video was really cool. It's great that you featured such a diy superfan, Luis. Looks like you had lots of fun in warm weather. 3) I enjoy your videos and podcast. Keep up the good work! 💚

        [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Thank you!! pr was great luis is great!.. time sway made a hula doll ... ill make something funny one day soon I have a funny idea to make a puppet like my alter ego

        [–]troymcklure 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Good to see someone remembers my ChocoJimmy project!;) I have plans for the mold in the next couple weeks actually!!

        [–]DavidLuizshair 0 points1 point  (1 child)

        You can only teach ONE skill to someone who's never ever touched anything related to DIY. What skill would that be, and why?

        [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

        maybe making thins from paper and glue .. accessible to the person with limited skills

        [–]RyoCali 0 points1 point  (1 child)

        Hey Jimmy. First a thank you note: thanks for teaching me everything I needed to become a maker, sell my stuff and make enough money to move out and get married! My life right now is 100% your fault! lol

        And since we need a question: from one teacher to another: what's the most satisfying thing you get from teaching? =)

        [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        thank you!!! most satisfying is helping a student discover their true purpose

        [–]JLMcGu 1 point2 points  (2 children)

        Hey Jimmy, thanks for all the awesome content! Your Casper bed video inspired me to build my own platform bed and get a Casper so thanks for that. Have you thought about doing pre orders for your icepick? I've been trying to get my hands on one for a while now but they are always out of stock. Also are you planning any more products with the printing press? Thanks again for all the inspiration and quality content.

        [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

        Thank you !! yes all of it ill make more picks and prints for sure... prints in the spring .. the printer is outside and the cold not good for the ink

        [–]JLMcGu 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Thanks Jimmy, this made my day!

        [–]Soilmonster 0 points1 point  (2 children)

        Hey Jimmy!

        Quick question - what's the best way to ensure squareness, and exact fits? I've adapted your technique of cutting proud, then trimming back as needed, but always seem to have square issues and gaps in a lot of pieces (no jointer or planer).

        Thanks so much for everything you do and show. You are an inspiration every single day. When my days are low, I simply watch one of your vlogs (my favorites btw) or build vids, and my spirits get back up.

        [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

        Thank you!!! I learned from nick offermen to split the line.. I am not good at it either but I always try

        [–]j-dewitt 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        exact fits

        One thing you can do is clamp the two pieces together and make cut through where they are touching. Now they should fit perfectly.

        [–]RyoCali 1 point2 points  (1 child)

        Is the thinker lamp mold still in existence? you should totally auction those!

        [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        I have 2 and the original onday ill make more

        [–]EatMoreCheese 0 points1 point  (3 children)

        In your videos, do you have your projects 100% planned out? How much is figured out or made up along the way?

        [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 4 points5 points  (2 children)

        almost 80% on the fly.. I start with an idea

        [–]EatMoreCheese 0 points1 point  (1 child)

        very cool, thanks for doing this AMA

        [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Thank you!

        [–]cowsmith 0 points1 point  (1 child)

        You've made both hex and cylindrical ice picks in your videos. Do you prefer one handle shape over the other? If so, why? Thanks for all that you do!

        [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

        6 sided will not roll off the table .. so it is the winner ThankYou

        [–]jakkarthHas a cool flair[🍰] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

        You've done a bunch of projects over the years. A lot of the videos that stick out in my memory have been things like bar carts and furniture with drawers etc. You've got a CNC now, have you considered putting your metalworking skills to use in building your own? Not necessarily all of the electronic parts, but maybe fabricating the frame/rails to be able to route a full sheet of plywood for example? How do you see technology like hobby-level CNC and 3d printing changing the maker movement?

        [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        likely ill never make my own cnc.. I think there will be a huge up tick in innovation .. with the younger generation making and cnc their ideas and personal products.. and robotics .. is is all exciting to see this and be involved

        [–]RyoCali 0 points1 point  (3 children)

        What was your favourite and least favourite projects on both dirty money and hammered?

        [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 3 points4 points  (2 children)

        fav maby the coffee bench the one with legs and hands.. .. on dirty money the show jumped the shark when some uncreative executive had the idea for us to make a pogo sitck.. we wanted to quit the show over this one episode

        [–]RyoCali 0 points1 point  (1 child)

        Wow, that's exactly my fav on that show! =D But i kinda liked the storyline on the pogostick tho lol At least it was entertaining to watch =D

        [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        when we had no choice.. we did our best to have fun with it and we did enjoy it.. but that episode embodies the failure of TV in genral uncreative people making creative decisions

        [–]russki516 0 points1 point  (1 child)

        Hey Jimmy, thanks for all the great videos.

        How long does it take you to plan out a project, like the incredible Fireman's axe? Do you just see the axe head and it pops into your mind fully formed and then you just make that happen?

        I've only recently started making stuff, just woodworking so far. Thanks for all the tips videos, they're great resources.

        Oh, and what did you think of that Rose Engine Lathe I sent you a link to on twitter? That seems like the perfect tool for you to find and restore.

        [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        love that lathe!!!! mostly all my stuff is spontaneous .. I make plans in real time thank you!

        [–]dammitkarissa 1 point2 points  (2 children)

        Do you have any long-term plans for that gas station once you're done with it? It's really a gorgeous building I'd love to see it being used.

        [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

        I can olny rent so maybe a 5 year.. I ll make our show room me and taylor

        [–]dammitkarissa 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Ooh that would be so great!!!

        [–]Zipian 0 points1 point  (1 child)

        I love your videos, and have a few questions about them.

        How many hours do you spend editing a video?

        You mentioned using iMovie for a while in the making it podcast, what ultimately made you switch from imovie?

        What cameras are you currently using?

        [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        gopros Nikon 7100 and iMovie is all I do .... little cannon some times vixia mini x... final cut once in a long while... edit every night movinging along any edit in the system thank you!

        [–]RyoCali 0 points1 point  (1 child)

        You're a collector of collections (like me). Which collections do you think you'll probably be starting in the future?

        [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        antique trucks! and Harleys .. if I had the room ..

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          [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

          surface thickness planer.. you can edge with hand tools or table saw

          [–]Apollokubitz 0 points1 point  (1 child)

          Jimmy, love your content! No question, just wanted to say I really appreciate you giving people inspiration, including me.

          [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

          Thank you!!!

          [–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

          Hi Jimmy. Love your stuff, just want to say that you're pretty inspirational. I sent you a tweet the other day about a steering wheel project, still want to see you tackle that!

          [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

          I did see thet very coo!! one day ill do one thank u!

          [–]Wookinponub 0 points1 point  (3 children)

          Finally got around to ordering an ice pick from the last batch. Love the smell of the Tap Magic cutting lube. Give a heads up when you're back in Pittsburgh. I'll make more Diresta logo Chocolates.

          [–]troymcklure 1 point2 points  (1 child)

          They would pair nicely with my Chocolate DiResta castings. ;)

          [–]Wookinponub 0 points1 point  (0 children)

          I saw them somewhere. Nice work.

          [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

          Thank you!!!!

          [–]charlieray 0 points1 point  (1 child)

          What's your favorite Maker Faire? West/East/Atlanta/etc?

          [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

          San Fran is great bc it has burning man vibe

          [–]Twerkydonut 0 points1 point  (2 children)

          If you had to build a sign of who you voted for in the 2017 presidential election , what would the sign say? And what do you consider the most versatile tool in your shop?

          [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

          "free education for all"


          [–]utkanf 0 points1 point  (1 child)

          Hey Jimmy do you know why today sucked...... There was no Making It Podcast. Thanks for all you do Jimmy ,
          Utkan (Master of None)

          [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

          sorry brother!!! we had to take personal week thank you !!

          [–]ailee43 -12 points-11 points  (3 children)

          Why you gotta put your name all over everything? Comes off as really pretentious.

          Let your skill speak for itself.

          [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 11 points12 points  (1 child)

          I have had over 900 re uploads by other peole and in about half of them people re brand and edit the video ...the very reason all the logos appear all over the shop.. they cannot be edited out.. if I seem pretentious you need to look with in yourself as to why you feel this way.. thank you

          [–]ailee43 5 points6 points  (0 children)

          thats a fair reason, sucks that people do that.

          [–]throwveryfaraway3 2 points3 points  (0 children)

          He's had (and still has) content ripped off. So he has his name in a lot of shots so that even if it does happen, it's easy to trace it back.

          [–]tbone752 0 points1 point  (1 child)

          just wanted to say hi Jimmy, i love your videos. i like the direction you're going with the vlog. i snapchatted you a few times and you replied, not anymore though, you must get a million different messages a day! i love the podcast too, keep up the good work. good luck in the new shop. i'd love to come see your NYC shop, i don't think i'll ever get a chance now (i'm from ireland)

          [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

          Thank you snapchat changed and take too long to load.. and now I do instgram and vlog thank you for the support!!

          [–]Zipian 0 points1 point  (2 children)

          When are the ice picks coming back for sale?

          [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 3 points4 points  (1 child)

          Monday 80 new ones I made going up

          [–]Zipian 0 points1 point  (0 children)

          Awesome! Thanks. I can't wait to scoop one up

          [–][deleted]  (1 child)


            [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

            Thank you! no tats.. not for me...in the apartment there is a logo on the vespa in the kitchen and the computer I am typing on.. so 2

            [–]RyoCali 0 points1 point  (1 child)

            How can I encourage my teenage students to become makers?

            [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

            make cool things you know they would want and give to other kids.. so they make for themselves

            [–]EatMoreCheese 0 points1 point  (3 children)

            You have a mastery of many skills. As you know, failure is an important part of learning. Can you tell us about any projects where you gave up, or learned through failure? Do you still have any struggles?

            [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

            I did a big project of steel and glass.. it was far reaching over my space capabilities and made major estimate errors.. it is always looming when I make up a new estimate .. learnd the hard way

            [–]jakkarthHas a cool flair[🍰] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

            The answer may be the same, but related question. What's the project you most wish you could go back and redo? What would you change about it?

            [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

            haha id eliminate it from my memory like the jim carry movie!

            [–]ticcev 0 points1 point  (2 children)

            Hey Jimmy! Thanks for all the videos and podcasts.

            I've noticed you're working on a post frame project with Kyle/RR Buildings, and then you have the gas station thing going on. What's your plan for the upstate shop? What makes you excited about the move?

            [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

            I need space and is all goes as oplanned ill way more then I need!! and I am happy abbou tthis

            [–]throwveryfaraway3 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            I know someone that took over a garage adjacent to their building and it's a fantastic work space. The garage bays, air lines, super smooth floors, etc etc.

            I was able to turn it into a temp work space for when I have a project, and it's phenomenal. Using the lifts for heavier materials, etc etc.

            Edit: Also being able to back straight into the garage for loading/unloading! Using the hydraulics to lift to the bed level and just push in.

            [–]RyoCali 0 points1 point  (1 child)

            What was the best diy/maker tip/trick/advice anyone's ever given you?

            [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

            "Make it undeniable" Barry Katz

            [–]throwveryfaraway3 0 points1 point  (2 children)

            Hey Jimmy!

            I know it’s been a while, but when are we finally going to do that huge project we keep talking about? I understand you keep getting busy, and between upstate and work and such but,… Grandma and all. She was just really looking forward to it. Things being the way they are, and the farm with the bad crop these last few years… She really just needs the pick me up.

            Thanks again, You have no idea how much this means to all of us here.

            [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

            what project? email me xo

            [–]swaltz 0 points1 point  (1 child)

            How do you keep all your projects organized and on time?

            [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

            I am committed to making every thing with some time to spare.. just developed my work ethic that way over years..

            [–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (6 children)

            What year's your Silverado Jimmy? Any issues with it?

            [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 1 point2 points  (5 children)

            2013 I love it .. just bit hard on the gas.. eats more more then the tundra

            [–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (4 children)

            Awesome, I have an '07. I'm a welder/cabinet maker and I beat the life out of my truck and it just smiles and keeps going. Cheers

            [–]throwveryfaraway3 0 points1 point  (3 children)

            Do you have a sliding bed?

            [–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (2 children)

            no but thanks for lightin the fuse, now i want 1 real bad

            [–]throwveryfaraway3 0 points1 point  (1 child)

            The first time I saw one was on an AMG E class estate, and it was a hard wood floor that lifted up and out (press of a button).

            [–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            that's brilliant thinking right there and i can think of 50 ways it'd make my life easier right now

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              [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

              we drove to get the canoes.. we meet the week before.. and 2 days in a car was our bonding we had great time getting to know each other

              [–]throwveryfaraway3 1 point2 points  (0 children)

              Jimmy doesn't drink/take drugs. He's pretty straight laced despite walking the streets of NYC with a machete the size of a 2x4.

              [–]AnIdleCoconut 0 points1 point  (1 child)

              Saw your post on instagram. Logged into my old account just to say... I love you.

              [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

              Thank you !!! 143

              [–]troymcklure 1 point2 points  (1 child)

              Hey Jimmy! That Geeksmithing guy is pretty awesome, what do you think of him? :P

              [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

              I love him ;-)

              [–]ulyssanov 0 points1 point  (1 child)

              Hi Jimmy, I'm probably too late to the party, just wanted to say you're a big inspiration, love your no bullshit approach to things. I got a bunch of questions, here's three:

              What made you initially start to do youtube videos and what do you enjoy about making them?

              Who are your favorite fellow makers right now/Who do you admire?

              Any advice for people who want to make a living making things without having it become a daily grind for cash with no passion?

              [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

              thank you ! 1 because tv was a hassle. 2 my community.. matthisas .. bob.. few knife maker:s sorell 3 it will always be a balance . some times the grind pays lots of money.

              [–]GameOverMan541 0 points1 point  (2 children)

              Jimmy, You often speed up your videos for obvious practical reasons. I imagine you put a fair amount of thought into the creative aspects of your videos to make them interesting. Have you ever thought of using slow motion for any parts of your videos to add another creative element? Or are there any other video elements, like your drone usage, you look forward to learning and/or applying in the future? 👍🏻

              [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

              thank you I often use slo mo.. drone is also fun .. vo is used more often.. and the daily stuff is fun

              [–]evanandkatelyn 0 points1 point  (0 children)

              I'm trying real hard to think of a reason why I really really need to buy a drone :P

              [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 11 points12 points  (1 child)

              Thank You I am off for now, thank you for the love & Respect!

              [–]aronalbert 0 points1 point  (1 child)

              hey jimmy, have you worked with nick offerman in the shop and if yes what was it like to work with him

              [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

              yes nick Is a straightforward working guy loves good results sharing ideas and skills and good music to work with

              [–]snackpgh 0 points1 point  (4 children)

              Hi Jimmy, where do you get your glasses? I know you talked about it in one video, but couldn't find the site.

              [–]jones933 0 points1 point  (2 children)

              Hey dude, I was reading through this AMA just now and i happen to have the same ones i think. the brand is "let me see" and its the C type glasses. I got mine from a site called izipizi. I think they ship from France if i remember correct.

              [–]snackpgh 0 points1 point  (1 child)

              Total money dude. Thanks so much!

              [–]jones933 0 points1 point  (0 children)

              happy to help!

              [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

              I think it is " I can see "

              [–]HareuhalPM me penguin pics 2 points3 points  (0 children)

              AMA Reminder:

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              [–]rudeboy_sheriff 2 points3 points  (6 children)

              hey jimmy - long time fan love the videos. how big is the gas station - is it as big as the shop in the city? if the deal works out are you going to do a series of videos on the renovation or features on the station in the vlog?

              [–]rudeboy_sheriff 4 points5 points  (5 children)

              another quick question - I remember you & david welder talking about a collaboration with casey neistat - do you think this would ever happen? any idea what you would collaborate on?

              [–]jimmydirestaJimmy DiResta[S] 6 points7 points  (2 children)

              gas station much larger then the city .. by 1500 feet or more .. casey is the man on youtube id love to get together with him.. he is a mile away. he never answers my emails ..

              [–]evanandkatelyn 0 points1 point  (0 children)

              Write him a letter instead! He seems to like those more. Also have you seen this video where me meets Spike Jones? Maybe if you called him a douchebag it would help :P

              [–]rudeboy_sheriff 0 points1 point  (0 children)

              thanks Jimmy - hope the gas station works out

              [–]swaltz 1 point2 points  (1 child)

              Maybe if enough Diresta fans send Casey comments about doing a collab we could get these two crazy kids together!

              [–]throwveryfaraway3 1 point2 points  (0 children)

              Casey's got that CNN money now.

              In the past he did a lot in his workshop/studio, but now he outsources all of that out. He's less about making now, more about the polish/videos. Then again Casey makes films, Jim makes everything.

              I used to want my space to look like Casey's, then I met Jimmy.

              [–]cortchops 1 point2 points  (0 children)

              Hey Jimmy, what is your favorite glue gun? And are you ever going to have any guests on the Making It podcast?

              [–]asmvis 0 points1 point  (0 children)

              Hi Jimmy! First of all, thank you so much for sharing all your work with us and for being such an inspiration!

              I've got one question: Do you think you'll ever do another TV show (like Dirty Money) again? If so, what would you like the show to look like?

              Thanks in advance, cheers!

              [–]jakkarthHas a cool flair[M,🍰] [score hidden] stickied comment (0 children)

              Thanks for coming to talk with us today Jimmy. We had a great time, and we look forward to having you back again soon!

              For those just getting here, please note that Mr. DiResta has stopped answering questions for this AMA, so any questions you ask may not be answered. For those curious about who Jimmy is and what work he does, please check out his websites:





              [–]CaptainGeo 5 points6 points  (0 children)

              What's your favorite knife?