There are many web sites that will tell you what you need to do to build your company identity. This post isn’t a comprehensive summary of that, it’s just my experience so far. Connecting with Customers (brains) If you read The Leader’s Voice by Clarke and Crossland, you’ll find out that for an important message to resonate with your audience, they have to hear it repetitively. But it’s also best if it connects with their brain Emotionally, Symbolically, and Logically. I think the same ...
I’m not sure this post will paste in correctly. Feel free to read the blog on my site. One of the the things I’ve been figuring out is how to dedicate time to Upper Cut on a consistent basis. As I’ve mentioned before, I have a rewarding but demanding full-time job and a wonderful family that I like to spend time with. Even without a business, woodworking is something I enjoy, so I definitely want to set aside the time for it. So how do I make sure I dedicate enough time to the busine...
Ok bear with me here, I just had this idea and I’m trying to crystalize it while I type (and its too cold in the shop to experiment)...Ok first of all, one of the first things I made for myself when I started woodworking was a set of straightedge guides for my circular saw and router. A wide chunk of 3/4” MDF with a MDF fence glued on top, and trimmed the edges to get a nice straight guide. Well, in hindsight that was a bad idea, for one thing the motor for my skilsaw rides abov...
This evening’s Sonoma County Woodworkers Association meeting was at Luthier's Mercantile International Inc. up in Windsor. The presentation on guitar building was excellent (as every SCWA presentation I’ve been to has been), but they also had a scrap pile, $5/lb. Maybe $105 for that haul isn’t a tremendous deal, as a lot of that wood is pretty thin, but I think I can get 5 pairs of book matched Walnut door panels out of that, I’m going to cut the guitar sides in pi...
The crochet is kinda a bench hook you place on the Side of the Table near its end by the leg vice. Its shaped like a comma with a flat leading edge. It works by essentially jamming a piece of wood into it and clamping it with the leg vise. I am using it alot, to plane the edges for the project I am doing. I forgot that I didn’t post how its made and works here… I have the photo’s and totally spaced the fact that I didn’t finish this blog ( I was like.. table is d...
When we left off on the last blog, we were scrub planing to rough thickness. I was a little ahead of Kristin on the project without any pictures, so many of these are pics of her working the steps. We each made a box. I have more pics of her working and my finished box. S4S the Hard Way Flatten one side. We roughed it out with the scrub plane and finished with our No. 7. The longer plane really makes a difference in getting the stock flat. Then we used a marking gauge to scribe the thickn...
Hi Everyone, I want to say thanks to everyone for the warm welcome here on lumberjocks. I have been browsing the site and am extremely excited about everything it has to offer. Everyone here seems great and I look forward to sharing my experiences, both good and bad, with you all. I am 26 and have just discovered my new found hobby at the same time as starting a family (newly married and a 7 month old daughter) and a new career (firefighter in Kissimmee, FL). I just finished my first proje...
Download Low Res .mp4Download HD .mp4Download HD .wmv Rick continues on his journey into the world of guitar-building. He takes us through adding kerfing, inlaying the tail wedge, installation of the binding, and construction of the back, the soundboard, the fretboard, and the bridge. We’ll also see how Rick handles a few errors he made along the way. One error is so big, the fate of the entire project hangs in the balance! Music provided by MusicAlley.com: Jack Jezzro
It is cold in Iowa today. It was cold yesterday too. It will be cold tomorrow. Despite this I realized that I hadn’t been to Home Depot, Menards, or Acme Tool in several days. I was beginning to get that itch. I needed a fix. So I bundled up and hopped in the car and off I went. I had a vague desire to buy some rare earth magnets. Do I have a project that requires magnets? No, of course not, I just really wanted them. The reason that the advertising industry is so successful ...
Well, what a way to start the new year. My son and his girlfriend had a baby girl at 10:20 this morning. 7lbs, 13oz. They have named her Rylee Ann. But it strikes me that even after the all the denial (I’m too young, he’s too young, etc.) I am still thrilled to have her come into the world. I look forward to spoiling her rotten. I look forward to the little girl tea parties, build her doll houses, and just having the joy of a young child around and seeing them explore the world...
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