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Woodworking Business #2: Speculation or Contract Jobs

10-30-2010 06:09 PM by billb | 6 comments »

Except when building things for myself or the family, I’ve never cared for building things without being certain that I would get paid for them. Whenever you build projects in hopes of finding buyers for them that is speculation. There are woodworkers who do exactly that successfully and it seems that many of those interested in starting woodworking businesses have a similar plan. As I read many blogs it has become clear that this is a common method of running woodworking businesses. I ...

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Dining Room Set Refurbish #1: What style am I?

10-30-2010 04:59 PM by mtkate | 9 comments »

To make a long story short, a dining room set that has been in our family since the early 70’s has come under my care. It’s all white oak and we know it’s at least 100 years old (but probably not more). Believed to have been made in New Brunswick. If the set was made around 1900 or so, what would you call the style …. Victorian Revival? One of the chairs is below. The upholstering is real leather. The original finish was the darkest mahogany color you see left ...

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Win a Baseball bed

10-30-2010 04:48 PM by Chris Davis | 4 comments »

I am giving away one of my baseball beds to the person that can guess the winning team, last game, and score of the World Series. It’s not as hard as you think, we already have two games down. An example of a guess would be Texas, 4 to 3, game 7. Don’t post here. I can only track the guesses on Facebook. The bed will be a twin size Baseball bad with the score of the last game on the headboard. It will include the headboard, foot board, side rails, slats, and shipping (the ...

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Hand tool workbench #4: Stretchers

10-30-2010 03:00 PM by brianl | 3 comments »

Now that the end assemblies are finished, it’s time to see about getting the stretchers rigged up. They use a home-made bed bolt system that consists of a bolt that goes through the leg and into the stretcher where you make a mortise to receive a nut. In retrospect I should have just ordered bed bolts from Highland Woodworking. For more info on bed bolt joints, see this Fine Woodworking article. Here you can see the mortises and the nuts that went into them. I used a forstner bit...

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10-30-2010 02:08 PM by BlindWoodturner | 2 comments »

Today I am starting to make a birdhouse ornament. Victorian in shape.

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #149: Skating Through Saturday on the Paintbrush of Life

10-30-2010 02:01 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

After my proclamation the other day of my dedication to working on my holiday gifts in the evening, I still had to pack it in by 11pm and slept until what I consider ‘late’ – 7:30am. I was a bit disappointed in myself but I was tired and in the past few years I have found that I need to go with what my body is telling me and give in or I will perpetuate the cycle. My health has been excellent in these past two years though so even though I sometimes feel that I don’t...

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Awana Grand Prix #1: Pine car derby time

10-30-2010 06:09 AM by PaBull | 6 comments »

Ok, 6 blocks; 24 wheels; 24 axles and six racers. Check-in on November 17th; the race November 19th. Any suggestions? I’ll keep you posted.

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Wood Gloat

10-30-2010 04:06 AM by Rahm_of_the_Woods | 19 comments »

My first craigslist deal! I found a furniture store selling 400 wood sample pieces for 10 cents each. I took $30 with me, planning to deal for the whole lot if I liked the look of things. As it turns out, there was well over 1,000 sample pieces of solid domestic and exotic woods! (Notice the quarter for size reference in the last picture) This may seem like a strange deal for some of the cabinet makers out there, but this is literally a gold mine for me. The work I do is alm...

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Make your own custom heirloom screwdrivers #1: Make your own screwdrivers: Start to Finish

10-30-2010 03:44 AM by Loogie | 20 comments »

—== If you decide to make your own screwdriver, please send me a photo or a link to a photo. I’d really like to see what others come up with. ==— I’ve been wanting to make my own set of wooden handled screwdrivers for several years but I was never able to find a source for screwdriver shafts. In 2008 while attending the Woodworking In America conference in Berea, KY I had an opportunity to chat with Rob Lee, the owner of Lee Valley, a supplier of premier quality...

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Woodworking Business #1: Experiences in the Woodworking Business

10-30-2010 03:36 AM by billb | 7 comments »

I haven’t been posting on this blog lately but I really enjoy reading LJ. I’ve learned a great deal from lots of interesting people and I’ve decided to share more often. I spent over 20 years in the woodworking business but right now I mostly spent my time as a network administrator or writing and publishing. Nevertheless, I keep my hand in with a number of projects, the most recent pictured on this blog. While I really enjoy woodworking and feel fairly competent at it, m...

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