Hello fellow LJ’s my buddy A1 Jim kinda help set the tone for this blog entry with his topic how much is your woodworking worth ? Well I am writing about the cost of doing business as a wood worker. A wood working business is pretty much the same across the board regardless who started it, most of us dream of getting some form of compensation for our labors and heaven forbid materials but what does it really take for us to make a living off of woodworking. Let’s examine my company...
This video tutorial focuses on mortising the base. Eventually, this section will be reversed and the mortise being made will provide a dovetail-like opening that the chuck’s jaws will grip.There are 3 sections of the segmented vase. Ultimately, all 3 sections will be glued together to form a vase that will be 9” x 12” when finished. There are 18 rings and 24 segments in each ring. (432 total segments). visit…www.TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com Learn more, Ex...
“Too much of even a good thing isn’t good.” Sometimes even if we love what we do, we need a change of pace to keep things exciting and fresh. My scientific mind decided to test that theory and I will certainly let you all know the results. I haven’t been accomplishing what I want lately and I think it is time to take a step back and do something completely unrelated to woodworking and computers today. (Already I am cheating, writing this!) The sun is shining, the...
This isn’t really woodworking, but there’s some wood involved in the presentation. The other day, a friend of ours requested this recipe of Barb’s Calico Beans. She always made these when we went on a picnic, or potluck dinner. We were really impressed by the request, because the person who asked about the recipe hadn’t been in touch with it for about 20 years, but he still remembered how good it tasted. I added my touch to this , by furnishing the maple...
First of all, I want to thank everyone for the comments and advice on yesterday’s post. I really do appreciate the different viewpoints that were given and I honestly feel it will help me make better decisions in the future. In the couple of weeks since I started this blog, I have learned so much for everyone I can’t even tell you. I hope in some ways that I have also been giving you some insight into what it is like to work the way I do. I wasn’t sure that it would be...
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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #15: The Business Side of Woodworking - Risk Taken/Lesson Learned
Besides writing for the magazine and selling patterns through my site, I have a couple of larger companies which I sell my patterns to at a wholesale rate, for them to resell retail. This is a necessary and important part of my job because even though writing for the magazine is wonderful, it is on a free-lance basis and certainly wouldn’t be enough money to sustain me in a living. My own site is doing pretty good, and really gaining momentum since I have spent the time and attention ...
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Perhaps the object pictured above looks a bit like a wooden pineapple, but trust me it will look a whole lot different as you will soon see. There are 14 rings to this vase and a total of 416 segments that are fit and glued together using Titebond 2 yellow glue. If the vase is going to hold water as well as flowers then an opening is necessary. As you can see a 1-7/8” forstner bit is being used to drill out an opening to allow for a glass vial to be inserted. The vas...
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