I’ve recently been in the market for a new dust collector. I really care about filtration, but do I really need a shop fox or grizzly portable cyclone, or should I go for a cheaper single stage model. I am just a hobbyist with a small shop in a two car garage. Any recommendations?
I had quite a productive day yesterday, but everything was done at a relaxed pace which even made it better. I sanded and re-coated the chalk board, which I am going to allow to dry a bit more before trying it out, and I also got caught up on my mail. I then put together a pattern, and I worked on making a second packet for the painted pumpkin candle tray that I made last week, which will take a bit of doing. One thing about painting patterns is that they are quite a bit more involved th...
Well in an effort to clear out my head and keep customers up to date on their projects I’ve started a blog. Plus with all the tools that come and go in my shop it’ll be a good way to review and post on these items. Everyone loves pictures so much like a kids book there will be lots and lots of pictures hooray! I haven’t really done a blog before but since my main employment includes long hours of “hurry up and wait” I might as well be productive. Oh and in case y...
I am writing about what it’s like trying to make a living as a woodworker. I have to consider myself a professional woodworker since it’s all I do since retiring from the Navy and then from the Nuclear Power Utility industry about 12 years ago. I have never blogged before so it will take me some time to get over the learning curve. I really don’t know how this works so I’ll just start writing and hope I get some help along the way. Will be back soon. I’ve ...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #623: Not Out of the Woods Yet With This Design
I’ve come to a point in the new project where I have to put my thinking cap on. While everything for the most part was going smoothly, I came across some things that I feel need to be changed. I didn’t have much of a chance to work on it yesterday because we needed to go to Yarmouth and meet with the accountant. Our appointment was mid-morning and since it takes us about 45 minutes to get there, after writing here and getting the regular morning stuff done, it left no time to...
The shop is under construction, I will try to keep the pics up dated as I near completion. I have been working on the new shop on the weekends for about 3 months now.The shop is 28×24 with a small 5×10 section cut out to avoid cutting down a tree and a 10×12 bump out on the other end that was a shed I built last year and have decided to incorporate it into the new shop we should end up at 630 sq ft small…..but Ill try to make it work. Equipment Powermatic table sawDelta Band SawJet p...
I never know what is going to trigger an idea. More so than not, when I am looking for something, I can’t find anything suitable but when I least expect it, something jumps out at me. Every project idea that I see isn’t always what I would call ‘original.’ But I don’t think that it always has to be. Lots of times I will see stuff that is already available or on the market that is a cute idea, but I think of how I can modify it or improve on it so that peopl...
I spent yesterday finishing up on organizing files and getting everything in ‘perfect’ order. After Monday’s day of sorting thorough receipts and figures, the simple act of putting things in their proper place and throwing out what isn’t needed was quite infectious and continued throughout yesterday. I am a list keeper – whether it be in my head or on actual paper – and I have had several things that needed this or that and were nagging me from the back...
OK scrollers – I have been scrolling for about two years and have posted many projects. What is next on the business plan. This is the question I can’t seem to answer. What way do you take you hobby/ part time business and still make it FUN. I have kinda been in a lull since Christmas. I have done many craft shows and they seem fun and I do sell well at them but they seem few at this time of the year. I would love to have one about every six weeks to two months but that is not ...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #620: Looking At Things Realistically Can Be a Good Thing
I really am proud of myself. I know it is probably silly to be proud of yourself for doing something that you should have been doing anyway, but I can’t help feeling like a huge burden is off of me. I spent the entire day yesterday working on organizing and categorizing my paperwork and getting everything in order. It isn’t one of my strong points, but it isn’t a disaster either. At the very least, I keep just about every scrap of paper and receipt in one place. That ...
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