Today’s post will be short, I expect. Unless I start to ramble. I don’t believe I have much to say that is exciting or very interesting. I spent yesterday buried under a blanket of HTML working on the web site. Dawn to dusk if you will. (In between I made a meat loaf – but that was just to take a break and get away for a bit.) I did reach my goal though of checking each of the nearly 400 products and checking and rewriting the descriptions. Somehow it doesn’t ...
There are so many different facets to having my own business as a designer. Drawing the pattern and making the prototype are just a small part of the process. Once those steps are completed, then there is the task of making the pattern packet. This includes photography and writing. It also includes laying out the pattern in a packet format. Then comes the marketing part. I need to decide whether it going to the magazine or directly to the wholesalers and for sale on my own site. If it i...
In the past couple of months, I’ve been asked to take on a few small projects. Sometimes as simple as gluing a chair back together, sometimes a little more involved. Yesterday I received an amazing “Thank You” card from a lady who had come into my workshop with a small tricycle planter that was missing the planter portion. At the time I felt bad about charging her for repairing it, so I said whatever you have on hand is fine, and I would call her when it was finished. ...
I am quite proud of how things worked out yesterday. It feels wonderful when things actually work out how they are supposed to. I spent the day cutting for the most part and by 4pm I had not one but two new trays cut out. When I was writing about it yesterday morning, I was wondering if I would be able to accomplish it. After the Wright tray taking so long, my confidence in myself was a bit shaken. Not in the sense if I was able to do it or not but in the time line. Both patterns went...
Good evening LJ’s This blog is dedicated to the one who really wants to start a business whether it’s woodworking or otherwise :) Last week I blogged about Mrs. Sheila my friend and counsel retiring, well this week I have been in a funk :( My job hasn’t gotten any better and my former neighbor telling me I needed to give up on my business because I probably won’t make it. To say the least I was severely discouraged :( Well a few years back a special person at w...
Today will certainly be a full day. Right now it is quiet, but as soon as the hour is decent, I need to start working on my two trays to cut out. I had a good day yesterday. We went to our friend’s house on the little lake and the colors were just amazing. Even though it was raining and the skies were gray most of the day, it didn’t take away from the incredible colors of the trees. It is that rare time when you can see all the colors at once – red, orange, gold and green...
In answer to a question from LJ Sharon aka PurpLev.... I took some close up pics of the Carb-i-tool 55 mm 3 flute surfacing cutter… this bit has 3 rotatable replaceable carbide tips…. as they dull or are damaged you loosen of the holding screw with the tool supplied and rotate 90 degrees to a new face… when all 4 are used… just replace for a few dollars each.This is a fairly powerful router bit and it is advised only to use it in some form of jig… such as the ...
I’m going to cover this briefly… the idea of using a hosted e-commerce service. These sites provide a full store with templates, integration with QuickBooks, customer relationship management software (CRM), etc. In the “old” days, the big player in this space was Yahoo’s Yahoo Stores which is still out there. When I discussed my thoughts leaning towards WordPress, a good friend recommended that I consider Volution – this is an interesting option as you c...
It is only a little after 6:30 and I already scored a major victory! What a wonderful day it is going to be! OK – so it may not be major to everyone else, but it certainly is to me. Many of you may remember that I am in the process of changing over to new software on my site. This is an enormous and complicated task, as I have over 300+ products right now and the list is growing every day. Getting things in the proper order and presenting them in an organized way is no small task....
Prologue My reason for being here, at least initially, was to learn about woodworking in support of my mission to launch a board game company. My thinking here is that most board games are temporary – they are made of cardboard and plastic. Why not build quality, original permanent games? This also finesses one of the problems that board game developers have today – they need to produce a large number of copies to get economies of scale for print production. With a goo...
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