Sometimes I can be somewhat dorky. By that I mean that the silliest things make me happy – things that are so small and insignificant that most normal people wouldn’t notice. I spent the entire day yesterday cleaning up and organizing my computer, and boy am I happy! As usual at this time of year, it really was a mess. I think that when I am pressed for time, I tend to not put things where they should go immediately and as with anything, they tend to build up. Even my desk ...
I feel like I have been on vacation for a month! I am not sure why, because I was doing things all the time. Lots of them had to do with the business too. But I suppose the main focus was getting my personal stuff done and really enjoying the holiday. And that I did. I have been wishing for snow for the last several days now. Having a beautiful white blanket during the holidays just sets the mood right for me. We have received nothing but a couple of light flurries which dusted the l...
Merry Christmas LJ’s, Now you’ve started your business and worked hard at it right? Still not going anywhere? customers having doubt’s ? Do you do great work? Use Good materials ? Got all your ducks in a row? What’s Wrong? Why me? Well my friend it isn’t your work or you personally it is the way you present your business (now don’t take it Personal) But just take a look around at any major fortune 500 or successful American business They have MVP’S...
Hello i was interested in ordering from Steebar but saw a few negative reviews from 2008 and was wondering if anyone has ordered from them recently, and if the experience was any good?
I am sitting here this morning and having a difficult time getting started writing. Not because I have little to say, but quite the opposite. The problem being that what is going through my mind aren’t all pleasant or positive thoughts, but actually a rather harsh and realistic look at things and my business in general. I have posted in this series for over 200 consecutive days now, and when I began this blog, I decided that this journal of my business and how it affects my daily l...
Well, we are all getting into the final countdown. It seems like I haven’t been at the scroll saw in years! I think it is good to get away though for a couple of weeks and shift gears to something else. I have a list of things I want to do soon after the holidays and I am very anxious to get at it. And of course there is preparation for the show. I think there is much to be said for diversification. It is good for us on so many levels. Perhaps that is why woodworking is such a ...
I cut all of the parts for the bases over the last couple of weeks, mortise and tenoned all of the rails and legs and rails, and assembled the bases. Each table used a custom jig for cutting the tapers on the table saw. My hope is to use these again for another commissioned project. They handle 26 1/4” and 28 1/4” legs. Each taper starts 1” below the edge of the rails, ending to a 7/8” taper at the ends. The sapele really planes well with a sharp low-angle blade....
For the past 3 years, a good friend and myself have been building fold-able or collapsible children’s playhouses out of MDF board. These units can fold flat and be stored in a closet or underneath a bed. They are usually a successful sell but we also only move about 5 units a season. That’s okay because they are always way more work than what we can sell them for. But we both knew that from the very beginning. To tell you the truth, the money we get back pretty much breaks even on...
Sometimes all it takes is just one person to ask a question for me to be inspired. I believe that is why networking and interaction with others who have similar interests is very important. There are many small bits of information that we have learned from our daily woodworking and other related crafts and after years of doing things, we take them for granted. I believe this is true for all of us. In the process of creating, we have performed these steps so many times that they become sec...
Here it is Dec 16th already and my crasft season has ended. Oct 16th marked my first FULL year of craft shows. I learned a lot this last year. Mainly, when setting up or getting ready for a show, you REALLY haven’t a clue as to what will sell and what won’t….... I thnk it’s like the coined phrase, “Ya pays ya nickle and ya takes ya chances”. SO TRUE. I know one thing (OK, maybe a couple) LVDTs are always a popular item and I will continue to make them...
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