This is the second part of my blog and in this blog I am going to talk about writing a business plan, and past mistake I have made in business. Now this is the third shop I have started and if I have learned anything it is this, to be successful you need a plan! There it is. Now the first two times I did not write a business plan, I did not write a marketing plan. Really all I did was run into a guy who knew a guy who had a building to rent and the next thing I knew I had a shop and a whol...
I mentioned in one of my project post where I pictured a small hand plane that I made in my shop that I also make the irons and sharpening stones. I of course make the wood too, since I have a sawmill. Others showed interest in more details, so here they are. I did not know where to start. I am starting with a honing stone I “made”. It did not work out exactly as planned. It is a very good stone and I will use it for honing razors personally and in my business (I run a small sh...
Hey everyone, It was suggested that I start a discussion on how to find and harvest burls. Please give your input also. I don’t deal with straight grain that often. I cut and sell burls for a living so here is what I know. It is illegal to harvest a burl without permission. of course if it is on your own property you can give yourself permission. What I do is put an ad on Craig’s list saying I want your burls. Most people don’t know what burls are. So you don’t get that many calls....
Online Scroll Saw Class - Incredibly Fun Adventures in Scroll Sawing #4: Let the Scrolling Begin - Casting on and Casting Off
Now that everyone has their patterns applied to the wood, we are finally ready to turn on our saws and do some cutting. Since the practice patterns that I have given you have no inside cuts, we are going to learn some practical ways to start and finish our cutting lines. I call this ‘casting on’ and ‘casting off’ the wood. Most people – especially when starting out – just aim for the part of the design that is closest to the edge and start cutting. ...
This is a non traditional workbench designed and built by a homebuilder as his work site saw table. It is a fairly simple design, yet quite sophisticated at the same time. It is very well thought out and quite useful. What makes this one special is the way he designed it to give you space to keep your tools all at hand, but not taking up space on the work surface. I have a feeling that many of the Lumber Jocks here will appreciate it and perhaps want to use it for inspiration. This is u...
I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel in computer land today. I only have an hour or so of work left on the final pattern that I am getting ready for the next update. In tallying the new things that will be up on the site, my contribution alone will be five patterns and I will also be offering a kit. Keith has some very nice patterns to add also. Since we only updated the site a couple of weeks ago, I think that is a good accomplishment. I am wondering why I have been feeling like...
Online Scroll Saw Class - Incredibly Fun Adventures in Scroll Sawing #10: Lesson 10 - Cutting Negative Designs
In scroll sawing, there are several different types of ways to make a nice design. Some people make beautiful portraits by playing with lights and shadows. Here is an example of portrait designs: The above portrait was designed by my partner Keith. I have not yet done much portrait cutting, but there are many scrollers here such as Scroll3r, KnotCurser and William who do really nice work on them. Another type of design is what is referred to as a ‘positive’ design. I...
I am an “Urban Logger”. I only mill trees from town. There is a reason for this. I am a tree hugger (yea really) Not the stereotype, insert your own mental picture here, that have given that title a negative connotation. BUT, I do love trees. I think they are magnificent. I know this sounds weird from a guy that runs a sawmill, you would think I just feel they are for me to chop down and mill and make money from. It’s not like that at all . I started sawmilling just to keep ...
I want to take a minute (or 2or 200) to tell you about an awesome place I found in southern Ca, Santa Ana to be exact. The name of it is Austin Hardwoods & Hardware(714) 953-4000 610 N Santiago St, Santa Ana, CA 92701. The cross streets: Between E 6th St and E Santa Ana Blvd, This is the most outrageous place to locate the elite of hardwoods. Less than 20 miles from my fathers house in so. Ca. It is an absolute must stop for me when I go down to visit my father. They have wood there th...
O. K. you guys. You say you needed photographs. I really don’t understand. Guys, one is white and one is green. I hope this helps you get a visual. We should get back on topic for #5. I took this picture today. Shameless Promotion: http://www.dustnlint.com
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