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|840 days ago||
About that show! - 17 replies
I promised a feedback from the show that I participated in last month. It was just awful! Yes, there were nearly thirty thousand people there, but did they forget their wallets? In hindsight, nothing kills sales faster than a plunging stock market. Even my high end customers, who stopped by to tell me how much they love the pieces they have ...
|866 days ago||
The truth is stranger than fiction - 29 replies
I received a call from a client yesterday. She had seen one of my newest rocking chairs in a gallery and decided that she wanted to trade her chair for a new chair. The chair that she owns was a commission piece 5 (that’s right FIVE) years ago. She likes the new one better since it has curly koa and extra details that her chair doesn...
|1045 days ago||
why so up tight!? - 26 replies
I ran across a piece of tension wood yesterday, actually I didn’t know it was tension wood until it literally exploded on my table saw! As you might well imagine, I did get slashed across my thumb in about a nanosecond. About fifteen years ago a piece of tension wood exploded on a smaller saw and the fragments hit like a cluster bomb. I...
|1179 days ago||
Don't sweat the small stuff - 31 replies
That’s what I said to myself, “Don’t sweat the small stuff”. Here’s how that feeling of sheer dread came about: When one of my clients ask me to come to his home and look at the furniture he wanted me to make, I jumped at the chance. I had already made his wife a desk, a rocking chair for their daughter, three ...
|1223 days ago||
It's just a box - 14 replies
A few weeks ago, a fellow woodworker came to Hawaii with her mother on vacation. Tragically her mother had a stroke and died. Long story short, she contacted me and asked if we could make an urn for her mother. That experience was both sad and enlightening for me. The other day, I decided that I will make MY urn. I’m healthy with plen...
|1357 days ago||
any ljs from maryland? - 9 replies
Are there any lumberjocks out there from Maryland? I’m looking to get a place near Annapolis.
|1415 days ago||
good commission - 15 replies
Just when I thought the economy was supposed to be on life support, I get a big commission. This client wants a pair of armoires, a desk and an entertainment center. Awesome!!!!!!!!Is anyone else out there finding that business is rebounding a bit?
|1419 days ago||
swivel stool - 7 replies
How do you attach the metal swivel plate to a stool? I have the instructions that Rockler provides online and I’m scratching my head. You attach the plate to the seat bottom with screws or bolts. Take it off, drill some pilot holes through the seat top, then reattach it to the bottom, put the top in place and add the screws. What??! ...
|1428 days ago||
pergola - 5 replies
This weekend I will complete the refurbishing of my 20 year old pergola. I find it is useful to take a second look at a project and see how you could have improved the design. Here’s what I learned from the pergola:1. I failed to appreciate that once the stephanotis vine took over the pergola that I would be unable to maintain the finish...