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02-13-2012 08:32 PM

DePaul University Students doing a Power Tool Marketing Project asking woodworkers to take Survey - 11 replies

Hey Lumberjocks, here is an online survey for a group of Marketing Students at DePaul University. I don’t know much about DePaul University, nor where the school is, but I do know that I don’t like them since they beat my Kansas State Wildcats in a BIG basketball tourney some years ago (NIT). I don’t now remember the detail...

10-22-2010 11:31 PM

Large American Oak Tree in Bedford, New York is Free for the Taking - 11 replies

Hey Lumberjocks, want some free Oak wood? A lady emailed me this morning saying that she has a large American Oak Tree that needs to be removed from it’s current location. It’s too far from Kansas to Bedford, New York, so I thought I would alert the lumberjocks to see if someone else could benefit from the tree. She wants it to...

09-18-2007 02:39 PM

Lumberjock's Journal of Awards for 2007 - 16 replies

Hey Lumberjocks. This past week I blogged about my State Fair experience here in Kansas, and I couldn’t help but wonder who else in our community has won ribbons, awards, grants, cash, etc. from events and shows this year. So, last night as I was laying in bed thinking about lumberjocks, the “site” that is, I thought it wou...

07-03-2007 02:53 PM

Developing a "Presence" (formerly Image) of Yourself and Your Work for Customers. - 55 replies

Update from 12-15-2007: Skim Readers: I am learning in my computer-based writings, that folks seem to “skim” read, not fully comprehending what I am saying, as they miss details moving quickly down the screen. I haven’t figured out how to stop this, other than to write in shorter sentences, fewer paragraphs, and say nothing...

07-03-2007 02:40 PM

What is an Heirloom? - 36 replies

I have been using a term in my marketing materials…..”Heirloom Furniture.” I have also seen others use this term. Recently a fellow professional woodworker used this term several times describing his work to me during a phone conversation we had. I looked at photos of his work, and then looked at my work, and I started t...

05-27-2007 08:14 AM

Business Cards, Brochures, and Promotional Items - who needs them? - 40 replies

During my recent church commission work, I had the blessing of working along side a really excellent craftsman (and nice guy) who did a bunch of remodeling work on the church. Since we were both working at the church, we went to lunch together, and I enjoyed getting to know him, and his wife, who also stopped by for lunch several times. One...

01-12-2007 06:49 PM

Wet vs. Dry? Knowing when to start working the wood - Using 2-Pin Moisture Meters (1-12-2007) - 19 replies

I don’t have time to do this topic full justice this morning, but I was going through receipts getting ready for taxes, and I found my receipt for the wood pin moisture meter I bought in 2006. This was my first attempt at reading moisture in wood, but since I was self drying 2” thick white oak in a home built dehumidifcation dryin...

01-07-2007 03:53 AM

Folding Cabinet Saw Side-Table Extension Updated 1-19-2007 (copywrite 1-6-2007 & 1-19-20 M.A. DeCou) - 8 replies

I have been wishing for a bigger surface around my table saw so that I could cut big sheets of plywood, long pieces of hardwood, and have extra room to work on when my workbench is covered up. I have a small shop, 22’x32’, and it is cram packed with stuff. Anything I add to my shop has to be mobile, foldable, or storable. I use ...

01-03-2007 07:59 AM

Who made the clocks for the movie "Bicentennial Man" starring Robin Williams? - 1 reply

Several years ago I saw a movie where Robin Williams plays a robot and learns to do woodworking, and makes clocks. The clocks in the movie are really cool, and I tried at the time to find out who made them, but failed. My dad was over this weekend, brainstorming about what type of clock to build with some German works I bought at an auction ...

01-03-2007 07:05 AM

You might be married to a Lumberjock, if............... - 25 replies

After some funny input today, I have decided to risk it all and open a new Topic, expecting that at least some of the input would be coming from the spouses of the lumberjocks. I don’t know whether my own wife will want to type in some comments, or just give them to me to type in for her, but here it goes: 1) From Obi: YOU MIGHT BE M...

11-24-2006 09:08 PM

Sticking it Together; What Glue to Use? - 18 replies

================================== 2-21-2012 UPDATE: This short Lumberjock’s Forum Topic article was updated and expanded suitable for printing in the “The Maine Journal of Antiques & Collectibles”. For a reprint of the better, and expanded article, contact: Bob Stover, PublisherThe Maine Journal of Antiques & Collectibles...

11-22-2006 06:59 PM

Bosch Portable Table Saw Review (Updated 4-16-2007) - 17 replies

Recently I agreed to do a window trim project for a family, thinking that I could rip all of the boards to width at my house, and then cut them to length at the jobsite. Then after taking careful measurements the night before the job, I realized that each board would have to be ripped individually, as the older home and the new windows didn’t h...

11-10-2006 04:44 PM

Duplicating Carvings & Gothic Panels - 5 replies

Hey jocks:I am working through the process of how to do two complicated tasks associated with traditional church furniture. The first is how to duplicate the carved corner column tops that are painted gold. I could carve out of wood the four copies I need, but I have been wanting to try my hands at poured resin castings. I have never done thi...

10-18-2006 06:50 PM

Counting The Cost: Estimating Questions - 18 replies

I have struggled for many years to know, without much doubt, what a new project will cost to build. You know, the time, materials, overheads, etc. We all have different material costs depending on what material we use, and we all have different overhead costs. So, my real question has to do with figuring the labor costs of typical projects. ...

10-12-2006 05:25 PM

It's So Wide, Now What? Handling Boards Wider than Your Jointer and Planer. - 14 replies

I have to admit that I am a stubborn guy in a lot of ways. Ok, maybe most ways. First I’m short of the Capital I need to run a small business and buy tools I need, and I won’t borrow money. I also live in a remote place because I would rather hear coyotes than a neighbor’s yapping mutts. However, this quiet country-life r...

10-09-2006 08:48 PM

Oh My word, what about health insurance? - 40 replies

NOW HEAR THIS: I do not get anything from anyone for posting any names of health providers in this Forum. I do not sell insurance, nor get any commissions from any insurance companies (but I would be open to getting paid, so call me!), so what I have to say is a personal opinion, only provided to help open the discussion, and see what others a...

10-04-2006 04:28 PM

Sam Maloof Speaks at the 2006 Western Design Conference; A Summary by Mark DeCou - 11 replies

My Summary of the 2006 Western Design Conference Show in Cody, WY For the website Forum By M.A. DeCou, updated 9-15-2007copyright M.A. DeCou, all rights reserved.================================================== This is a picture of Sam Maloof after his lecture. He said that he is 91 years old and still works in the...

08-18-2006 12:43 AM

What Price to Sell it For? - 31 replies

Hey jocks:I was interested in getting some feedback as to what woodworkers think in relation to what pricing they are willing to sell their work for. Do you use time & material pricing, such that you figure up the material costs and add to it the number of hours it will take with predetermined shop rate per hour? Or, do you price things in...

08-05-2006 06:25 AM

Project Proportions & Dimensions - 3 replies

Hey Fellow Lumberjocks:Have you ever decided to start a new project, or build something for someone, where a specific sized item was to be built? Of course, we all have. However, what does a lumberjock do when they are faced with making up the dimensions of a project by their own choice? How big should the Hutch be on a China Hutch in compa...

08-04-2006 06:20 PM

Artisan vs. Craftsman - 27 replies

Hey Jocks:I’ve been thinking about something, and thought I would get some input. Most of us living in the USA, live, work, and sell our works, to a culture where the terms “craft” and “art” has become widely used, with variations as to the definition of the words. I also see that many woodworkers from around th...

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