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07-06-2017 11:27 PM

Lessons from the sawmill today - 30 replies

Sawed for 4 hours at 93° and sunny. Took a few personal notes that I thought I would share. 1. It took this many bottles of water and I am still thirsty. 2. It takes more gas and patience to saw at 93°. I ran out of both. 3. Disconnect the electricity before grabbing bandsaw blade that’s leaning against it. Note to brother, y...

04-19-2017 02:23 AM

How much promotion do you do on social media? - 20 replies

I have had my work on Facebook for a few years, but never really promoted it. This past March I decided to promote it and actually paid for ads on Facebook. It actually worked very well. Now I am contemplating Instagram. Does anyone use it and do you think it helps? What other promotional opportunities do you use?

01-05-2017 12:15 AM

Coming to Minneapolis if anyone wants blue pine - 2 replies

On the 11th and 12th of January I have to be in Minneapolis MN. Just thought if anyone along the way wanted Beetle Kill Pine (or any other wood I have) just drop me a note and I will bring it with me. Thank you

01-05-2017 12:12 AM

Coming to Minneapolis if anyone wants blue pine - 1 reply

On the 11th and 12th of January I have to be in Minneapolis MN. Just thought if anyone along the way wanted Beetle Kill Pine (or any other wood I have) just drop me a note and I will bring it with me. Thank you

09-19-2016 01:41 AM

Butterfly leaf table questions - 4 replies

I am preparing to build a butterfly leaf table. There is to be 2 butterfly type leaves in the table. I have watched LOTS of videos and looked at lots of designs and pictures. They all do the exact same thing. They either use all of the leaves or none of them. So my question is, can they use just 1 leaf with gear-driven slides? I have both types ...

02-06-2016 01:44 PM

Other than epoxy for bartops/counter tops - 23 replies

I have used a lot of 2 part epoxy for these. While I like the product very much for some applications, the high-gloss and hassles are not good for many applications. So when used properly, what is a good water-resistant finish?

06-09-2015 03:12 AM

Question for laser engravers - 3 replies

Just bought a small laser engraver. I have both Moshidraw and Coreldraw available. Any preferences?

06-08-2015 09:43 PM

Sturgis 2015 - 14 replies

This is the 75th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. I would like to extend an invitation to any Lumberjocks coming to the rally to stop by my place. I am 6 miles from Sturgis. Have a great summer everyone.

01-01-2015 12:45 PM

2014 in review, hard but going in the right direction. - 33 replies

One year ago I was coming from what I considered to be a rough year. But I felt that the future looked bright. Well of course January 20th a bright future seemed lost with the loss of my shop. My goal going into the year was to have a 50% increase in my business. At that point, it seemed not only impossible, but could I have the stom...

08-22-2014 03:08 AM

High pressure vs low pressure sales - 38 replies

I generally don’t go rushing up to everyone who walks into my booth. I position myself in the center and greet everyone who comes in. Depending on how they are going through, I offer information about the wood and the way I produce the items. I generally never give them the speech about how I think they really need any item. Does my app...

07-04-2014 12:48 AM

Tree ID hopefully - 35 replies

I was cutting trees in north central Nebraska today. Ran across a tree that we couldn’t identify. I could not get very close to the leaves, but zoomed in as much as I could. The bark ran up the trunk is a spiral pattern. Here is a picture of the tree from a distance. The trees in the area that it didn’t match wer...

05-28-2014 12:19 AM

How much time do you spend on the parts they don't see? - 46 replies

I have been doing a lot of sanding this afternoon. Some of the areas that I am sanding are where realistically they will never see (underneath in this case). The question goes for sanding and for putting the finish on, do you spend as much time on those areas as the obvious ones? I usually do, am I obsessive?

04-10-2014 05:44 PM

When to brand - 13 replies

I am ready to put the finish on a hope chest for a customer. They want to put the family brand on it with a hot iron. Myquestion is, do I put any ffinish on before they brand or just wait till after? Thanks for reading.

03-24-2014 03:43 AM

How well do you know your own style? - 26 replies

I think that all of us have had “throw together” projects. They aren’t built in a certain style, only made to fit a need at the time. These are not what I am asking about. Most of us here follow certain styles of woodworking. These are usually referred to by the most notable woodworkers performing them (or creating them). Fo...

02-26-2014 01:30 AM

Asking help on pricing these tools - 23 replies

Had a call from a lady that had heard about my fire. Her husband passed 5 years ago. His woodshop has been shut down for about 7 years. She offered to sell me anything out of there that I wanted. So I went to look. No real goldmine finds, but a few things that are alright to help get me running. Keep in mind that most of this is in the 10-15 yea...

02-18-2014 01:57 AM

Termite treatment? - 15 replies

I have never had to deal with termites. But I have a customer that wants to ship some of my items to an area that does have them. Is there a way to treat the items to protect them? Thanks for reading.

02-01-2014 01:43 AM

Do you really remember everything in your shop? - 44 replies

Over the last couple weeks I have thought a lot about everything in the shop that was never on “the list”. We all keep track of major tools, stationary power tools, portable power tools, all of our commonly used hand tools, maybe a fancy workbench and so on. But how often do you think of things like ladders (I had 4 fiberglass ladder...

01-31-2014 01:08 AM

Kindness from an LJ - 26 replies

I have received LOTS of well wishes from the entire community. Today, one took it a step further. In a package that only an LJ would send He sent this set of chisels Once again showing why I am proud to be associated with this group. This is highly appreciated and will be greatfullyuutilized.

01-23-2014 11:42 AM

Is there an advantage to worm-drive circular saw? - 44 replies

I am shopping for new tools. Just wondering if there is an advantage to having a worm drive on a circular saw. Thanks for reading

01-22-2014 01:40 AM

Follow up and a big THANK YOU - 45 replies

First I want to say thank you to all of the support I have received from the Lumberjocks community. I was surprised, impressed and humbled by how much support I have received. It’s an honor. First I want to say that the clean up starts this weekend and I will start building a new shop in a month or so. I am happy to say that the new sho...

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