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700 days ago

Paying a sales person - 14 replies

I am in the process of hiring someone to be a sales person for me. My question is how should I pay him at first like say the first couple weeks to a month. Should I pay him hourly, salary, commision or hybrid. What would you guys do. And I am not familier with hybrid the guy asked me that to. What does that mean. Any helpfull advice would ...

713 days ago

Selling at auctions - 9 replies

Where I live there is a resale shop that just opened up in my town. And I talk to the guy that owns it and found out that he is going to do auctions once a month. So I am thinking of putting some of my smaller things in it like my bookcases and cutting boards. Have any of you guys done any auctions and if you have how did you do and would do ...

732 days ago

Paint or not to paint - 6 replies

I have made some animal puzzles out of wood on my scroll saw. My question is would you paint them or not if you were going to sell them. I am still not sure if I want to or not. Here are some pictures of some of them.

749 days ago

Signing your projects - 18 replies

I have been making furniture for four years now. I know I should of done this right from the start but I haven’t been signing my name on my projects. What are some of the ways of signing my work. I know you can do it by burning it into the wood but what are some other ways.

749 days ago

Business plan - 13 replies

As some of you probably know I have had my own business for awhile now. My wife and I are thinking of changing some of our business the way we do it and things we make. And I am coming up with a business plan so I know what I am going to do. My question is what should I consider when I am coming up with a business plan. Anyone of you that ha...

755 days ago

selling childrens toys - 9 replies

Hi lumber jocks. I am thinking about selling childrens toys and my question is if you ever sold children toys how did they sell and what sold the best. And I realize if I make childrens toys I have to do all of the saftey things and everything else that goes along with it. But my main question is if you make or have made kids toys and you sol...

759 days ago

Furniture store - 17 replies

I have been tring to sell my furniture for 4 years now. My wife and I have had a idea of opening up our own store with the furniture I make and some other things. Would that be a idea to look into or forget the whole thing. It seems in my area a lot of people will go to furniture stores to buy there furniture than go to people like me that ma...

759 days ago

Selling furniture - 4 replies

I have had my business for over four years now. I have done pretty well but I am looking how to get my name out there more. I have been doing craigslist for awhile but like some of the other guys on here people that go onto craigslist are looking for a deal or looking for stuff free. I did have a website made about 3 months ago and I have had...

792 days ago

Flyers - 9 replies

For my business would it be worth it to make fliers and put them around the area I live in or would I be wasting my time with it. Any of you that sell your stuff do you do this and does it work if you do. That and would it be worth it to make a small cataloge or booklet to either post on my website or make them and send them to previous custom...

801 days ago

Website - 7 replies

After having my business for 4 years I fineally broke down and had a website made for my business. I had been thinking of making on for about a year now but I fineally found a company that would make one without charging you a arm and a leg for it and they do a nice job of making it. If you would like to see it my website is

807 days ago

how to fix a ruin spot on a table - 4 replies

Hey lumberjocks my wifes grandma has a spot on her table that needs to be fixed. My wifes grandma was doing her nails at her kitchen table which she probably shouldn’t have done anyways but she got some polish on the tablecloth and it went though her tablecloth and left a couple of spots on her table. Now it won’t come out. What c...

841 days ago

Beeswax polish - 8 replies

Hi lumberjocks, I am wondering is beeswax a good finish to use on furniture. I have a customer that wants me to use beeswax polish or cream. I was seeing if you have ever used it and how did you like it. Is it hard to put on or easy. I have never used it before so this will be my first time using it. Any advice will help. thanks

843 days ago

Have you ever used a shopsmith - 10 replies

I just got a shop smith from somebody and I just wondered if any of you ever had one or do have one and how do you like it. I am talking about the one where it has a drill press, tablesaw, jointer, lathe, sander all in one. I haven’t used mine yet but I plan to. So if you have one how do you like it.

854 days ago

What are the best brands to buy. - 38 replies

I could use your guys input on different brands of tools. About a week ago my sander wasn’t working right. I have a 5’’ orbit sander and it is a craftsman. I was going to use it one day and I turned it on and it started but when I went to sand it would stop on me it wouldn’t sand. But before going out and buying anoth...

863 days ago

Night stands - 2 replies

My wifes uncle made this night stand out of pine. And I was wondering what yours guys thoughts are on how much it could be sold for. My wifes uncle wants to sell it for $50 and I suggested $45. The reason I said $45 was I told him to sell it for a little less and see how they sell and go from there. Or how much do you think they could be...

901 days ago

scroll sawing - 5 replies

I do some scroll sawing sometimes when i’m not making furniture. So far I have only used pine to make things out of. Is hardwoods like maple a good wood to scroll saw with. Is it easy to work with. I wanted to know because I have a lot of scrap maple that is to small for furniture but big enough for scrolling with. Any comments will b...

902 days ago

Etsy store - 8 replies

I have a etsy store and I was wonder you guys that have one on there what do you think sells the best. does smaller items or bigger items sell better. I have had my store on there for 2 years now and I haven’t sold anything. I have had a lot of people interested in my furniture but no sales. So I was wondering if the items that cost le...

910 days ago

Home and Garden Show - 4 replies

I am thinking of doing a home and garden show around where I live next year. I would do it this year but it is like in a month and I don’t have anything ready for it yet. I live in Northern Indiana and the show is the biggest in the area. Any of you LJ’s that live in ohio, michigan, indiana might of heard of it or been to it. It ...

917 days ago

Selling on ebay - 5 replies

I am thinking of selling some of my things on ebay. Has anyone tried doing this and if you have is it worth doing or not. Any advice would help.

924 days ago

shipping - 5 replies

I am looking into shipping some of my furniture I make and my question is should I make my furniture to where the customer has to assemble it or should I make it and ship it in one piece. What would ship better in one piece or in several pieces. Thanks for any advice.

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