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39 days ago

Taper Jig for Planer - large piece - 11 replies

Has anyone used a tapering jig for a thickness planer? I’m not talking about one for a table leg, but for a wide piece? What I’m trying to do is take a 1” thick piece of stock, about 7”x7”, and create a ramp, or a taper from one side almost to the other. The thin end of the taper would be about 1/4”, and wo...

43 days ago

Simplicity in Design - 3 replies

What is simplicity, and why is it important in design? Is it ALWAYS the best way? I discuss the touchy subject of design simplicity – again – in my latest ShopNotes blog post.

64 days ago

Question about full extension drawer slides... - 30 replies

Okay, so the customer wants “full extension drawer slides”, which, as I understand it, allows the drawer to be pulled out so that the back of the drawer (at least) meets, or goes beyond the face frame. The drawer length, from the back of the false front to the back of the back is 28”. I know this sounds stupid, but do I b...

73 days ago

A Slow Nickel, or a Fast Dime - 8 replies

In this meandering Shopnotes blog post, I talk about the merits of pricing high and pricing low….

125 days ago

The Goldilocks Strategy - 1 reply

What can the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears teach us about marketing our work? Find out in this latest post in my ShopNotes Blog.

133 days ago

The Cheapest Add-On That Sells Products - 11 replies

The cheapest add-on to your products will cost you little, if anything, and put you ahead of your competition. See ShopNotes here for more.

135 days ago

Secrets to Marketing on the Internet (So Far) - 10 replies

Selling on the Internet? How to do it? Why do it? I share what I’ve learned in my latest ShopNotes blog post, “Secrets to Marketing on the Internet (So Far)” which you can see here.

139 days ago

Help with dovetail jig - 13 replies

Could use some assistance – I bought I nice Porter Cable dovetail jig. Trying to get it to to half-blind dovetails….I THINK I have it right, as seen here: Seems I need a minor adjustment on the template position, moving it a bit away from me? Yes, they look good, but they good in tight – I have to pound them in…...

139 days ago

The Secret on What to Build - 23 replies

Every woodworker that wants to make a living (or at least, some nice side income) at woodworking wants one question answered: What should I build that will sell?! In my latest ShopNotes Blog post, I answer that.

141 days ago

Charge More! - 50 replies

In my latest ShopNotes blog post, I explore why sometimes you need to charge more.

150 days ago

Dovetail Jig - Questions on use - 2 replies

I’ve never used a dovetail jig for a router, so I had a couple of questions. 1) will it work on angled faces? The angle of the drawer front is 7 degrees. 2) Is it ok to used mixed thickness woods? I’d like to go 3/4” on the drawer front and 1/2” on the sides…. Thanks!

169 days ago

New Maker's Mark - 7 replies

My first batch of engraved brass plates for my work; Patrick has arrived! This was made by Vidi at Makers Marks I had a hard time with him, and getting the product took months, but the product is good. I paid about $71 for 10 of these.

182 days ago

Why do you love your drum sander? - 30 replies

Thinking of getting a drum sander for my shop. I assume it will save a lot of time sanding, and give me better results than a random orbital sander will. Has that been you experience?

217 days ago

Cutting through 1.5" oak - the straight way! - 20 replies

Don’t you love when you take on a project, and don’t stop to think how you can accomplish it, technically?! Here’s my dilemma – doing a desk. The top is 1.5” white oak. I need to do several cut-outs for electronic panels that are to be sunken into the desk – basically, rounded-corner squares, about 14”...

243 days ago

Scroll saw recommendations? - 3 replies

Gentlemen, start your engines. I am looking in the very near future a new scroll saw. I want a saw that I can do fine marquetry / inlay work with. I want one with plain, pin-less type blades. I am willing to spend upwards of $400. I want a good quality product, not something shoddy. I have looked all over for reviews, and am hearing mixed thi...

248 days ago

Portable Oscillating Spindle Sander - no more? - 10 replies

I recalled Porter Cable's Portable Oscillating Spindle Sander recently, as I had an occasion for just such a tool. I tried researching it, but it seems they don’t make them anymore? Anyone know of another brand that makes those? I couldn’t find anything.

249 days ago

Best Pencil? - 25 replies

I’m sick of sharpening my pencil every 10 inches of writing on wood! I’m using the standard #2, a soft one, I’m sure. I need something that is hard enough to hold a sharp point, as I often use a precision measuring tool that has very small holes. I don’t want to use anything with ink. Is there anything easily obtainabl...

252 days ago

How can going green(er) be good for the woodworker? - 3 replies

This latest blog post discusses how going green(er) can be a win-win situation for the woodworker

257 days ago

Wholesaler Shows? - 5 replies

Is anyone aware of wholesaler shows for woodworkers? I’m not talking about public shows, like a festival type of thing, but a show in which woodworkers (or wallpaper, pottery, printed arts people) each have booths, and wholesale buyers, such as small businesses or interior decorators will come in and order a sizable amount of your produ...

260 days ago

Is the Simplest Design the Best Design? - 58 replies

In this blog post, I argue that the simplest design is the best design; do you agree?

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