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09-22-2014 01:57 AM

My Stuff was stolen - and I'm happy about it. - 6 replies

So I made a small desk clock for a friend of mine, a teacher, to have in the class. It was custom little number, with purple heart. I was in her class room for the first time the other day, and asked her about it. Apparently, it’s been swiped. She didn’t want to tell me, thinking I’d be mad/angry/sad. Actually, I found...

08-08-2014 03:18 AM

How to Make Love to your Customers! - 9 replies

Metaphorically speaking of course. You have to have foreplay, the Big Event, and the afterglow. Simple. You can see more at my website, a link to which I will not include here, since some people might take great offense, and we can’t have that.

07-23-2014 02:54 AM

Why you might want to join Pinterest - 3 replies

Pinterest is a visual discovery tool, a free website you can use to get ideas about all kinds of woodworking things. And not just that, but anything else you’re interested in – home decorating, furniture, crafts, model airplanes – you name it. How do you use it? You make a free account, and you make “boards” to p...

07-11-2014 01:35 PM

Why You NEED to Learn SketchUp! - 60 replies

It’s all about the design, baby, and doing it on the computer is the best way. I make my case in my latest blog post, “Why You NEED to learn SketchUp!” found here.

07-08-2014 11:45 PM

Help Me Design This App! - 53 replies

Well, I think I’ll get away from my opinion on tools for the time being, lol. I would like YOUR advice on a project I’m contemplating; not a wood project per se, but a “tool” of sorts. If you use iPhone apps in the workshop, this question is for you. I’m currently designing an app that is truly helpful –...

07-06-2014 12:25 AM

Why You Need to Buy Expensive Tools! - 165 replies

I think tools for men are like shoes are to women – can’t have enough. However, we sometimes get caught with the paradigm of using the cheapest tools. In my new ShopNotes post, I discuss why buying expensive tools is a good thing. See that post here.

06-05-2014 03:08 AM

WD-40 and it's many shop uses - 40 replies

I list a number of great uses of WD-40 in the wood shop specifically in this ShopNotes blog post.

05-31-2014 05:50 PM

On the Eighth Day, God Made the Craftsman - 3 replies

On the Eighth Day, God Made the Craftsman – a composition that can be found on my blog: http://wp.me/ppja6-nK

05-29-2014 09:50 PM

Beating the Shipping Cost Factor! - 10 replies

Don’t let high shipping cost deter a sale! Find out how to beat it in my ShopNotes Blog!

04-29-2014 09:07 PM

How to print on wood! - 1 reply

In this ShopNotes Blog post, I show how to print on wood! Best of all, it’s pretty painless!

04-28-2014 01:47 AM

Cutting a circle SHOULDNT be this hard. - 22 replies

Here’s the deal: I’m trying to cut a circle, like a hula-hoop shape, as a circle for a clock bezel. So, there is an inner and outer cut. It would be made out of hardwoods like walnut, cherry, etc. the size is 6” outer, 5” inner, 1/2” thick. Having a really hard time. A wing cutter sorta works – but is da...

03-16-2014 11:38 AM

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...

03-13-2014 01:33 AM

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.

02-19-2014 06:43 PM

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...

02-11-2014 01:52 AM

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….

12-20-2013 02:37 PM

The Goldilocks Strategy - 3 replies

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.

12-12-2013 04:18 PM

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.

12-10-2013 01:58 PM

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.

12-06-2013 10:29 PM

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…...

12-06-2013 02:38 PM

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.

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