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264 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.

278 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?

312 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”...

338 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...

343 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.

344 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...

347 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

352 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...

355 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?

357 days ago

The Joy of Woodworking - 4 replies

A second blog post today – sorry, I’m in the writing mood! However, I think you will find this post especially meaningful. It’s not about a technique or marketing; it’s about the actual joy of woodworking. I think you will find yourself shaking your head in agreement, and walk away feeling good about your hobby (or...

357 days ago

Are Production Runs the Only Way to Make a Living in Woodworking? - 35 replies

In my last ShopNotes blog, I discuss how perhaps production runs of a carefully designed piece are the only way to make a living at woodworking. See the article here.

427 days ago

The Three Types of Woodworking Dogs - 4 replies

I’m quite pleased with my latest ShopNotes blog post, at my website, and wanted to let you guys know about it – I hope you can find something in it to help you advance your woodworking sales! The Three Types of Woodworking Dogs – All vocations have a pecking order, every company has a hierarchy. There is the newbie, ther...

520 days ago

Rigid R4512 or Porter Cable PCB270TS Table Saw? - 3 replies

Time for a new table saw. Believe it or not, this boy has been making some decent stuff on….a DeWalt DW744X contractor saw, Which I’ve had for like, 10 years. I think the bearings are starting to go. I got a good deal on it at the time, around $329 as I recall. So I don’t want to spend a ton of money on a saw, and...

583 days ago

Finished with Finishing - 42 replies

I swear, finishing (from sanding to the last topcoat) is the bane of my woodworking; I spend twice as much time sanding, sealcoating, staining, top coating and waxing as I do breaking down the lumber, finish cutting and assembly. I have no love for laborious sanding, either. Yes, I know I could do a simpler finish (sometimes I just sand to 220 a...

584 days ago

Bush Oil finishing system. - 7 replies

Can you share your experience with Bush Oil products? I saw a brief demo at my wood supplier, and it seemed amazing, especially the sanding system, which is with sanding blocks – it just seems to take a few strokes! Any feedback is much appreciated!

595 days ago

Uplifting Video for Christmas ;) - 1 reply

Something uplifting, for once: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vnt7euRF5Pg&list=FLmExNuyWrobCBbeYV-2Cycw

608 days ago

CustomMade.com working for me - 25 replies

About a year and a half ago, I entertained the idea of joining custommade.com, a website in which craftspeople like myself are connected to prospective customers looking for custom made crafted products; not just objects of wood, but metal work, apparel, glasswork, and more. Not only do craftspeople submit their items for sale – a portfolio – bu...

624 days ago

Don't Get Taken By This Scam - 28 replies

I wanted to pass along a story to you guys a story of me ALMOST getting scammed, so you don’t fall prey either! Being a craft person that wanted to make a sale, I wanted to believe it was real – which could have cost me my shirt. Here’s how it went down…. You post (for instance) a side table on your own website, for $...

625 days ago

How to attach top? - 16 replies

I’m making a nesting table set (3 tables), and the customer wants the style shown in the pic – which is a close copy of an actual selling set. My question is, how to attach the table to the legs? Since there are no stretchers on either the top or bottom, joining the two sides, the force of the legs racking are much greater. I̵...

654 days ago

Time for a new table saw; recommendations? - 7 replies

Well, I think my old contractor saw (DeWalt) is about ready to bite the dust after 5+ years. Yes, a contractor saw…I didn’t know much about saws back then when I started, and it was all I could afford. Anyway, it’s making some funky noises; I suspect the bearings are going in the motor, so I need to get started shopping for a n...

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