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12-04-2013 03:19 PM

Charge More! - 50 replies

In my latest ShopNotes blog post, I explore why sometimes you need to charge more. http://newmissionworkshop.com/2013/12/04/charge-more/

11-25-2013 11:31 PM

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!

11-06-2013 06:01 PM

New Maker's Mark - 8 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.

10-24-2013 03:02 AM

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?

09-19-2013 11:32 AM

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”...

08-24-2013 03:08 PM

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...

08-19-2013 05:28 PM

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.

08-18-2013 08:31 PM

Best Pencil? - 36 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...

08-15-2013 01:00 PM

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

08-10-2013 07:19 PM

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...

08-07-2013 01:34 PM

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?

08-06-2013 02:07 AM

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...

08-05-2013 12:02 PM

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.

05-27-2013 02:39 PM

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...

02-23-2013 02:54 PM

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...

12-23-2012 03:59 AM

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...

12-21-2012 08:21 PM

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!

12-10-2012 11:59 AM

Uplifting Video for Christmas ;) - 1 reply

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

11-28-2012 01:44 AM

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...

11-11-2012 11:44 PM

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 $...

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