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|220 days ago||
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.
|290 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...
|383 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...
|445 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...
|447 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!
|458 days ago||
Uplifting Video for Christmas ;) - 1 reply
Something uplifting, for once: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vnt7euRF5Pg&list=FLmExNuyWrobCBbeYV-2Cycw
|470 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...
|486 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 $...
|487 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...
|516 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...
|546 days ago||
New Mission Workshop blog - 19 replies
I’d like to invite all my buddies here on LJ to take a look at my blog on my website, which features (i feel) very interesting posts: • Woodworking Apps – a Review •Is it legal to sell pieces you made from purchased plans? You’ll be surprised. • Shipping: The Problem Child of Woodworking • Pricing Questions and many more...
|555 days ago||
Ok to sell projects made from purchased plans? - 19 replies
Is it ok to sell a project piece from purchased plans? For example, I buy a plan on FWW for a table. Can I advertise it on my website and sell it? I wouldn’t represent it as MY design, certainly. I don’t THINK it would be illegal, but I don’t know….
|632 days ago||
IF only it was this easy!
|634 days ago||
Happy Father's Day! - 4 replies
Though I lost my dad to an accident when I was only 4, I still celebrate Father’s Day. I’m a dad now, and am happy to be so. It can be a challenge, but I still am glad I am a dad. I thank my Father in Heaven for being the greatest dad of all. :)
|636 days ago||
Shopbot for hire? - 0 replies
Does anyone have, or know of, a Shopbot CNC machine for hire for small jobs? I’m looking to make clock faces as masters for molds….please message me if you can help!
|648 days ago||
Shipping Larger Items? - 6 replies
Can anyone share their best practices for shipping moderately large items? I’m talking something like a chair, side table, that kind of size, not a dining table. What shipper do you use? Do you crate the piece or use a cardboard box? Anything you can think of that would give me a good idea about shipping these size items would be helpful!
|660 days ago||
A New Political Party - 22 replies
I’ve been into politics for quite a few years now (I’m 49) – as in following, not participating. I’m a conservative, both socially and fiscally. If you are a liberal person, I hope you don’t hate me by now. I don’t want to hate you if you are. I just wanted to share a few observations, and hope you maybe...
|795 days ago||
How the Beatles Might Change My Woodworking Career. - 30 replies
I had a bit of a revelation the other day. I thought about the Beatles (though it could be any successful artist or software author), and how insanely rich they became because of their music. Yes, they did concerts, though really not all that many; the great bulk of their wealth came from record/CD/MP3 sales. They went into a studio, and over...
|801 days ago||
Which Website Solution Works for You? - 32 replies
Soon, my hosted website will be up for renewal, north of $120. I haven’t had sales on it all year, probably due to search engine optimization failure. Maybe it’s product, pricing, or whatever as well. Be that as it may, I’d like to obviously not pay for a site, if I don’t have to. My thought is to use Wordpress as ...
|1184 days ago||
Etsy versus eBay - 32 replies
I’d like to post my thoughts about Etsy, and contrast it to eBay, and would like to know your experiences as well. If you’re not aware of Etsy.com, you should be. Basically, it’s an online craft show, but with much better stuff. Even the photography is usually good to excellent. It’s community driven, and you can inter...