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|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 $...
|11-11-2012 01:01 AM||
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...
|10-13-2012 03:23 AM||
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...
|09-13-2012 08:46 PM||
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...
|09-04-2012 10:41 PM||
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….
|06-18-2012 11:34 PM||
IF only it was this easy!
|06-17-2012 12:51 PM||
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. :)
|06-15-2012 12:09 AM||
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!
|06-03-2012 08:06 PM||
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!
|05-22-2012 12:41 AM||
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...
|01-08-2012 03:42 AM||
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...
|01-02-2012 01:39 AM||
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 ...
|12-15-2010 02:52 PM||
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...
|11-15-2010 12:48 AM||
Stripping: How to Take it All Off? - 2 replies
Ok, that title got your attention, I’m sure. However, this is a serious question, about stripping furniture. If you’re a pro stripper, what technique do you use? Chemical? mechanical? I would like to throw this idea out at you – glass bead blasting. It’s like sand blasting, only using glass beads, which are about...
|11-12-2010 03:52 PM||
More Thoughts On Pricing - 41 replies
If you been watching my blogs, or have been to WoodBuzz, you’ll know I’ve been exploring the are of woodworker marketing for some time. It seems to be more and more clear to me that there is really only two classes of markets to which we can sell our products too – those that want to spend no more than $20 or $30 at a craft ...
|11-11-2010 05:44 PM||
Steaming Wood - give me the skinny! - 7 replies
It looks like I’ll be having to deep my toe into the pond of steam bending wood pretty soon, for a special project. The project will involve bending Wenge, about 3/4” thick, 3.5” wide, and 4’ long. I have read that Wenge bends pretty well. I’ll tell you what I think I know about steam bending, you tell me if ...
|09-09-2010 02:17 AM||
Impossibly Good Wood Sculpture - 7 replies
Would you believe this is a sculpture in wood? It’s true. Check out the blog post here.
|08-21-2010 03:31 AM||
Refinishing oak floor - one question... - 16 replies
Do you need “sealer” for an oak floor if the floor has been sanded to 180, needs no repairs…and will NOT be stained? And what exactly IS sealer? Shellac?
|08-16-2010 01:12 AM||
Curved rail and stile panel; how to? - 1 reply
I came across this mission style credenza, and I was wondering, how did they do the side panels? Notice they are arched. The rails and stiles – ok, fine, cut them on a band saw – but what about the panels? This is white oak, and I don’t think you can steam bend that! Anyone have guesses?