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676 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...

706 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...

715 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….

792 days ago

The ultimate, must-have accessory for every shop! - 5 replies

IF only it was this easy!

794 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. :)

796 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!

808 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!

820 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...

955 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...

961 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 ...

1344 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...

1374 days ago

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...

1377 days ago

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 ...

1378 days ago

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 ...

1441 days ago

Impossibly Good Wood Sculpture - 7 replies

Would you believe this is a sculpture in wood? It’s true. Check out the blog post here.

1460 days ago

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?

1465 days ago

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?

1465 days ago

If only there was such a machine! - 2 replies

I came across this little piece someone fashioned at one of those Amish furniture places; I thought you guys would get a kick out of it!

1472 days ago

I want a lathe! Which one?! - 14 replies

I would like to buy a lathe in the near future. Never have had one, nor turned on someone else’s. In other words, I don’t know what I’m looking for. But, I can tell you some things; I won’t be turning anything huge, like bowls or vases. Probably not any pens either. My foreseeable use would be for small fluted columns,...

1472 days ago

How the Mission Pulpit came to be. - 8 replies

I did my largest – and perhaps most gratifying – piece as a commission for the pastor of a small church. It was a mission style pulpit. You can see it in my projects list. I thought some of you might want the back story on it – complete with pictures and comments, from conception to delivery – so I put it up on my webs...

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