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|1486 days ago||
Making your website better! - 7 replies
I thought I might take the opportunity to (hopefully) help out some of you that may want, or have already started, a website for their woodworking business – or really any type of user-driven informational site (such as for a club, zoo, hobby, etc). I have been doing websites on the side, and would like to believe I can help out someone el...
|1493 days ago||
My - almost - bad injury story. - 14 replies
Well, almost got seriously hurt today; guess the good Lord was looking out for me. Tablesaw. Cutting off a small piece of maple – about 1”x4”x2”. Using the miter gauge to correctly push the piece on the right side of the blade, along a locked fence. Made the cut; all was good. I went to flick the cut off little piece o...
|1496 days ago||
The Great Facebook Experiment - 25 replies
Being the web entrepeneur my dog thinks I am, I opened a company Facebook page for my business, New Mission Workshop, hoping to gain customers and design ideas. Of course, I need “fans” of my page – and yes, I’m asking you to become a fan! You simply have to hit my page, and hit the “Become a fan” button. M...
|1498 days ago||
Shipping on a shoestring - 17 replies
I just paid through the nose to ship a small lamp. Here’s the breakdown: Special size box: $82’ x 10’ bubble wrap: $5Small bag of foam peanuts: $6 Actual shipping via parcel post: $21 Total: $50 Insane. Does anyone have tips or tricks, or advice to ship for cheaper? Alternatives to bubble wrap and peanuts? This i...
|1500 days ago||
A website like Etsy.com - but featuring woodwork? - 12 replies
I’ve made some sales on Etsy.com, but of course, would like to do better. Etsy, it seems to me, is basically an online craft show; the main goods are jewelry and fabric/knit items – all lower price stuff. Women seem to be the main buyers, of course. Is there a site out there, like Etsy, but featuring wood products? Anyone know ...
|1505 days ago||
Ideas for making this happen... - 9 replies
I’ll be building an urn for a friend – a unity urn, which is a side-by-side model. Anyhow, the friend wants an inscription like this on the front: My question is, how to make this happen? I can’t inlay it, it’s too small. I don’t know how to do pyrography, nor do I have the equipment. The only think I can com...
|1515 days ago||
Looking for a paduak replacement :( - 1 reply
I read today that paduak dust is very bad to breathe, and the wood turns brown after some time, especially in sunlight. That’s bad news since I’ve been working with it – and incorporating into customer projects – for a year now. However, I love the color and grain of paduak. So here’s my question: what wood is si...
|1533 days ago||
Which clock face do you like better? - 25 replies
My wife and I got into a bit of a “discussion” about which clock face looked better in my last clock model, and I’d like to get your opinions as to which one you prefer. You can see a nice clear, large pic, here. The hand tooled one is chased copper -essentially, embossed. The numbers, ring and inner details are pushed out f...
|1543 days ago||
Some of you may recall I was featured in the Rochester newspaper as a local artist; if not, see the article here. Well, I was inundated with orders – all for Christmas of course. The orders I like; the deadline I don’t. But, I was up for the challenge. As of this writing, I still have two left to do – but I wanted to shar...
|1554 days ago||
Excellent web hosting deal! - 4 replies
I’ve been working with Siteground.com for a few years now, and have had great service, so that’s why I’m passing this along. Right now, they are having an insane special – $9.95 for a whole year hosting, including signing up your domain name! Usually, the domain name registration alone is $10. Normally, their one yea...
|1563 days ago||
Featured in local newspaper! - 13 replies
I was fortunate enough to have my product and website in the local paper, The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle – pretty good sized newspaper. The article is here. I’ve had one vendor in California (surprisingly) email me for product. :) Exposure can’t hurt!
|1569 days ago||
An Engineer's Christmas - 13 replies
The physics of Christmas, as seen by an engineer. There are approximately two billion children (persons under 18) in the world. However, since Santa does not visit children of Muslim, Hindu, Jewish or Buddhist (except maybe in Japan) religions, this reduces the workload for Christmas night to 15% of the total, or 378 million (according to th...
|1569 days ago||
WHAT to sell at a craft show - I'll tell you. - 7 replies
Everyone interested at doing a craft show to earn some cash wants to know – what to sell? What should I make that will sell well, and make a good profit for myself? That’s the $64,000 question. In fact, how much would you pay me to tell you exactly what to make? LOL. I can’t do that, but I think I can provide some guidel...
|1570 days ago||
Lessons from an art show - 34 replies
Recently went to an indoor craft show (not a woodworking show), and here’s what I learned. • Woman are easily 80% of the customers – gear your stuff towards them.• Jewelry is easily…80% of the displayed merchandise.• Unique, outdoor decorative stuff is usually a good bet, as long as it’s in the $15 to $35 range.• God p...
|1573 days ago||
How to cut a hole this big? - 36 replies
Here’s the deal: i’m trying to cut a 3” hole in a 1 1/2” thick board – how to do it quickly and cleanly? The hole is completely inboard (so to speak) – that is, something like a band saw would be out. I’m afraid something like this will plug up so badly I’ll never get the cutting out: I don...
|1576 days ago||
Dang it, what sells?! - 168 replies
ok, very frustrated guy here. I’ve had my site open for about a year now, and have sold….nothing! Obviously, that is disappointing and frustrating to me. Especially since I have (what I think) is a good-looking and user friendly website, and products that are decent and fairly priced. I guess at least one of those ingredients i...
|1584 days ago||
Groups? - 1 reply
Martin, Most sites have a groups feature, where like minded individuals can congregate, and not tick off the others. I think there are quite a few christian guys out there – have a group for them. Politics, Marquetry – groups for them as well. That way, you’re not going nuts with the moderating….and guys can talk to l...
|1590 days ago||
Your vote for title of a new woodworking website. - 11 replies
I am CONSIDERING starting a woodworking website, not so community focused as LJ, and branching off into different areas. Anyhow, I have come up with some names, and was wondering which one you thought was the “catchiest”? woodslider.comwoodbuzz.comwoodster.comwoodsmitty.comwoodnicks.com
|1597 days ago||
Why I Woodwork. - 17 replies
Why are you drawn to woodworking? What is it about the activity that you find so ingratiating? Myself, I just like the fact that I can create something tangible, something that can be touched and will last a long time. I do websites as a side profession, and find pushing pixels to be tedious and not very satisfying. A website can evaporate in...
|1598 days ago||
Maker's Mark - I need ideas! - 14 replies
So…I’m trying to present my product in the best possible light, and I want to put on a maker’s marking, but a bit stumped as to how to do so. There is this guy that makes them in the UK, but I understand you can never get a hold of him, though his product is excellent: I have no idea how much he charges, but I’...