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08-02-2010 02:07 PM

Tape measure for small measurements? - 24 replies

Is it just me that gets a bit frustrated with tape measures? If you want to make a small measurement with the ususal tape measure, say, 5/8s, you can’t, because the dang hook at the beginning of the tape hides almost the whole first inch! The rivets that hold on the hook don’t help either. I understand the companies are trying ...

07-23-2010 02:44 AM

National shipping on freight? - 4 replies

Anyone have any advice for carriers to ship small freight, such as a crated coffee table? Anyone you’ve used, or any general advice?

07-16-2010 05:55 PM

Swapping birch for cherry? - 9 replies

I’m building a sizable toy chest for someone, and wanted to use cherry plywood for panels (1/2”), but after checking out prices, would like to consider another option. It seems that I read somewhere that birch plywood is very similar in grain to cherry, and is often used as a substitute? I could just stain the birch a light cherry co...

04-20-2010 05:10 PM

Woodbuzz - 1 reply

So, what features to include on Woodbuzz – my possibly upcoming woodworking website that is focused on reference, news, and other stuff? Here’s some ideas; I’d like yours. • Plans. A picture of the piece, a brief description, indicate whether it’s free or paid, and a link to the site. • Sketchup Plans. Your plans that you’d like to share w...

04-15-2010 03:02 AM

An Invitation... - 1 reply

I’d like to invite you all to come over to my Facebook page for New Mission Workshop; I think you’ll find the wood-related posts I put up are quite interesting! Hope you become a fan as well :) GO THERE.

03-20-2010 05:12 PM

Amazing expanding and contracting table! - 4 replies

Ok, I’ve never seen anything like THIS before!

03-12-2010 11:57 PM

Incredible wood oddities - 10 replies

I made up a little video with some unusual wood oddities I found around the web. Please take a look, and share with others!

03-12-2010 03:23 AM

Looking for cool woodworking photos or videos - 2 replies

I’m putting together a compilation of cool woodworking photos and /or videos. If you have any websites or places on the web where you’ve bookmarked that have some really unusual or interesting woodworking related stuff, please let me know! Here’s a sample of what I mean: this guy makes wooden hats!

03-08-2010 03:52 AM

The Amazing Wooden Mirror! - 1 reply

Check it out on the New Mission Workshop Facebook page! Yes, it really works, and could even be used as a crude video monitor!

02-24-2010 09:34 PM

Change my website marketing strategy? - 27 replies

Most of you know I specialize in Mission-style clocks, and have a website that I’ve been working on to promote those clocks. I’m not entirely satisfied with my search engine rankings, and I’ve been keeping track of them on Google, Yahoo, and Bing. I’m wondering if, instead of marketing the clocks as “Mission s...

02-21-2010 04:37 PM

Woodworking Olympics - 6 replies

Seems like the Olympics aren’t just for athletes. There is actually an “Olympics” for woodworkers! The World Skills Championship actually awards medals for woodworking. What struck me about this video is that the craftsman profiled talks about precise tolerances – down to ONE-TENTH OF A MILLIMETER! Check out this video! ...

02-18-2010 05:51 PM

How to ship larger items? - 9 replies

Can someone give me advice on how to ship a larger piece? I may be shipping a coffee table soon, and was wondering what courier to use? Also, I guess I’ll have to make some crate for it? I’ve only shipped smaller boxed items, nothing large like this….

02-15-2010 04:30 AM

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...

02-07-2010 11:40 PM

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...

02-05-2010 06:10 AM

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...

02-03-2010 12:39 AM

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...

01-31-2010 04:17 PM

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 ...

01-26-2010 03:45 PM

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...

01-17-2010 06:20 AM

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...

12-30-2009 03:36 AM

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...

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