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01-31-2010 04:17 PM

A website like - but featuring woodwork? - 12 replies

I’ve made some sales on, 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...

12-19-2009 04:04 PM

When the pressure's on - things I've learned to improve my production. - 5 replies

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...

12-08-2009 04:29 PM

Excellent web hosting deal! - 4 replies

I’ve been working with 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...

11-29-2009 09:02 PM

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!

11-23-2009 06:37 PM

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...

11-23-2009 04:40 PM

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...

11-23-2009 05:45 AM

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...

11-19-2009 06:06 PM

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&#...

11-16-2009 02:39 PM

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...

11-09-2009 05:52 AM

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...

11-03-2009 05:35 AM

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”?

10-26-2009 01:37 PM

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...

10-25-2009 07:01 PM

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’...

10-25-2009 06:47 PM

Postal Money order scam - again! - 10 replies

So now I get yet another solicitation – this time, not through my website, but I have a previous post on the first scam. The email: ”Dear Seller,I am interested in the immediate purchase of your item and will be make payment via cashier check/money order, my private shipping company will handle the shipping by picking ...

10-25-2009 02:29 AM

How to make custom wood putty. - 16 replies

Anyone know how to make a custom “wood putty” to get an exact match on color? I have a tile inset into a wood piece, and I need “grout” – the wood putty – to fill in the gap.

10-22-2009 03:28 PM

On-line Woodworking Crossword Puzzle! - 1 reply

I’m a bit of a crossword freak, and have software to actually make crosswords for online play, and though some of you guys might have some fun with one I created that relates to – what else – woodworking! See the puzzle, online, here.

10-21-2009 02:30 PM

Postal Money Order Scam! - 13 replies

Guys, I wanted to alert you all to a postal money order scam I was almost sucked into. For a couple of months now, I’ve been recieving what seemed to be actual inquiries about clocks on my website. This guy would write to me and say he didn’t want to use Paypal, he would send a check. He was never clear on which clock he wanted...

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