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fineamerican

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01-06-2010 04:48 PM

Hello fellow wood junkies-
I just wanted to share my new site. Im super excited about it, and would love to hear your comments good or bad.
Thanks
John
www.fineamericanwoodworking.com

-- John A. Thomas, South Carolina, www.thomaswoodworker.com


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cabinetmaster

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#1 posted 01-06-2010 05:00 PM

WOW…...................I love it…................. really nice approach.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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gizmodyne

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#2 posted 01-06-2010 05:44 PM

Nice. The site is attractive and the scripts all seemed to work.

A few comments: The “g” at the end of woodworking is obscured on most pages. You should also have someone edit the writing. For example, you used the word altercation rather than alteration in your Fine Print disclaimer, and there are issues with punctuation and capitalization on a few pages.

Great start.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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MikeH1218

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#3 posted 01-07-2010 06:55 AM

Looks really nice, did you build it all yourself or have a designer do it for you?

-- Wine Rack Plans

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Pete Mohr

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#4 posted 01-07-2010 03:09 PM

Nice site (and nice projects).
What is the idea behind having separate Portfolio and Gallery pages?
Seems to me one or the other would do.

Good work,
pete

-- "Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another." -Anatole France

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CharlieM1958

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#5 posted 01-07-2010 03:43 PM

Very nice looking site, and some great woodworking.

One of the scripts did cause a popup that said it was causing flash player to run slowly, and I had to exit the site and return to get things working properly again.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Moron

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#6 posted 01-07-2010 03:56 PM

I’m on dial up…...sucks, so it takes a LOOOOOOONG time to load. That said

I like the script, I like the one piece of furniture you made and you said to offer good or bad advice so

I would ditch the kitchen’s. face frames with standard doors are a dime a dozen and albeit the kitchen in the pic is nice, it’s no different then the millions of mass produced kitchens out there at all the big box stores. Mirilate (spelling) makes about 60 differnt doors, wrapped, shipped,parked at my door forless money then I could buy raw materials alone…..............so why try and compete against them. My thought is that if you can find it in their catalogue…..why bother. You should try and provide what clientelle cant find in a catalogue. I would give that kitchen a C+. No offence. Plugged screw holes are for the most part…....amatureish.

Your boxes are very nice, unique, well balanced both in proportions and wood specie but again I always wonder how a man competes against 3rd world countries and or the G20. Those folks work for pennies and produce some very nice boxes.

I like the design area, if I could call it a blog, it’s very nice but there is a danger in putting a flat rate on a design concept. Designing a butcher block, a cutlery box etc, be it through sketch up or auto CAD is simple and quick, designing a kitchen, a wall unit is whole different matter. I dont send anybody any drawings for less then a grand, I dont let them take them home, I put a legal blurb with something like “This is the property of such and such, copying is stricktly prohibited etc etc…........ I also ask for a retainer…...no retainer, no time for them and that retainer has been as much as 20K and it is non refundable, drawings, shopping, contracting etc is drawn off the retainer and any balance is applied to the project. My thought is that if they cant cough up enough to get a project started then dont waste my time….........sorta seperates the wheat from the chaff.

You have a nice web site and with four little kids you best get busy.

Good Luck

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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fineamerican

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#7 posted 01-07-2010 06:56 PM

Thanks everyone-
Roman youve got very good advice and I appreciate you taking the time to share with me-
Pete Mohr I have a portfolio and a gallery because one the portfolio just shows some samples of past work Ive sold
The gallery has a shopping cart for new work that is currently for sale.

-- John A. Thomas, South Carolina, www.thomaswoodworker.com

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