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Blog entry by William Olsen posted 500 days ago 1424 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Hey there, I just want to start of by Expanding a little more from my last post. ” Not Becoming Financially burden” Yes I know, Having a up to date Fully outffited Workshop is Key for running a successful Woodworking Business, But jumping Right in is a bit to risky right in the beginning.
So what do you do if you don’t borrow money to buy Equipment ? Well, what help me in the workshop the most was to make the most with what I had. It was to Turn one Machine into multipul Machines. I spent the time making all the jigs and accessories for every machine I hade. It takes a lot of time, but well worth it.
Then as you Grow you can start to prioritize what Machinery you need first.
The next thing that I think is a ABSOLUTE MUST in the Workshop.
It is to be CLEAN & ORGANIZED!!!!. There is now way around this…........
Your in this Business so that you can do what you love and to make a Living at it.
If your Shop is clean and organized your work will reflect it. Clean and tight…
I have to say that I have taken it to a whole new level, my guys in the Shop are always giving me grife. My last little obsession was making these little magnetic tool boxes that attach to each piece
of Machinery in the Shop. I filled each Boxe with every tool I needed service and maintenance that piece of Machinery. The Cost of a few Spanners and Allen Wrenches is small compared to the time you’ll spend looking for that Dame odd Metric sized Allen Wrench that pulls the Shroud of you Planner.

DO’s

Next I’ll talk a little about Designing and Building Within your commissioned Budget….

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-- William Olsen Designs



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#1 posted 500 days ago

Hey William! That idea about the tool box attatched to each piece of equipment is a great one! When I worked in a tool & die shop a lot of the machines actually came wtih them as part of the machine.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#2 posted 500 days ago

Thanks for the information. The tool box idea is a great one!

-- - Jim, Carroll, OH

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#3 posted 500 days ago

Good advice William. You have a nice website. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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