Years of Woodworking

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Blog series by Doug Scott updated 07-05-2014 01:03 AM 9 parts 11334 reads 34 comments total

Part 1: Paid off.

10-06-2012 02:51 PM by Doug Scott | 9 comments »

Delivered the first set of Coffee and End tables Tuesday the 2nd . the store owner was very satisfied and So they ordered two more tables and 4 child rocking chairs.So now the work begins, spent one day digging out more lumber out of the drying shed (Now I need to restock that) but that is good. When I was in the Furniture store , I was approached by one of the sales people about learning some woodworking skills and possibly working with me part time. This should help with having a person...

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Part 2: Delivered 4 Tables

10-20-2012 02:01 PM by Doug Scott | 3 comments »

4 more tables as of Oct 19th. I haven’t got any word if the other ones have sold. but it sure makes me happy that I’m getting work for the business. If the orders get doubled I might have to look for a larger space to work out of, Thats just a small problem that I would not have a problem dealing with. Next project is a cherry 6 drawer dresser, Photo’s will follow on this suite.

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Part 3: overwhelmed with woodwork

11-03-2012 12:50 AM by Doug Scott | 7 comments »

I don’t know if it because of the election coming up , but a week ago I had a months worth of work ahead of me , and now in just three day it has doubled, I hope it’s because of the satisfied customers referring me to other people. I just wish the monies would come in as fast as the customers have, if your self employed you know that don’t happen , it goes out faster and not to always going into your own pocket.Ya, we have all heard , you got to spend money to make money, W...

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Part 4: Replacing , repairing equipment

01-13-2013 08:17 PM by Doug Scott | 1 comment »

It’s bound to come some day that the equipment is going fail and or need repair, but a small amount of preventive maintenance would have saved this one. I’m going to point this out this so that this might not happen with you, Blow the dust and over spray out of all your motors periodically , make a list or a schedule for this, like I have for the bearings on the equipment used a lot , Band saw, belt sander, and many others.Because I had the Air compressor motor catch fire just b...

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Part 5: Experience with budgeting

03-02-2013 04:50 AM by Doug Scott | 0 comments »

Try budgeting in this economy is not an easy task, but over the years one learns to do just what he has to do to keep his head above water, ( Go without ) As you all know it has not been easy since this economy has taken a down turn. Not to point fingers at any one person or persons is what most of us lower income people have to do most of our lives is budget our money. ( should this have to be explained any more to make my point ) Now , I am self-employed, and how long would I have my job...

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Part 6: Get it Right !

06-16-2013 01:42 AM by Doug Scott | 2 comments »

You would think that a guy that has 25 years plus, building furniture would NOT make mistakes.Let me explain: I started with a simple drawing , with measurements of what the customer wanted,and I don’t usually build furniture out of Pine ( Used it cause it was FREE)I’m building a 4 drawer dresser with doors at the bottom, it’s a baby changing dresser. First thing I goofed on , cut both end panels 4” short, 36” X 18” and after I had almost all the machini...

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Part 7: Time , Experience

12-01-2013 06:48 PM by Doug Scott | 3 comments »

Maybe some of us veteran woodworkers don’t spend as much time in the shop as some one like us that are working this for a full time business. I have had some people say to me ” you have that done already” Yes ! when one has the right tools and Knowledge and experience as some of us. I look back at the places I worked before I was a full time woodworker, ( St.johns table Co. Cadillac Mich. Hard wood dinning room furniture. started as a chair inspector then moved into ca...

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Part 8: Customer ! ask a expert first

12-08-2013 07:49 PM by Doug Scott | 2 comments »

Most of us long time woodworkers have some experience drying our own lumber, If not look it up on a computer or ask an expert. Reason and I’ll explain, Just had a customer drop off 100 board feet of walnut to be surface planed, I don’t usually plain other peoples lumber without knowing a few things. How thick do they want it and first how long has it been since it was cut into lumber, I didn’t think to ask. Well after planning a few boards I could feel the moisture , So...

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Part 9: Years of experience has paid off

07-05-2014 01:03 AM by Doug Scott | 7 comments »

Back in May I got a phone call from a Company That was looking for a person with my experience and skills. So a week later I went to talk with them, and found what they were all about.I previously had experience as a cabinet door and drawer fitter, plus a case assembler.Also have time setting up woodworking machinery. sicker, molder, multi-head boring, thickness plainerand wide belt sander.But for the past 10 years I have run my own business, custom building furniture and repairing But it ...

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