Woodworking Techniques and Advice

Survive in the new economy by being flexible

Written by David Getts Monday, 16 April 2012 00:00

davidgettsI can still remember as a child, whining to my parents about my big brother and simply being told to “shape up or ship out.” I hated those words. Being the youngest, it always felt like I was the one being picked on. I was only acting up out of self-defense. Why was I always the one who had to get his act together? Shouldn’t it be the one who knew better and was inflicting the pain? Since I was the underling, I didn’t hold the power. I was just looking for a way to coexist with those that did. And, decades later, I find myself in the same boat. Aside from being an adult, the only thing that has changed is the cast of characters.

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Power point: How to harness 3-phase motors

Written by B.H. Davis Monday, 19 March 2012 00:00

b_h_davisSooner or later, most small-shop owners will find a great bargain on a machine only to discover that it has a 3-phase motor. Since 3-phase power is typically found in industrial settings, many of these shops will only have a single-phase electrical service coming into their buildings. While sometimes the simplest solution is to just replace the motor, that is not always a reasonable option. In this article, I will discuss other ways to bring 3-phase machines online.

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Employees need to see the future clearly

Written by Ralph Bagnall Monday, 16 January 2012 00:00

ralph_bagnallThe last in our four-part series on lean manufacturing focuses  on getting your workers to buy into a cost-effective shop floor strategy.

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Sort through chaos with single batches

Written by Ralph Bagnall Monday, 12 December 2011 00:00

ralph_bagnallThis is the third in a four-part series on lean manufacturing for custom shops. Part 1 covered the importance of a clean and organized shop; Part 2 focused on identifying common tasks. Part 4 will explain how to get employees to “buy in” to lean manufacturing techniques.

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Lean techniques start with traffic flow

Written by Ralph Bagnall Monday, 14 November 2011 00:00

ralph_bagnallThis is a four-part series on lean manufacturing for custom shops. Part 1 covered the importance of a clean and organized shop. Part 3 will cover proper batch sizing, while Part 4 will focus on getting employees to “buy in” to the techniques.

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