Professional Woodworkers Sharing Business Strategies

Joinery juxtaposition

Written by John English Monday, 18 February 2013 00:00

john_englishMortise-and-tenon, dowel and dovetail joints have been tested through the centuries and have proved their worth. In the mid-1950s, joinery departed from the traditional when Swiss woodworker Hermann Steiner invented Lamello biscuit joinery, and in 1986 it took another big step when Craig Sommerfeld came up with the Kreg pocket-hole jig. Since then we’ve seen a series of attempts at improving the way that we stick two pieces of wood together.

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Income offsets vital to staying in business

Written by Mark E. Battersby Monday, 21 January 2013 00:00

13_mark_battersbyThanks to today’s tough economy, more and more shop owners are seeking additional sources of revenue. Often it’s from hobbies and secondary activities. Not only will our tax laws partially underwrite those activities, but the almost inevitable losses can be as beneficial as extra income.

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Have you thought about an exit strategy?

Written by Lloyd R. Manning Monday, 17 December 2012 00:00

lloyd_manningLet’s accept the fact that we are all getting older. And, for many, it could be time to start planning for retirement or, at least, winding down and phasing out. This brings up a host of challenges and it is never too soon to start the process.

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Go with the flow and organize your shop

Written by John English Monday, 19 November 2012 00:00

john_englishOne of the best things about woodshops is that no two are alike. And one of the worst things about woodshops is that no two are alike.

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The risky business of insurance coverage

Written by John English Monday, 15 October 2012 00:00

john_englishIn May 2009, Cleveland’s Plain Dealer reported the closure of a woodshop in the city of Bay Village, Ohio. Hobbyists and volunteers used the shop, which was actually owned by the city. They built projects for themselves and various charities, including the local historical society’s Osborn House. The closure came after a routine insurance inspection found a number of problems. According to the newspaper, “the shop’s home-designed exhaust system for sawdust is a fire hazard, along with the fumes from thinners, paints and glues as well as the open pilot furnace located within the shop space.”

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