Professional Woodworkers Sharing Business Strategies
Written by Dan Mosheim Monday, 13 September 2010 00:00
So, after all you've read about faster, safer, increased profits and other pie-in-the-sky claims, you're thinking of possibly buying a CNC router. In the last five years, and particularly since I started writing about what we do with our CNC on my blog, I have fielded calls from other woodworkers considering taking the plunge.
Written by A.J. Hamler Monday, 16 August 2010 00:00
It doesn't matter what kind of shop you have; if you want to be successful, promotion is key. Some categories of professional woodworking - cabinets and millwork, specifically - cater to a needs-based clientele, which has plenty of traditional print and broadcast promotional outlets available. The same is true for craft-related woodworking, of course, and many furniture, chair, box and clock makers find success with those routes.
Written by Bob Van Dyke Monday, 19 July 2010 00:00
Fifteen years ago, I was running a small woodworking school in a funky L-shaped room with a leaky roof (try keeping a straight face when water is dripping on your head while you demonstrate how to use the table saw). As much as I liked working at the architectural millwork firm, I realized the school would always take a back seat to the main focus of the business.
Written by Mark E. Battersby Monday, 14 June 2010 00:00
The massive and controversial Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 - the two recently enacted health care reform bills - included more than $400 billion in so-called "revenue raisers" and new taxes on employers and individuals. The centerpiece in the health reform laws is the mandate for most Americans to obtain health insurance.
Written by John English Monday, 17 May 2010 00:00
Some woodworkers use a car key, but most guys rely on a little finger to dig out the excess earwax. Normally, wax protects the eardrum from dirt and dust, but it can build to excess when trying to provide a barrier to workshop sound. Woodworkers deal with the low-frequency hum of dust collectors and the high whine of routers on a daily basis, and very few of us take adequate precautions against noise. The result is NIHL (noise-induced hearing loss), which has literally millions of us asking people to repeat things, turn up the TV, and be quiet back there.
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