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Furniture with a purpose

Tuesday, 04 March 2008 15:47

Shaun Wilkerson refers to himself as a "flit." He owns a gallery and a custom furniture shop in New Orleans and a second gallery in Houston, and as a result he moves quickly from one location to another, the definition of flit.

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Building a safer saw

Written by A.J. Hamler Tuesday, 04 March 2008 15:52

He was in a hurry. About six years ago Thomas Skaggs, a studio furniture maker in Champaign, Ill., was cutting stock on his cabinet saw and hadn't realized that he'd started the cut without locking down the fence securely.

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Always a step ahead

Tuesday, 04 March 2008 15:56

Given the opportunity to perform, Rick Cunningham of RMC Wood Works in Cranston, R.I., exceeds expectations. He has a high-energy work level that helps him meet the fast-paced demands of running a one-man custom cabinet shop. Competition can be fierce, he says — not with other cabinetmakers, but commercial shops. His secret to finding success is interacting with the end-user, particularly when going through a contractor.

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Corporate guy in a cabinet shop

Friday, 11 April 2008 10:00

Unlike many cabinetmakers, Tom Westra didn't start his woodworking business in a two-car garage. In fact, the owner of Vermont Custom Cabinetry knew little about the profession until he purchased the Westminster, Vt., shop about two years ago.

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Remodeling as a second language

Friday, 11 April 2008 10:03

I've heard it said, "Craftsmanship is a valuable commodity, but it does not guarantee success in business." Craftsmen who have been in business for a while will recognize the truth in this statement immediately. Those considering taking the plunge into self-employment often overlook the warnings of seasoned veterans; running a business is not the same as plying your craft, mostly because dealing with clients (who talk back) is different than dealing with inanimate building materials.

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