Professional Woodworkers Sharing Business Strategies

Health care costs will keep dogging woodworkers

Written by Mark E. Battersby Monday, 15 May 2017 00:00

The attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare, recently failed. Since everyone must have basic health insurance that meets the government’s standards and larger woodworking businesses are required to provide their workers with that coverage, that means — fortunately or unfortunately — the ACA remains, warts and all, the law of the land for the foreseeable future.

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Clearing the air doesn’t cost a whole lot of cash

Written by John English Monday, 10 April 2017 00:00

We do a lot of things in a woodshop that contributes to air pollution. Everything from wiping a little finish on a turned bowl to spraying 40 doors for a kitchen can cause problems. Add to those the airborne particles from sanding hardwoods, routing MDF or reducing panels on a table saw and we have a serious challenge on our hands. Every efficiency and health expert agrees that woodworkers should try to gather pollutants at their source, rather than attempting to scrub a massive volume of shop air. That’s just common sense.

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Slow and steady wins the technology race

Written by David Getts Monday, 13 March 2017 00:00

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The use of technology is having an impact on how our products are ordered, inventoried, fabricated and installed. How you manage that resource is important. The key is to remain in control of the ship.

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An off-the-wall idea for making more space

Written by Abraham Tesser Monday, 12 December 2016 00:00

proshop1The need for table space varies in most home environments. More tabletop space is needed on social occasions such as dinner parties or meetings; less when fewer occupants of the space are about. Even the need for workspace can be variable. With limited space, folding tables can provide desirable flexibility.

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Ours is the generation that can save woodshop classes

Written by Jerry P. Hund Monday, 14 November 2016 00:00

I started teaching in 1973 at a well-equipped shop in a junior high school. That shop no longer exists; it was replaced long ago with a technology lab.

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