Professional Woodworkers Sharing Business Strategies

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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Being blunt: you owe it to your clients

Written by David Getts Monday, 17 October 2016 00:00

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We all know that person who blindly speaks what’s on their mind. Even when what they say is the truth, it can often be offensive if not delivered carefully. It’s very important to think before spilling words. How you craft a response or comment in the delivery of this ambiguous “truth” will depend on the situation and subject matter. For instance, everybody in the family might be aware of Aunt Sally’s halitosis, but is it best to tell her bluntly or just offer her a breath mint?

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Write off solid-surface materials? No way, not yet

Written by Andrew Glantz Monday, 12 September 2016 00:00

glantz1The kitchen and bath industry continues to move forward with new high-end materials for countertops and trim. The old stand-by, once the go-to finish, is relegated to the sidelines.

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For woodworkers, juggling is an underrated skill

Written by David Getts Monday, 15 August 2016 00:00

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When I started my first business, the primary goal was simply to generate a job — any job. Landing a commission that lasted a full week was considered a huge victory.

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Chain of events leads to a new table saw setup

Written by Andrew Glantz Monday, 13 June 2016 00:00

For those of us working in small shops like garages and sheds, the problems of mobility, accuracy and utility are aspects that we struggle with every day. Each machine has to earn its keep, provide an important and integral function and be stored out of the way.

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