Professional Woodworkers Sharing Business Strategies

Know the benefits, obligations of CNC

Written by Dan Mosheim Monday, 13 September 2010 00:00

26_danmosheim_01So, 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.



Outside funding to show off your craft

Written by A.J. Hamler Monday, 16 August 2010 00:00

26_aj_hamlerIt 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.



Learn a lot running a woodworking school

Written by Bob Van Dyke Monday, 19 July 2010 00:00

42_vandykeheadshot_0142_vandykeheadshot_01Fifteen 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.



Are you ready for new health care laws?

Written by Mark E. Battersby Monday, 14 June 2010 00:00

13_mark_battersbyThe 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.



Sound advice on stifling hearing loss

Written by John English Monday, 17 May 2010 00:00

john_englishSome 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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