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An island all his own

Wednesday, 27 August 2008 16:43

1995, only three years after it was established, Mooney's Custom Woodworks of Amelia Island, Fla., grew rapidly. Three employees were suddenly five. Annual sales were increasing by $150,000 a year. By 1999, the company's ambitious owner, Bill Mooney, was building a new 9,500-sq.-ft. shop and showroom.



A simple approach to drying lumber

Wednesday, 27 August 2008 16:22

This is the third and last installment of "Producing Your Own Lumber." Previous articles covered log procurement (June 2006) and the different strategies for sawing logs (October 2006). Both articles are available online at www.woodshopnews.com on the Archives page.



Taking the Plunge

Monday, 04 February 2008 15:54

Dan Mosheim's woodworking career started out as many do — in a crowded garage. But the owner of Dorset Custom Furniture in Dorset, Vt., aggressively pursued his passion, and now owns a six-man shop complete with CNC capability.



The latest in CAD/CAM software

Monday, 04 February 2008 16:05

Now it's easier than ever for small to medium-sized shops to incorporate design and manufacturing software into their businesses. Product manufacturers are taking into account that the largest segment of woodworking manufacturing is the smaller shop — ranging from one to nine employees — providing crafted residential kitchens, either direct to consumers through their own showroom or local designer in their region, says Andy Allu, sales manager for 20-20 Technologies, a division of software manufacturer Pattern Systems International.



Going from craftsman to businessman

Monday, 04 February 2008 16:09

When Tony Mason's custom millwork business failed the first time around, he swallowed his pride and kept at it. That's because he has an incredible entrepreneurial spirit. Mason first established Mason Woods of Whately, Mass., in the late '80s, but closed the operation less than five years later after realizing that even though he was an excellent craftsman, he was a lousy businessman. His major flaw was charging prices that were much too low, which he finally learned how to correct after working at a commercial shop. Now, with help from his son and guidance from his 83-year-old father, the shop is back up and running with more work than it can handle.



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