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Outsourcing overload

Written by John English Monday, 16 November 2015 00:00

overload1Unfortunately, a custom shop has limits. But fortunately, the woodshop industry has a solution in outsourcing. By purchasing cabinet or furniture components already made and/or finished and working them into the shop’s existing offerings, a small business can significantly expand its catalog and also run several jobs at the same time. It’s an easy way to grow a business as long as the suppliers are reliable.

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Waste not, want not, cash in

Written by John English Sunday, 15 November 2015 00:00

In business, it’s almost always better to act rather than react. When it comes to waste, creating less is a more profitable choice than disposal.

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Keeping the faith

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 19 October 2015 00:00

faith4What makes a successful shop? For Sly Woodworks in Reno, Texas, it’s a heavy focus on family and religion, according to co-owners Staci and Larry Young.

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Midwest sensibilities

Written by Ann M. Goebel Monday, 19 October 2015 00:00

midwest2When Rothan Millwork Co. renovated the Peoria (Ill.) City Hall council chambers last year, it was the second time around. About 125 years ago, at the time the landmark was built, a Rothan crew fabricated and installed all the wainscot paneling, doors, railings and trim.

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Small, but thinking big

Written by John English Monday, 19 October 2015 00:00

smallIt’s difficult to define a small woodshop. Is it one with limited physical space or with only a few employees or perhaps it has gross sales under a certain dollar figure? Maybe the most apt description is that a small shop is one where the owner still rolls up his or her shirtsleeves on Monday morning, knows how to operate every piece of equipment in the shop and is still more connected to actual production tasks than to management functions.

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