It cuts wood, too

When I started out in woodworking, the first machine I ever bought was a used table saw. The saws I have now are much better than that first one. I say “saws” because I currently have three.

Some things I have learned in woodworking

Most of this is “lifted” from a thread on a woodworking forum. But it’s very funny and I thought it would be good to share. Feel free to add to the list, but nothing serious:

Competing with catalog prices

The other day, a friend approached me with a proposition. If I could match the prices of some bathroom vanities, I could have the work.

Order it or make it yourself?

The other day a guy came into the shop selling pre-made drawer boxes. I have to admit he had a pretty nice product, solid maple drawers all neatly dovetailed at the corners (though obviously done by a machine). Of course, with the economy being what it is, salesmen are out in herds these days. I […]

OK, what was that for?

I was rummaging around in my shop the other day … well, actually what I was doing was “cleaning” my shop. I put that in quotes because in this context, words like “clean” have relative, not absolute values and cannot be properly interpreted without being aware of the condition of things prior to the cleaning. […]

Lunch time diversions

Face it, working in the shop can be tough. It’s dusty, often repetitive work that, and unless you are fortunate to have a climate-controlled shop, must be performed in whatever heat or cold nature is offering up on that particular day. It’s easy for your employees to become bored, tired and distracted. One of the […]

What are the odds?

I am constantly amazed when conversations about safety devolve into conversations about statistics. Not that I have any problem with statistics. All you statisticians out there can relax. There are a million things that could be discussed in which statistics could play a solid role. I just happen to feel that when it comes to […]