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Want vs. need: The rest of the story

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Last week, I was thinking about how we sometimes buy stuff we don’t really need. But, as with every story, there is another side. Here’s an example. (more…)

Drum vs. belt

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

There’s been a lot recent discussion on having a wide belt or drum sander in the shop. Since I’ve had plenty of experience with both, I can offer some insights. (more…)

Make it or buy it?

Friday, January 9th, 2015

There was a time when we made whatever we needed. If we needed a veneered panel, we laid it up in the shop. (more…)

Want vs. need

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

It’s pretty well known that people buy what they want and not necessarily what they need. This can provide a good bit of selling strategy but it can also trip us up. (more…)

Not music to my ears

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Over the years, the topic of allowing music to be played in the shop has come up again and again. (more…)

Good news, bad news

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

The consensus is that the economy has pretty much recovered from the Great Recession, and I am seeing many signs that this is true. (more…)

Where are they?

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

I keep hearing about how many people are still out of work. I need people to work. Seems like it should be a good fit. (more…)

What I say

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

I was taken to task in replies to my last post for discussing issues that were not confined to woodworking but that could be applied to many (or any) businesses. (more…)

Immigration reform

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Since most of the people working in shops and on construction sites (from my perspective in California) are of Spanish speaking decent, the immigration issue is one that affects employers deeply. (more…)

How long does learning take?

Friday, November 21st, 2014

We all know that skills must be acquired. No one is born with them. It’s a learning process. (more…)