Archive for 2008

Working with bamboo

Monday, August 11th, 2008

In the last two weeks, three different people have asked me what I think of “this new bamboo” material. And, since I have done two jobs using bamboo, I can actually offer an informed (albeit biased) opinion: It is the weirdest “wood” I have ever worked with! (more…)

They want alder?

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

The job we have in the shop right now starts out with the fabrication of 28 interior doors. Inch and three quarters thick, eight feet tall and made of alder. When the customers told me they wanted to use alder, I almost choked! Alder? That’s…. well…. crap. In over 35 years of “high end” cabinetmaking and architectural woodworking, I have never made anything out alder. But I figured, ‘what the heck.’ (more…)

Kinda like it used to be … but not exactly

Monday, August 4th, 2008

A recent New York Times article focused on the fact that increased shipping costs are starting to have a serious effect on globalization. (more…)

Pulling rabbets out of the hat

Friday, August 1st, 2008

Have you ever been in one of those situations where it seems like you are simply not going to be able to avoid crashing into the wall? (more…)

The party

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Over the years, I have encountered just about every “technique” a customer can employ in an attempt to get me to finish the job faster. But my least favorite is “the party.” We have all experienced this. (more…)

A tip for employees

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Over the years I have written a number of articles about employees. And there have also been several blog posts on this subject and will, undoubtedly, be more. But most of the time the perspective has been from the employer’s point of view. How to get more out of your employees, how to get them trained properly, how to make sure they are happy, etc. But the other day I was made aware of a request made by an employee that, frankly, made me admire the person. (more…)

Ahead of their time

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

This post has nothing to do with business, or woodworking for that matter. It’s just very funny. (more…)

Never give them the drawings

Monday, July 14th, 2008

How many times have people come into your shop with drawings that have obviously been produced by another company and asked you for a price? (more…)

Delivery trucks

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

In over 35 years in the woodworking business, I don’t think I have ever done a project, large or small, that I did not have to deliver. (more…)

Gate keepers, take two

Monday, July 7th, 2008

Last week we were talking about “gate keepers” and how they can affect your business. We were mostly looking at contractors but gate keepers can also be designers, architects or even a friend who has the confidence of the client. How we deal with these people depends a lot on what their motivations are. (more…)