Archive for April, 2009

It cuts wood, too

Monday, April 27th, 2009

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. (more…)

Some things I have learned in woodworking

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

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: (more…)

Competing with catalog prices

Monday, April 20th, 2009

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. (more…)

Order it or make it yourself?

Friday, April 17th, 2009

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 have not seen so many salesmen walking through my doors since the mid ’90s. Even so, I was in a pretty good mood so I did not immediately give the guy the “bum’s rush” but actually took a moment to look at his stuff. (more…)

OK, what was that for?

Monday, April 13th, 2009

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. At any rate, I really did want to get rid of a bunch of accumulated stuff that had been getting shoved back into the corners and under the benches for years. (more…)

Lunch time diversions

Monday, April 6th, 2009

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 ways we try to ameliorate this is to take breaks for coffee and lunch. Coffee breaks are usually pretty quick affairs lasting only 10 or 15 minutes. Lunch breaks tend to be longer and often provide a way to introduce a bit of fun to break up the workday. (more…)

What are the odds?

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

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 shop safety, statistics are meaningless. It simply does not matter how many times out of how many times someone gets whacked while performing a particular operation. (more…)