Archive for 2012

A mandate, within reason

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Flesh detection technology is the term being used, and it’s creating quite a stir. (more…)

The new barter system

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Bartering has been around a lot longer than money. I’ve talked about it before and I remain a fan of this system because it works. (more…)

My favorite drawer hardware

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

A reply to my post about “tricked out” door and drawer hardware prompted a question about what type of hardware I prefer to use. (more…)

One more thought on retirement

Friday, July 13th, 2012

We humans are a funny lot, especially when it comes to time. (more…)

Do I know you?

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Every now and then I run into someone I did a job for. Usually it’s someone who is instantly recognizable. Maybe it was a job that went really well or one in which we were treated with respect and paid well. But sometimes, it’s just the opposite. (more…)

Car painter to the rescue

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Some years ago, I was working in a shop that was participating in a “Street of Dreams” project. What this meant was that we had to front a cabinet installation. In exchange, we got a lot of exposure and, if and when the house sold, paid. (more…)

Retirement – Part II

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

When we think of retirement, we often have an image of an old guy sitting in a deck chair having a snooze. It might be nice to have enough financial security to spend the later years traveling the world or playing golf. But I’m thinking that this is an ideal whose time is past. (more…)

Retirement plans

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Most of us were raised with the idea that we would retire when we reached a certain age. When I was young, I looked at retired people who were as old as I am now and they never looked happy. I ended up thinking that retirement was not all it was cracked up to be. (more…)

Refinishing pre-cat lacquer

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

In his reply to my last post, Tim Neun asked about repairing a table top finished with pre-catalyzed lacquer. This is right in keeping with my recent post subjects so here’s what I think. (more…)

Repair vs. durability

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

One of the most often heard complaints about most modern finishes is the difficulty of repairing them. (more…)