Jan
16
2015

Want vs. need: The rest of the story

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. (Read More…)

Jan
13
2015

Drum vs. belt

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. (Read More…)

Jan
09
2015

Make it or buy it?

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

Jan
07
2015

Want vs. need

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. (Read More…)

Dec
29
2014

Not music to my ears

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

Dec
22
2014

Good news, bad news

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

Dec
17
2014

Where are they?

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. (Read More…)

Dec
03
2014

What I say

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. (Read More…)

Nov
25
2014

Immigration reform

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. (Read More…)

Nov
21
2014

How long does learning take?

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