The real cost

We all know that one of the biggest expenses in any business is the cost of employees. In our field, hourly wages are much more common than salaries. But either way, we tend to think of the rate of pay as the total cost of an employee.


It has been said that the most difficult thing is knowing when to stop.

Here we go again

Every time I mention politics in these posts, the cinders burst in to flames. But there can be no doubt that the political climate affects business.

Asked and answered

Woodworkers are an interesting group. We tend to really enjoy our work and appreciate the skills of others, but sometimes our egos get in the way.

My only problem

I always get a kick out of the typically loose interpretation of the word “only,” such as a gallon of gas is only three bucks.

It takes two?

There have been a couple of comments recently to the effect that when you buy a new tool, you should buy two. The logic being that the thing is going to crap out on you and it will do so at the worst possible moment.

Gut feelings

Years ago, I was driving with my family on a winding road that had a very rocky shoulder. I saw a car coming around a bend from the other direction and I suddenly drove off the road with the car thumping over the rocks and my wife and kids looking at me like I was […]

On the right side of the tracks

Anyone in business can tell you that keeping your overhead under control is essential. Although the consensus among economists is that we are not experiencing inflation per se, the cost of everything is steadily rising.


Sometimes it seems like the hardest part of running a business is keeping everything working.

Business or serious hobby

Woodworking is a skill set that not everyone possesses. Those that do get a great deal of satisfaction from it. So much so that many decide to turn their hobby into a business.