Best business practices

Loyal customers buy things all the time, but sometimes the best way to create loyal customers is not to sell them anything at all.

No need

Sometimes, I have absolutely no need whatsoever for one particular tool or another. But often, I just can’t seem to rest until I get it.

Re-creating the past

How do you include an old character in a new movie when the original actor has died? This is a woodworking analogy so you know the answer: You create a reproduction.

All thumbs

Physically speaking, what’s the most important and most-used part of your body in the woodshop – Arms? Legs? Hands? Nope – although that last was close – it’s our thumbs.

Resaw, recycle and re-use

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: There’s no such thing as scrap. This time, the original scrap saw not one, but two useful lives.

The luxury of time

Money is usually the prime consideration when buying a new tool. However, having the time to shop is just as important.

To your health

At the risk of repetition, let’s talk about health and the woodshop one more time.

Back to back

Just quickly following up on last time, my back is fine. More or less. Still, the entire experience was eye opening, shop-wise. And should be for you, too.

Backing up a bit

We use our whole bodies when working in the shop. I’ve recently realized just how much I use a particular part of my body: my back.

Rust bucket

I had a leak I didn’t know about that, in a circuitous Rube Goldbergian way, made its way to my jointer. I just found it, and although I’m not happy it could have been worse.