Archive for 2013

Put up or, well, you know…

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

It’s Election Day in a lot of places. Are you voting? If it’s already passed as you read this, did you vote? (more…)

Bye-bye DST

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Daylight saving time ends this weekend. I both hate and love when it ends, but only one of those emotions makes me more productive in the shop. (more…)

Ship shape

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

I have to ship a project today. If the past is any guide, the task will likely take more time and effort than making it. (more…)

My pal in times of need

Friday, October 25th, 2013

There’s something I hate to do more than paying bills with a credit card, and that’s taking money out of savings to cover slow periods in my business. (more…)

Checks and (im)balances

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Running a client-based business – whether it’s a shop full of employees or just yourself – isn’t easy. It doesn’t get any easier when your clients don’t pay. (more…)

New, but not improved

Friday, October 18th, 2013

When a manufacturer changes a product under the guise of making it “new and improved,” they’re really making changes just to make changes, hoping you’ll think it’s better when it’s not. (more…)

You say “potato”

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

It’s amazing how many different terms we use to describe something. But when you’re contracted to make something for a customer, you’d both better be talking about the same thing no matter what term you use. (more…)

Woodworking makes me stupid

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Like most people, I occasionally do dumb things. Unlike most people, I do them most often right after woodworking. (more…)

Having an accident – step by step

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

When you’ve had a shop accident, it’s human nature to react in a precise series of steps. I’ve given this some thought and here’s what I’ve come up with. (more…)

Honoring tradesmen

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Sept. 20 was National Tradesmen Day, a fairly new observance created to honor those who often receive little honor. It’s about time they did. (more…)