Nov
08
2013

Unpalatable

I hate throwing out perfectly good lumber, and rarely do. But for me, pallet lumber doesn’t fall into the “good” category. (Read More…)

Nov
05
2013

Put up or, well, you know…

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

Nov
01
2013

Bye-bye DST

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. (Read More…)

Oct
29
2013

Ship shape

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. (Read More…)

Oct
25
2013

My pal in times of need

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. (Read More…)

Oct
23
2013

Checks and (im)balances

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. (Read More…)

Oct
18
2013

New, but not improved

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. (Read More…)

Oct
15
2013

You say “potato”

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. (Read More…)

Oct
08
2013

Woodworking makes me stupid

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

Oct
01
2013

Having an accident – step by step

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. (Read More…)