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The Project Estimate is Also a Finely Tuned Woodworking Machine

By Jim McAgy Posted: 07/14/2014 1:01PM

The estimate is one of the best pieces of machinery in any woodworking shop, believe it or not. The better you tune your machinery - we used a Monday meeting - the better it works, and that goes for your proposal as well.


Wood Finishing 101: The Chemistry in Coating Wood Furniture

By Matt D'Anca Posted: 07/11/2014 9:00AM

In the woodworking industry, there is a tendency to place manual finishing in the realm of art, but the reality is that more finishing problems are the result of microscopic interactions than flawed technique.


On Woodworking Education, Employee Loyalty and Life

By Chuck Ray Posted: 07/09/2014 12:49PM

I've spent a lot of time recently with companies that are trying to figure out this puzzling economy, and in some cases, how to deal with employee recruitment and retention issues. I think woodworking educator Dean Mattson offers an interesting spin to this dilemma.


Curly Cherry Bar Top Fights Back and Loses

By Scott Wunder Posted: 07/02/2014 3:04PM

I once made a bar top from curly cherry that I thought would only take a few hours to finish, but took me three days instead. My, how time flies when you’re screwing up a good finish.




Mistakes That Make Us Woodworkers: Bad Glue-ups Bond Craftsmen

By Ethan Abramson Posted: 06/27/2014 9:16AM

Woodworkers strive for perfection, but they bond over mistakes. A look at how stories of miscuts, bad templates and showing screws bond a community.


WoodshopTampa Kickstarter Funding Campaign Didn't Work

By Bill Esler Posted: 06/24/2014 10:00PM

o open a woodshop for the public, Bill McCreary planned to raise $250,000. His goal was to find a space and fill it with saws, power tools, laser cutter, workbenches and other shop basics, then charge the public a membership fee to use it.


My Millwork Firm Closed, But I Saved My Best Tool: Our Software

By Jim McAgy Posted: 06/21/2014 11:34AM

I owned a 50-person millwork firm in Chicago, Final Finish, for 28 years until the downturn closed us down in 2010. Here's what I learned, and how it can help your woodworking business.


Updating the Cabinet Makers 2014 Benchmark Study

By Dave Grulke Posted: 06/21/2014 11:20AM

To see if the optimism for a significant uptick in business expressed by the 800+ respondents to our earlier study has held true, the Cabinet Makers Association has begun a new study to refresh results captured earlier this year.


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