Friday, April 30, 2010

Future's So Bright

My shop has been in business now for 6 years. 
And we just signed a lease for another 3 years. Unlike so many around us, I'm not going anywhere!

The future's so bright, I've got to wear shades!!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Beeswax and Toilet Rings. An old trick that doesn’t work anymore?

Beeswax has long been used as a finish.
 The classic formula:
1 part beeswax,
1 part turpentine and
1 part shellac. 
Heat it in a glue pot, stirred down, applied while still warm and buffed in by hand until your arm falls off.  You can buy this mixture premade under the name Sam Maloof’s Finish.  But if you have to be hard-core old school, it just takes a little practice.
The problem comes with finding real beeswax.  Now you may know a bee keeper, and get lucky.  Or it iss available online from a couple of sources, such as Rockler or WoodCraft. 
You may have heard of a strange solution, that’s been used for a long time.  Toilet Rings.  But if you think you’re going to use toilet rings today, think again.  Somewhere 10 – 15 years ago beeswax became too expensive to use for that particular job.  So now it’s some kind of synthetic wax and sometimes you can get synthetic with beeswax mixed together.  But I have no idea how to separate the two.  What I can tell you, is that synthetic wax never hardens.  It’s a sticky gooey mess that stays a sticky gooey mess.  On your furniture, it ends up looking like what it’s preventing from oozing out of your commode.  So leave the wax wings in the bathroom and don’t bother trying to put them on your furniture.  Take it from a guy who destroyed a project. 

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

MY Shop

We often ponder the question, of “Who Am I?” versus “What Am I?”.  Some people do their job, because it’s what they do.  Some people do their job, because it’s who they are.  I guess the only difference is passion.  So let me tell you my story about Hal.  An old-timer, retired woodworker and friend. 

Hal owned his shop for 40 years.  The time came where he decided he was old enough and done enough and it was time to walk away.  To enjoy the sunset of his life and spend time with his wife.  So he made amends with all of his customers, sold off most of his equipment, cleaned out the rest and took it home to store it in the garage.  And then went back to turn in the keys on his leased space.  They did the walk through, everything was fine.  He gave the keys back and no longer had his shop.  He got in the car and started on his 40 mile drive to his new home.   He made it about 400 feet before he pulled over and broke down in tears.  He wasn’t sad, he wasn’t upset, and he wasn’t happy or overjoyed he was simply lost.  After 40 years he had no idea what to do, where to go, or who he was.  He’d lost his passion. 

So let’s jump forward a couple of years with old Hal.  He’s now a happy, energetic go-lucky type of guy.  He bought a new table saw, put it in his garage and now instead of 5 jobs a month, he does 5 jobs a year.  Guess you can’t take the man out of the shop, because if you do you’ll break the shop that’s still in the man. 

Sunday, April 11, 2010

This Just Sold

This cute little step stool is based off of a historical design. It’s perfect for getting you (or a child) that extra height for high shelves around the house or garage.

This one was made of Recycled Douglas Fir and hand-dyed a vibrant red.  We have four more of Cherry and Yellow Caribbean Pine in the shop.  

Like most of our items, these stools are handmade by me in small quantities in our woodshop. This piece combines a sturdy interlocking construction with splayed legs for an amazing amount of strength and stability.

Speaking of AMAZING STRENGTH AND STABILITY! You are seeing that right, 4 of these little guys are holding up an SUV! (Thank you, to Frank’s AutoService for helping get the SUV on the step stools.)

So, I sold this on Etsy and it's such a small world that the woman who bought it was able to come over and pick it up as she was just about 10mins away from the shop!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

New Website for My Company

We've completely redone my business website.
New style, new colors, new pages, new links, new pictures!!!

Click on the title above or the link below to see it in FULL living color!!

I'm very happy with how it turned out, but we are looking for some feedback from everyone else. 

What do you think works or what doesn't work. 

Please feel free to be candid and let us know what you really think.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Friday, April 2, 2010

Woodworker's Supply Sale

Great sale of 20-40% on Woodworker's Supply surplus Router Bit stock.

Click on the image for the full ad page!



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