7 Safety Standards You Should Follow In A Woodshop

Safety protocols for being safe and avoiding injury in a woodshop. I cannot over emphasise the importance of being safe in a woodshop. Woodworking power tools have an enormous potential for inflicting life changing injuries. The incidents that occur in a woodshop are almost never the fault of the machine. They are mostly the result of human error and carelessness. The first step is to read the user manual that comes with the power tool very carefully. Even if you feel that certain procedures are over the top adhere to them very carefully. They are meant to keep you safe. […]

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How To Get Best Results From Woodworking Tools

the best ways to use woodworking tools

To get maximum benefit of the woodworking tools you need to know the proper way to use them. If you learn different techniques, you can use the same woodworking tool in many different ways, and therefore manage to do more things with it. “Just when you might think you need a new power tool, you can discover a way to do the same job with your existing set of tools.” Many publications are devoted to the subject of how to use woodworking tools using different methods and techniques. Several great books have been written on the subject. You can even […]

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11 Must Have Hand Tools For A Woodworking Business

You cannot do without hand tools in a woodshop of course. They are a must have and you are going to need them every step of the way. Just like when buying power tools buy the highest quality of hand tools that you can afford. The woodworking tool undergo a lot of rigour and wear and tear. Even the most basic hand tool like a hammer will make your job a lot easier when you go for a high quality version. In fact I have known woodworkers to make the projects using only hand tools. The advantage of hand tool […]

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9 Must Have Power Tools For A Woodworking Business

In the beginning you will not want to invest a lot of money in buying new power tools. It is recommended that when you first start a woodworking business, try to use what you have without a major investment in new purchases of any kind. Take stock of what you already have and weigh that against what you need. Many sources will tell you that you need to purchase industrial grade power tools to perform professional woodworking jobs. This is not necessarily true.  Consumer grade power tools will serve the purpose just as well in the beginning. Keep two things […]

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Pros and Cons Of Woodworking Contracts With Corporates, Government Agencies And Contractors

You might be interested in picking up larger woodworking jobs than ones afforded by homeowners and individual customers. The three common sources of large woodworking jobs are contractors, corporates and government agencies. Should you pick up these jobs? Let’s see. Doing woodworking jobs for contractors Contractors can give you a lot of woodworking work but the overall experience of dealing with them can be problematic. Reasons for this are many and not all of them are the contractor’s fault. The first problem with picking up a woodworking job from a contractor will be the 50% advance payment policy. Almost no […]

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Customer Service – Dealing With Complaints In a Woodworking Business

Hopefully if you do the job well and follow the suggested steps outlined earlier there will be no problems. However situations can arise. The best way to handle customer complaints and problems, in most of the circumstances, is to remember that this is not just one job thing. If you decide to play the blame game things might get even more unpleasant. You have to decide then and there if being right is more important or having a happy customer. There might be situations where you think that you chose the wrong kind of customer and you want nothing more […]

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How to Deal With A Potential Customer

Your first dealings with a potential customer is likely to start with a phone call. Maybe even an email. But a telephone remains the primary business communication tool for most businesses. The first thing is to ensure that you are a reachable to take the call when it comes. Which makes it kind of a necessity that you use a mobile phone or at least an answering machine. A mobile phone for your business is a better idea as many people will not leave a message on your answering machine when they are calling for the first time especially if […]

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4 Free And Cheap Ways to Advertise A Woodworking Business

Being skilled and reliable is one thing. You still need customers to make a success of your woodworking business. As a one-person woodworking business you need simple and effective methods to be discovered. For whatever reasons, if you believe that advertising a small business is difficult and expensive, it’s not true. At least not any more. There are a handful of strategies you can start with immediately and at no expense at all. No expense does not mean no effort. Many people tend to assume one follows another. These methods of promoting your woodworking business might cost you next to nothing, […]

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Create a Photo Album For Your Woodworking Business

I believe that good product photographs are really really important. You need to create a photo album for your woodworking projects. This is the best way to show a potential customer your credentials and skill as a woodworker. A photo album comprising of your body of work convinces the potential customer of your ability and reliability. A photo album of your work also serves as a design book. The customer could be needing something like you have built in the past and going through an album might help them to order that. You can consider creating different photo albums for […]

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Importance Of Advance Deposit Policy

We think that it is extremely important to have an advance payment policy when running a woodworking business. Simply put when you agree to do a job for someone, always ask for an advance payment to the tune of 50% of the total charges. There are many benefits of doing this. When a customer pays you 50% payment in advance you know that he is committed to you. He has no reason not to make the full payment when the time comes for delivering the finished work. Even in a situation where the customer is not ready to make the […]

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