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Remembering Marketing 101

For a short period of time, I was a business major while at the University of Alabama. While in business school, I learned one thing from my Marketing 101 class: the ingredients required for a successful marketing plan. The ingredient I want to focus on today is “distribution”. When developing a marketing plan, you have to create a way to get the product to market. This includes how to sell the product – how to create interest and desire. I was reminded of this today while talking to my Dad about my failed attempts at teaching SketchUp. The plan was for me to teach a series of three classes, one per month, at my local Woodcraft store. Teaching a class at Woodcraft was born out of a conversation I had with a fellow woodworker on Google Plus. He suggested I contact Woodcraft about teaching SketchUp. I remember thinking, “I can do that.” I am certainly capable of teaching at least a basic class on SketchUp. I saw teaching a class as a way to help …

Tornado Bed: Getting Underway

I wonder what its like to operate a shop where lumber is at the ready. If a project suddenly appears that calls for cherry, it is on hand, ready to go. Curly maple? Got that too. Sheets of nicely veneered plywood? They’re right over there. Maybe I’ll have a shop like that some day. For me, a new project means going to the home center to sort through the available lumber for acceptable boards. On one occasion I ordered some nice mahogany from Bell Forrest Products. Several times I have purchased quarter sawn oak and curly maple at my local Woodcraft – they have a wide variety of lumber in stock, some of which are exotics, but they don’t have enough of any one species to make anything of significant size. For the Tornado Bed, I went to Lowes – they have some options that Home Depot doesn’t have. I considered oak and the really poor “Top Choice” pine, but I decided to go with their select grade pine; it is mostly clear of defects, …

Wood River Taper Jig – Product Review

I have had all sorts of problems with the drawers in my built-in project. One pesky problem is that one of my drawer openings is slightly out of square. I took great care to cut the drawer face nice and square, making sure that I had a nice, even reveal between it and the face frame of the built-in. But, one of the cross pieces is slightly off. This means that I need to cut a slight taper on the drawer face to fix it. The taper is so slight that it won’t be that noticeable. Quick fix #1 I went to Woodcraft and bought a Wood River Tapering Jig. I thought this would be an inexpensive and fast way to get the necessary taper cut using my table saw and I would then have the jig for future use. After assembly, the taper jig was a big disappointment. The instructions were extremely poor – a line drawing of the jig and it’s parts and it looked like the drawing had been run through a …