Archive for the 'Business' Category

Shop Antics V1

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

There are countless articles and books written about the importance of creating and nurturing a distinct culture (or atmosphere) in the work place. Thankfully, we are lucky to have one of those distinct workplace cultures. In fact, it arose quite organically, with no poking or prodding from yours truly. Several guys (and the one gal) […]

IWF 2016

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

At the risk of this entry being completely irrelevant, given the fact that five weeks have already passed since IWF ended, I wanted to collect my thoughts and recount a few highlights from this year’s show. This is the fifth show that I have attended, with IWF 2012 being my very first experience. This was […]

CNC – Support Infrastructure 2

Monday, June 13th, 2016

In this entry, I want to look at the final infrastructure items related to setting up our CNC machine. Most of these items were quite inexpensive compared to the punch list we looked at in the first installment, but they can have just as big of an impact on the efficiency of your CNC machine. […]

CNC Machine – Support Infrastructure 1

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

When I placed the order for our Profit H08, I knew the machine itself was going to be the most expensive piece to the puzzle. However, there were other pieces to be considered in order to make it the functional powerhouse we needed it to be. POWER We do not have the benefit of unlimited […]

We Almost Broke Our CNC Machine!

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

I wish I was joking when I typed out that title, but unfortunately I am not. Here is how my world came crashing down. A few weeks ago, we broke our plywood cutting bit trying to route a piece of cherry on the machine. The wood broke loose and snapped the bit. An $86 mistake, […]

CNC Machine – Arrived & Alive

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Felder Profit H08 5×10 CNC Machine The CNC arrived from Austria to our shop on January 27th, bright and early. We do not own a forklift, much to the chagrin of my employees, but across the street is an industrial steel plant, and they have been kind enough over the years to unload any machines […]

Eastern Mill Tour – Part 3

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

October 2015 Northwest Pennsylvania The Business of Timber and Logging…and Whiskey! In this entry, we are going to look at some of the behind-the-scenes economics that are quietly whirring away in the background before any tree gets cut down or any log gets sliced up. The forests in the NW region of Pennsylvania are almost […]

Eastern Mill Tour – Part 2

Sunday, February 7th, 2016

October 2015 Northwestern Pennsylvania The Sawyers and the Forest On the second day we traveled out into the forest, onto a privately owned tract of land where Northwest Hardwoods was harvesting maple, cherry, and ash trees. The timber crew that we observed was a three-man operation, which is a typical size, two of which were […]

Eastern Mill Tour

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

October 2015 Northwestern Pennsylvania In October of this year I was invited to join my lumber supplier, Intermountain Wood Products, on a tour of four lumber mills in the northwest region of Pennsylvania. The mills, owned by Northwest Hardwoods (NH), Industrial Timber & Lumber (ITL), and Matson Lumber, supply much of the red oak, white […]

Library End Panels

Friday, October 16th, 2015

One afternoon in late June of last year, I received a short and somewhat confusing e-mail asking if we could “quote some end panels for bookshelves”. Nothing more, nothing less. I just about deleted the message without responding, grumbling to myself about the poor state of digital communication these days. But, since typing out a […]