Archive for the 'Business' Category

Milwaukee Tool Symposium 2015

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Last month, June 17 & 18 to be exact, I had the privilege of flying out to Milwaukee, WI to be part of the annual Milwakee Tool Symposium, which is when the company debus many of its new products. The event began on Wednesday evening with dinner and an unveiling of never-before-seen tools. On Thursday, […]

Company Culture

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

If you read any business magazines like Inc. or Entrepreneur, sooner or later you will read an article about the importance of having a healthy company culture, how you can’t manufacture it, but can only foster an environment so it can form organically. If you are like me, you skipped right over those articles because […]

Love Letter To My Employees

Friday, May 15th, 2015

I just hired my forth employee a month ago. When I made the decision over four years ago to cease being a single-man operation and enter the world of being an employer and boss, I would not have guessed that my business could ever grow to the size that it is today. Every once in […]

High-Tech Cordless Tools

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

As woodworkers, we have become accustom to high-tech stationary power tools, complete with all kinds of bells and whistles. Whether it is a SawStop with flesh sensing technology, a TigerStop digital fence, or the plethora of digital speed, angle, and height read-outs found on shapers, sliding table saws, planers, and widebelt sanders. Let’s not forget […]

Bosch Innovation Experience

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

This past week, I had the privilege of attending the Bosch Innovation Experience at the World of Concrete trade show. Every year Bosch chooses a specific trade show at which to unveil and demonstrate all their latest technology, innovations, and products. This year I was invited to attend, along with Ethan Abramson, another Woodworking Network […]

The Yes Man

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

This past month has taught me that my main weakness, when it comes to running a company, is my inability to just say “No” to a request for work. I don’t know if I am flattered that people want my company to make them things, or if the lean times I have had to struggle […]

CNC Machine – The Little Things

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

A CNC machine is the largest, most expensive, and most complicated piece of equipment found in most shops. Taking a peek under the control panel of one of these machines is enough to make my head spin. The complexity of ensuring thousands of switches and sensors are regularly communicating perfectly with hundreds of mechanical parts […]

CNC Machine – A Few More Steps Forward

Friday, November 14th, 2014

In my first post a few months ago, I mentioned how my company has grown and matured to the point that I am considering adding a CNC machine to the shop. I also discussed the incredible weight a decision like that brings to the mind of a small shop owner. A CNC machine is not […]

IWF 2014 Recap – Part 2

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

As I had done in Las Vegas last year, and at the previous IWF, I was working with the Woodworking Network and would be video interviewing several companies that had booths at the show, discussing new products and innovations. Those several interviews morphed into over a dozen! Needless to say, my Wednesday was pretty full […]

IWF 2014 Recap – Part 1

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

This was my second time attending IWF, which made the overall experience much more approachable and relaxed. The feeling of being completely overwhelmed by the sheer size and magnitude of the Georgia World Congress Center had almost completely vanished, and only once did I get myself turned around and lost in the catacombs of the building. […]