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Home Based Professional Shops

This group is for all the professional woodworkers who have a home based shop.

Members: 75
Latest Activity: Apr 8

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Plastic Laminate Burn Marks 7 Replies

Started by Michael Smith. Last reply by Michael Smith Apr 8.

Stepping into Computer aided design 5 Replies

Started by Michael Smith. Last reply by Terry Ashley Apr 6.

Liability & Hazard Insurance for the Home-based Shop 4 Replies

Started by John Rooney. Last reply by Scott Boschetti Nov 6, 2011.

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Comment by David Bray on October 18, 2013 at 6:10am

I would also go to the local hardware and box stores and post an add for other woodworkers.  I, for one, if I knew a local person that can laser engrave, would have them engrave some of the items that I sell - if priced right.

Giving professional discounts helps maintain your niche, gives you revenue, and helps the other guys.  There are companies that put in large CNC systems and only do custom work for cabinet companies and the like.

Comment by Will Sampson on September 10, 2013 at 1:15pm

Ernie, I would think the laser work (I assume laser engraving) would have lots of potential for marketing and adding value to other products. Are you connected with local and regional service groups (Rotary, Lions, etc.) and chamber of commerce? Are you agressively networking in your region? Offering customizable offerings to other businesses can be lucrative. For example, over in Maine, W.A. Mitchell gets their chairs custom laser engraved with restaurant logos and such when they sell to commercial clients.

Comment by Ernest R Butler on September 10, 2013 at 10:41am

I make wood urn and cabinets and laser work

Comment by Will Sampson on September 10, 2013 at 10:33am

Ernest, what kind of work do you do and how do you market it?

Comment by Ernest R Butler on September 10, 2013 at 10:31am

I have wood shop 36'x36' in the North East of Vermont , not lot job here , looking move or do more marking.

Comment by Will Sampson on August 28, 2013 at 8:23am

Michael, sounds like a wonderful combination of high tech and low tech in your shop. As for the health care legislation, I don't think anybody knows/understands the impacts yet. That's why they keep postponing provisions. I know some longtime shop owners who decided to retire and sell/shut down their shops rather than deal with the new health care requirements. Since you don't have employees, as far as I know, your only requirement will be to buy your own health insurance for you and your wife. 

Comment by Michael Komala on August 28, 2013 at 8:07am

I have a small shop out here in the Pennsylvania Poconos, situated next to a quiet trout stream and in a 26' x 36' 3 story barn out behind the 170 year old house. 1/3 of the ground floor is for my 4x4 Precix CNC router, and an old cast iron leather belt drive wood lathe. Most of the second floor houses the balance of my shop. I'll produce just about anything I can get my hands on around here, supporting some of the local small shops with CNC carvings & CAD drawings, from large period furniture & cabinetry to little artsy engraved plaques. I supplement my income with some permit construction drawings for the City of Philadelphia. No employees, just my wife & I.

    I need to find out what really is happening with the ObamaCare fiasco, and how it is going to affect my situation. I don't have much, and not too crazy about having an (unorganized) organization impose additional expenditures on me.  

Comment by Ryan Bruzan on April 26, 2011 at 11:11am
15 minutes away, that is cool!
Comment by Vinnie Scarlata on April 26, 2011 at 8:00am
What are the chances. Here, a national blog, and we end up 15 minutes away from each other. Go figure!
Comment by Vinnie Scarlata on April 26, 2011 at 7:58am
Hey Will, I know Sandy Hook. I pass through on my way to Kellogg Hardwood.You're not far at all. Any time you want to visit, the shop door's always open. Be happy to have you. Call: 203.732.3257
 

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