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DMT’s Dia-Flat Takes a Crazy Beating

DMT’s Dia-Flat Takes a Crazy Beating

I don’t get too worked up about sharpening equipment. With a few exceptions, any abrasive gets your tools sharp. And I find that the less I write about abrasives, the happier I am. But I’m going to break my silence to talk about DMT’s Dia-Flat lapping plate. It is awesome – practically perfect. Yes, it Continue reading»

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For Fun: The Song of ‘Rooney O’Chisel’

For Fun: The Song of 'Rooney O'Chisel'

This morning, I’m listening to the newest album from The Avett Brothers, “The Carpenter.” It’s a delightful acoustic and folky album, and as a bonus the CD cover looks like a traditional seal of a brotherhood of carpenters. (Listen to them perform the song here.) I’ve always liked songs about the craft, like Guy Clark’s Continue reading»

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A Stent-style Workbench in the Wild

A Stent-style Workbench in the Wild

It’s fairly uncommon to find old workbenches in the wild that don’t have stretchers below the benchtop. After all, it’s quite handy to have a shelf down there for planes, other tools and furniture parts. So even if a workbench started life as a Roman-style bench without stretchers, I think there’s a fair chance that Continue reading»

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Photographing the Difference

Pictures are a great way to communicate. They are the next best thing to being there and, like they say, each is worth a thousand words.
When you’re considering having work done in your home, office or on your property, a picture helps you appreciate how much better it will look (function, etc.).  Pictures not only demonstrate that the craftsman has done this before but provides proof as to the quality of the work as well.
We can take this demonstration even a step further. Seeing what the area looked like BOTH before AND after the project is completed most clearly shows what is gained…. the difference it can make.
This is best accomplished when both photos are shot from the same angle and framed roughly the same size (something I’m still working on).
I find I have more faith in a business that is willing to document it’s work. If a company can show you photos of a couple of different projects, both pre & post, it helps convince me to move forward with the particular job I’m considering.
We’ve been doing this for a while now so I have enough pics to break them up by project category. The following are a few samples of -KITCHENS- photographed before and after…

half way through installation

The following pantry is so small, I covered it from two different angles

Before…

…during installation…

…. and after.

I have a good number of these before & after shots / I’ll post a series of them without copy as they now speak for themselves / hope you enjoy!

Russell Hudson / 11/16/12

 

Photographing the Difference

Pictures are a great way to communicate… especially when you are trying to sell your work and it provides a ‘proof’ of your experience that few clients can argue with. It also helps a client to better understand the quality of what you’re capable of and lastly, it convinces them just how much better their home or office or property will be (or work, look, etc.). if they choose to go forward with the project being considered.
This same sales tool can be taken to a whole other level of success… and for the exact same reasons we’ve just listed above. You do it by making sure you also remembered to take photos before you created the work.
Good, old & reliable… before & after shots. Nothing says it like they do. You even become more reputable because you believe in what you do and have been willing to document it.
I go so far as to tell my clients they can call any customer whose work they are looking at (as the # of clients I have any problem with, at all, is less than 1 in 20.
Clients will find it helpful to see both pictures taken from the same angle and with the same size framing. I also elect to take pics during construction or installation as well. This helps people see how a project ‘comes together’.
I have enough pics to break them up by project category. The following are samples of kitchens photographed before and after…

half way through installation

This pantry is so small, I covered it from two different angles

Before…

…during installation…

…. and after.

I’ll be adding more of these pre/post photos as I have quite a few, but they’re scattered everywhere and every once and a while I need to spend time making a living / :-)

Russell Hudson / 11/16/12

 

On Wide Wood and Where to Get it

On Wide Wood and Where to Get it

Sometimes I wonder what I would do if I lived in a place where I didn’t have easy access to clear, wide wood. Then I realize the answer: I would move. Today I picked up about 300 board feet of 5/4 and 6/4 sugar pine – most of it 18” wide – for some projects I Continue reading»

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Back Bevels on Block Planes

Back Bevels on Block Planes

When I was taught to sharpen in 1992, the flat back of the iron was holy ground. We were taught to flatten it completely and polish it like a mirror. Never mind that none of the old tools we were buying at flea markets looked like that. With the old tools, there was rarely much Continue reading»

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More Wooden Vise Options: Evans Wood Screw Co.

More Wooden Vise Options: Evans Wood Screw Co.

I try to stay abreast of the world of workbenches and workholding. But sometimes a place like Evans Wood Screw Co. escapes my eye. For six years, this Franklin, Ind., enterprise has been cranking out wooden vise screws for workbench builders. You can find the company at TheTraditionalCarpenter.com. The small site offers a good selection Continue reading»

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Learning to Speak ‘Studley’

Learning to Speak ‘Studley’

Today we inched our way through the process of documenting the tools in the H.O. Studley chest with high-resolution, for-publication photographs. It is grueling work that’s done in the dark, punctuated by blinding flashes and always coated in the fear of dropping one of the tools to the floor below. All told, there are more Continue reading»

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Learning to Speak ‘Studley’

Learning to Speak ‘Studley’

Today we inched our way through the process of documenting the tools in the H.O. Studley chest with high-resolution, for-publication photographs. It is grueling work that’s done in the dark, punctuated by blinding flashes and always coated in the fear of dropping one of the tools to the floor below. All told, there are more Continue reading»

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