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Woodshop Beneficial Financial Paths

Woodshop’s Financials Woodshop Beneficial Financial Paths are our topic today. What do we mean by financial paths ? Are we talking about our shops expenditures each month ? What things cost us ? No of course not, we’re talking about the different ways to plug your own shop into making money. The life blood of all business. I’ll share with you all the steps I’ve taken to keep our Shop’s doors open. Woodshop Beneficial Financial Paths In order to make our financial paths we must first know the steps in which to take. Simply put, the correct steps make you money and the wrongs ones cost you money. We’ve all made bad financial decisions at one point in our lives, hopefully we learn from them. This is no different in the business world. Let us discuss below the things you’ll need for a successful business. Web Presence or your website…

CNC Woodshop Niche Christmas Projects

What to make for Christmas ? CNC Woodshop Niche Christmas Projects is our topic today. What do I make for someone for the holiday season ? Are there places for woodworkers to go to find these ideas ? What do I need to keep in mind  ? Do I have the time for the project I’ve chosen ? Do I have the skillset for the project I’m looking to do ? What’s the cost of the project I’m looking to do ? These are things I look at when undertaking any project. CNC Woodshop Niche Christmas Projects Here at The Little Little Woodshop this is a very busy time of the year. Not just with clients but the fabrication of gifts for the family. So where do we come up with our ideas ? Simple, by watching others ideas and following many of you on your journeys in woodworking. Social…

Vcarve Pro slab headboard scene tutorial

Why engrave slab headboards ? Vcarve Pro slab headboard scene tutorial is our topic today. Why engrave slab headboards ? Why engrave anything in the first place? Our abilities as engravers allow for us to take an average item and make it better. To personalize it in a way no other can. We do this by use of CAD to scale imagery and place it exactly where we want it to go. Have an old jewelry box laying around ? Put a decorative engraving on the lid. The possibilities are endless. Material Layout For our Vcarve Pro slab headboard scene tutorial we start with the design layout on the material. I want to know where all the discrepancies are. Knot holes. cracks and leaking sap to be more specific. I’ll measure from my materials dead center and measure to find the location of the problems. Write these down somewheres and have…

CNC Router bit types and their uses

CNC Router Bits CNC Router bit types and their uses is our topic today.Why so many router bits ? What’s their purpose ? Which bit do I use for a specific function ? Does the material I use make any difference in which router bit I use ? What is a router bit profile ? How long go they last, what’s their longevity ? Are they expensive, what do they cost ? These questions I needed answers to when I started out. I’ll discuss in greater detail the answers to these questions. CNC Router bit types and their uses I swear there’s as many router bits as there are uses for them. Certain router bits have specific functions but others can multitask. The bits you choose should do what you need. I’ve acquired several over the years but use only a handful. Although I own a cnc machine I still…

Raw Material Foraging Practices

What are raw materials ? Raw Material Foraging Practices is the topic today. So just what raw materials are we talking about ? Don’t we just go to the lumber yard to purchase our stock ? Why go through all the headache of foraging raw materials in the first place. What do foraged raw materials offer that other materials do not ? These are questions I asked when looking deeper into my own shops products lines. Let’s look deeper into this topic shall we. Raw Material Foraging Practices Raw Material Foraging Practices are simple and when done correctly the rewards are astounding.I won’t fail to mention that I only forage from downed trees,never good healthy trees. Any woodworker can purchase materials that have been milled,planed and dried. Personally, I enjoy the challenge of working with non symmetrical materials. Live edge slabs, tree limbs and branches all make great building materials.…

Utilizing Material Effects In Wood

What are effects in wood ? Utilizing Material Effects In Wood is our topic today. What are effects in wood ? How do we use them to make a piece stand out ? Are the effects difficult to work with ?  How will I determine what species to use and for what project? Is the species I’m looking to work with available in my area ? If not then where ?These questions I asked when I wanted to fabricate unique pieces. Utilizing Material Effects In Wood In our woodshop spalted materials are used more than any other. Spalting creates a uniqueness like no other and when used correctly its effects are stunning. This is only one effect in wood, we’ll discuss others. The placements as important as the project itself. The wrong effect in the wrong area will take away from the piece not add to it. Let us see…

CNC Engraved Cribbage Table

The History of Cribbage CNC Engraved Cribbage Table is our topic today. Cribbage is one of the oldest games in history. It dates back hundreds of years. First called Noddy, cribbage has gained popularity over the years. Cribbage was invented in the 1600’s by an English poet, gambler and gamester. Sir John Suckling modified the rules of noddy to what became cribbage today. Sir John, a wealthy man that inherited a fortune at the age of 18. He’s regarded as one of the foremost card players for his time. In 1630 Sir John Suckling was knighted by the King of England. He shamed his title several years later.  In 1641 Sir John was involved in a plot to save a jailed friend. The plan failed and Sir John fled England to take his life a year later at the age of 33. The game of cribbage is Sir John Sucklings…

CNC Kitchen Table Finishing

CNC Kitchen Table Finishing CNC Kitchen Table Finishing is our topic today. Now that our projects milled and sanded, what do we do with it ? Do I stain it ? Do I paint it ? Keep it a single color or add multiple colors to it ? What steps can I take to protect my investment? How will we seal it ? Can I leave it natural ? These are all questions we’ll address here shortly. Log Materials Our projects made from softwoods purchased locally. Log furnishings are mostly made from softwoods so we’ll look at finishing techniques best suited for them. Pine, Cedar and spruce are common log furniture materials. They require specific finishing techniques. Cedar and pine both emit saps and oils. Sealing prior to painting or staining prevents bleed through. Look at a quality sanding sealer for this purpose. Sanding wood sealer locks the porous material.…

CNC Kitchen Table Engraving & Fabrication

Kitchen Table Engraving CNC Kitchen Table Engraving & Fabrication is our topic today. I’ll discuss the steps required to take this project from materials to finished product. I’ll include an itemized list of all the project costs. The engravings run in steps to not burden the equipment. There’s no reason to push the router, equipments not cheap. The job requires a total of 4 router bits. The spoiler board bit, 90 deg. V-bit (bit of your choice for decorative edge), 60 Deg,V-bit and an end mill for cutout. CNC Kitchen Table Engraving & Fabrication CNC Kitchen Table Engraving & Fabrication is now ready to start. The designs programmed in CAD, so what’s next ? Let’s start with getting everything prepped so our engraving comes out perfect. When I do larger jobs I always resurface my spoiler board. This assures a smooth flat surface for the material to sit on. The…

CNC Kitchen Table Wildlife Scene

Wildlife Scene Ideas CNC Kitchen Table Wildlife Scene is our topic today. What wildlife scene will best suit me ? Where do I find the imagery ? Do I have the necessary skill set to build a large wildlife scene ? No worries, we’re going to cover it all and more. I’ll take you all step-by-step through the design and layout to putting it all together. CNC Kitchen Table Wildlife Scene For our CNC Kitchen Table Wildlife Scene I’m using animal species that are in my local area. Moose, Bear and whitetail deer are the large game species. The smaller game animals are fox,raccoon, rabbit, beaver,porcupine, and so on. There’s as many ideas as there’s animals, you just need to decide what’s right for you. Sounds easy doesn’t it ? With so much shared today I also try to give back whenever possible. The Little Little Woodshop has created an all…

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