PO Box 2268
Starkville, MS 39759
If you have a quick comment you can use the comment form at the end of this page. However, if you have a question please browse through this FAQ list as I might have already answered it. Normally I get the same questions over and over so I put this list together. Feel free to use the form at the end if you have something different to ask. Also, keep in mind that I get a lot of email questions daily so please keep it short and sweet. Thank you :)
Is this your full time job?
I create articles, videos, and plans for this website. The subject of those is woodworking. So, yes this is my full time job. Thank you to all of those who have showed their support!
How can I make a living woodworking?
I have never made my primary income by woodworking so I can’t offer any advice here. My income comes from website advertising, video advertising, paid plan sales, an occasional paypal donation. None of which bring in anything to brag about but combined they do pay the bills and provide for my family.
What camera equipment do you use?
My main camera that I use is a Canon T3i. I have a few lenses that I switch back and forth with but if the video looks like a wide angle lens was used I am probably using my Canon 10mm-18mm lens. For all closeups and non wide angle shots I use a Tamron 17-55mm constant f2.8 aperture. I use a Rode VideoMic Pro with it. I also use a cheap lav mic and my cell phone to record lav mic narrations when I’m too far from the camera and the echo is bad. I then have to sync that audio with the camera audio. It’s not difficult but it is an extra step.
How do you fund your projects and videos?
Currently I do not make projects to sell them. My shop, website, and projects (and my personal life) are all funded by the income mentioned above.
I really appreciate what you do. How can I show my support?
If you would like to show your support at no cost at all to you you can do so by commenting and sharing anything on this website. That’s what has the greatest impact on helping me keep this ball rolling. But ONLY if you actually like the content. If you would like to directly help support my videos and website you can do so by either purchasing one of my detailed paid plans. Every bit is much appreciated and helps me to continue to provide free content.
How much do you sell your benches and picnic tables for?
I currently do not sell my projects and it has actually been quite a while since I made one of my 4′ sitting benches. Before I started this website and my YouTube channel I did sell quite a few of them on a regular basis though. Most people tell me I’m crazy after hearing this but keep in mind that I live in Mississippi which is the poorest state in the USA. I sold a non treated, non stained and sealed 4′ bench for $40. Add $15-$20 for treated lumber or water sealer. I sold my strong 6′ picnic tables for $150-$175 sealed and ready to go.
How much should I charge to make this for someone?
I cannot price another individual’s labor. Obviously you have to cover the materials cost so there’s no help needed there. Above that it’s purely up to how much you value your time. I will say this though; I’d rather not have a sale than under-bid my time.
Is your shop in your home?
My current shop is in my 2 car garage. My previous shop, which is in most of my old videos, was in an old run down apartment. I was maintenance at an apartment complex so I was able to use an old apartment.
Do your neighbors complain about noise? (My old apartment shop)
The old apartment shop was in a 4 unit building. Two on top and two on bottom. My shop is in the bottom left unit. The other bottom unit is for appliance storage. The one directly above me is our model apartment. And the one top right of the shop is rented to a nice family. They said they couldn’t hear anything at all. Out of courtesy I did not run any of the power tools after 9pm though. My current shop is in my 2 car garage and I’m lucky enough to only have one neighbor that lives across the street. They haven’t mentioned anything to me about noise.
What video editing program do you use?
When I was running Linux I used KDEnlive and it worked great. I built a video editing PC which doesn’t play well with KDEnlive so I had to switch to the Windows where I used Sony Movie Studio Platinum 12 for a while. Because I have an Adobe Creative Cloud membership I decided to learn Premiere Pro and absolutely love it. Adobe Premiere Pro 2014 is what I currently use.
Why do we see a bunch of Detroit sports stuff if you are in Mississippi?
I was born and raised just west of Detroit in Livonia Michigan. I’m a big Lions and RedWings fan. I’m not too fond of baseball and unfortunately the Pistons aren’t worth watching anymore.
I have a question about one of your tools…
I wrote articles on some of my tools already. Here they are:
- My Grizzly G0555LANV bandsaw
- My drill press
- My bad experience with a Ridgid R4512 table saw
- My same bad experience with a Grizzly G0715P table saw the week after the Ridgid.
- My current Grizzly G0690 table saw
- My Harbor Freight dust collector (no longer used due to an upgrade)
- My Grizzly G0703P dust collector
- My DeWalt DW735 planer
- My Ryobi 18v cordless tools
- My Grizzly G0490X jointer
- My XCarve CNC Machine