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Posted by on December 26, 2012    |    3 Comments   

Here at eReplacementParts, we’ve developed a flow-chart test to figure out what kind of tool best fits your personality. Our experts in “manology” spent hours carefully designing this test for your viewing pleasure. While it’s very effective at not being accurate, it should still entertain you or anyone willing to step up and take the test. It could make you laugh or it could make you cry, but either way, you’ll be able to take in the experience and maybe remember it for the rest of your life. Share and enjoy!


Posted by on December 21, 2012    |    Leave a reply   

Thanks to everyone who participated in our KitchenAid Mixer giveaway this month! The winner that was chosen by popular vote was Jamie from The Denver Housewife! You can see her award winning DIY project/tutorial here.

 


Stay tuned for future giveaway, and thanks again to everyone who participated.

Posted by on December 17, 2012    |    1 Comment   

Hello everyone! Today we have a guest post from Sawtooth Ideas, Inc. on making your own woodworking plans! Enjoy!

If you’ve ever built something to fit a specific need or space for your home, you’ve likely gone through the design process. You’ve identified requirements. You’ve drawn some sketches. You’ve considered alternative approaches. You’ve made adjustments as you’ve built. And likely, you have a few things you’d do differently next time.

Naturally, the end product is the end goal. But it doesn’t have to be the only goal. Capturing and sharing the artifacts of the design process (notes, sketches, models, and know-how) can be a satisfying and potentially lucrative secondary benefit of your efforts.

When you design something (no matter how simple or utilitarian), you’re creating intellectual property (IP), even if you don’t call yourself a “designer.” You’ve dedicated your gray matter to create something that has value. You own it. And you can choose what to do with it.


If you’ve created something useful, practical, or unique, you might consider formalizing that IP in a plan that can be shared with others. You’ve already done the hard work of figuring out what to do and how you’re going to do it. Now you just need to simply compile that work into some type of package that can be shared.

Creating a shareable plan is fairly easy to do. Consider starting with a template. At Sawtooth Ideas, we provide a woodworking plan template that identifies all sections you might want to include in your plan.

Each section is formatted and ready for you to fill in the details. Our template includes the following sections:

 

  • Project overview
  • Required tools and supplies
  • Materials list
  • Cutting diagrams
  • Project diagrams
  • Milling instructions
  • Assembly instructions
  • Finishing instructions


If you’ve already built the project, simply record what you’ve done. If you’re just starting to build, take a few notes and photos as you go. Including what worked well, what didn’t, and what changes you’d make next time. These personal notes can be some of the most valuable parts of your plan.


Once you’ve completed your plan, you have a couple of options for sharing it. A blog is one successful way to share, as shown by these popular blogs: Jeff Branch Woodworks, The Wood Whisperer, and Ana White.

If you don’t want to invest in a personal blog site, bloggers often welcome guest posts. Or you can post your plan on a community site like LumberJocks.

If you’ve invested any effort in your design or your plan, you may also consider selling it. Unlike a physical project which can be used, sold, or given as a gift only once, a woodworking plan can be sold over and over again with no additional effort on your part. This makes selling plans a uniquely profitable proposition.

Websites like Sawtooth Ideas and Etsy make it simple to set up a designer page and start selling your plans. At Sawtooth Ideas, we also provide design assistance. If you have a great project but don’t know how to compile it all together into a high-quality plan, our designers will walk you through the process step-by-step.

Most commerce websites also help you market your plan and manage your sales transactions, nearing eliminating any overhead. Expenses are usually minimal, with little upfront cost to you.

Bottom line: don’t overlook the potential value in your ideas. Even the simplest idea can be valuable and profitable with just a little bit of effort on your part.

Posted by on December 12, 2012    |    Leave a reply   

‘Tis the season to be jolly! With Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa and all the other holidays that fall during this time of year it is easy to get wrapped in the hoopla. No matter how you celebrate I think we will all admit that the holidays can turn into madness fast.

For many, the holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year. Our most recent infographic for tons of fun facts about the extreme behaviors of the holiday season. Do you have any idea how many evergreen trees are sold each year in the United States? Did you know there are cities named after festive traditions? Check out our holiday infographic for all these answers and more!



Posted by on December 5, 2012    |    78 Comments   

How many of you have been pining after a KitchenAid Stand Mixer for ages? Wouldn’t it be the perfect tool for your holiday cooking this season? Well, we have some great news. We’re launching a contest for all you Do-It-Yourself-ers out there, and the winner will receive a KitchenAid Artisan Series Tilt-Head Stand Mixer in the color of their choosing!
Entering is simple – write a post on your blog telling us about a DIY project you’ve done. People can vote for your entry once a day by clicking the “Vote for Me!” HTML button that you’ll take from this page and insert into your blog post. Then, the most popular tutorial wins the mixer. This contest will end on Wednesday, December 19th at 5pm EST.
Isn’t it beautiful? Customize it to fit your kitchen.

Once your blog post is written and ready to be entered, return to this page and click the “Enter Now” button. Email us the URL of your blog post and your name, and we’ll add you to the poll so that you can start to gain votes! You can promote your post however you like – social media, word of mouth – whatever!


In order for your blog post to qualify, it must have the following details:

  • Materials Needed
  • Price
  • Step-by-Step Instructions
  • HTML “Vote for Me” button

 

 

Here to vote? Click on your favorite blogger below. Remember that you can vote once a day, so come back soon!


On your mark… get set… GO!!!