Saturday, 23 November 2013

TIPs for DIY-Related Businesses: Tap the DIY Traffic like the Big DIY Stores

In the DIY industry? Selling carpets, flooring, home decor, etc.? Too many flooring businesses remain shut in the weekends!

Do what the big boys do, follow the example of the big DIY stores, open in the weekends. So many of these stores, even larger ones, are shut when they could be picking up weekend sales.

The 9-5pm, weekday opening times just does not cut the mustard - see how busy these DIY stores are in the weekends? They are buzzing! And the car-parks are full!

If you know that DIY programmes on TV are running or have run, then ride on the coat-tails of these programmes because they have generated much interest in home DIY and that translates into increased traffic to DIY stores, stemming from increased motivation and inspiration to improve their homes by home-owners.

These programmes are quite open about the amount of viewership they have garnered (which is valuable information), and if the trend has been an increasing one over consecutive years because the housing cycle is in the upturn phase, take a risk and open your stores in the weekend, if you haven't already or trial it for a few weeks. You might pick up the sales that your competition will miss by being shut in the weekends, especially in the spring right through to the autumn season.

And if you have information that a prime location/city is too hot and house prices are too high, it is very likely that home-owners will renovate and stay put because they can't afford to upgrade to a more expensive house, so that is another indicator that DIY activity is going to increase.

Also there are other indicators eg. legal / financial - if there are legal changes eg. requirement for a greater deposit to buy a house it can lead to more creative ways to house other members (grown-up kids) of the family (who would otherwise be getting their own place but are not able to afford the deposit required by say, a higher LVR (20%?) than in the past), such as, extending the existing home, or adding a self-contained wing to the original house, either attached or stand-alone. All this would mean more DIY activity from home owners.

It's logical to open in the weekends because most DIY folks are doing renovations and repairs when they are off work, in the weekends usually. Those large DIY stores know a thing or two about their markets when they keep themselves open 7 days a week. If your resources are smaller, financially or labour-wise, juggle your down-time and take some leave during the week so you can remain open in the weekend, at least partially.

Test the water and then tweak your data-driven strategy to optimise your results for the best outcome!

You never know just how long the Season of Plenty will last (post GFC) so why not Go with the (DIY money) Flow, when the Trend is your Friend and DIY Fever is in the Air? When business is brisk, every hour you are open is Happy Hour. You can always 'take it easy' when business winds down as it will at some stage later on down the track.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

DIY FOR PETS: Cat Toilet-Kit & House-Train Kitty Too

Don't you just love DIYs? Just think of all the money you would be saving...not to mention that feeling of having accomplished something good with your own hands. There are so many enterprising people all over the world (find them on Youtube!) so check this out so you can house-train your cat using a cat toilet-kit which you can make yourself (seriously, this is serious cat-business!):

Who would have thought that a ring, cake-baking pan would come in so useful for potty-training your cat?!  Alternatively:

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Awesome DIY Prosthetic Hand & More Prosthetic News...

3D-Printable Prosthetics Applied in Vet-Care:
Lucky Ducky!

Britain's First Bionic Boy - with iLimb, 
Can be controlled by Smartphone App!


Due to the Removal of the Top Video by the Uploader
Here is the Same Footage From Another Source:

More 3-D Prosthetics Printing

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

3 Tips to Buy the Right, Second-hand, Woodworking Equipment

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Have you been working as a wood working craftsman for ages or have you started recently? Whether you're an experienced craftsman or a total rookie you might want to save some money and you can do it by purchasing used, second-hand, woodworking equipment instead of new tools. It's possible to save plenty of money but it's important to choose the right equipment and to buy the things from the right place.

Who to buy used-tools from

It's definitely a good idea to try to save some money by purchasing used-wood working equipment but it's also important NOT to buy the first, used tools that you find. You will be able to find plenty of sellers on the Net and you will also be able to meet many sellers if you start visiting flea markets, but you should keep in mind that some used-woodworking equipment can be a waste of money instead of a good investment.

It's a big difference between the tools you need as a woodworking professional and the tools you need as a woodworking hobbyist. You need to be extra careful if you're a professional craftsman. You can't afford to buy worthless tools that can't be used for your woodworking projects and that's why you should only buy your used -woodworking equipment from shops who sell secondhand-items to that profession. They will be able to meet your demands and you will get what you need. Everyone will be happy with such a deal since you will save money and they will make money.

What kind of old tools can I buy

You might wonder what kind of old tools you can buy without getting worthless equipment. The age doesn't really matter since some machines and tools can be reconditioned. This means the motor might be replaced and that will make an old machine almost as good as a new one. It's not a good idea to buy a 15-year old machine with the original motor left in it though (ie. relatively newer, more expensive tool with a won-out, old motor). That means you will throw away your money and that's probably the last thing you want.

Try to find some used-woodworking equipment that still works well for a low cost. Don't get blindsided by the price though because the quality is the most important thing. And that's what you should focus on.

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DIY Woodworking Plans For Beginners - How To Choose The Right Woodworking Plan

TedsWoodworking Plans and ProjectsAll rookies need to find woodwork plans that matches their skills. The best thing to do is to start with an easy project that you will be able to finish. Finishing a project will make you feel very satisfied and will boost your confidence to tackle future woodworking projects.

In the beginning you don't have to come up with your own woodwork plans. It can be a bit tricky to create woodwork plans and you can use already existing ones in the beginning. You will be able to find plenty of them on the Net but also in magazines and books. You don't even have to buy all the books unless you want to, you can visit the library and borrow a few suitable books with woodwork plans.

It's important to remember that every woodworking project needs to be planned. You will be able to avoid making unecessary mistakes if you're using woodwork plans for all your projects and it will help you save a lot of time as well. There are many reasons why you should spend enough time on the planning part of your work before you go ahead with the constructing part. The chance that you will succeed and achieve the result you would like to get is much larger if you're using one of the good woodwork plans that can be found in books and magazines. You can also use something that you find on the Net but it's important to remember that you have to check the accuracy before you follow one of these since the Net is full of unverified information.

As soon as you get more experienced you might want to come up with your own special woodworking plans. It will make all your furniture more exclusive and special since they won't look exactly like the furniture that other woodworkers create. It's certainly a lot more fun to create your own items without copying someone else's plans and this is necessary if you would like to embrace the woodworking craft as your profession in the future. It's actually possible to make good money from woodworking if you're skillful, patient and careful.

It's not always easy to choose woodwork plans for DIY woodworking beginners but you should try to use books and magazines instead of the Internet as often as possible since you will get more accurate results by doing that. You should also start to create your own woodwork plans as soon as possible since that will make woodworking even more fun.

Woodwork Crafts -The Beginners Guide To DIY Woodworking

Woodworking is great since it can be a hobby as well as a profession. You can make plenty of money on woodworking projects if you're talented. You can build armchairs, tables, beds and many other things and if you build really nice items you will be able to find a market for them.

The great thing with the woodworking craft is that it can give families with low income the possibility to have some really nice furniture as well as other things in their homes since they will be able to create these items with their own hands. It takes time to become really skillful of course but everyone has to start somewhere in order to become successful. It's never too late to start working with woodworking projects and it's a fun hobby to practice as well.

Get some help online

If you're interested in learning  more about the woodworking craft you should definitely perform some research on the net. You will be able to find an abundance of useful tips there and you will soon be able to start practicing what you've learned. You can also get much help if you become member of a forum on the Net where woodworking craft is discussed.

When you've read a few guidance articles online you will know that you need some basic woodworking tools when you want to start working on your woodworking plans. A saw is a tool that you can't live without if you want to become literate in woodworking. You will need more than one saw, at least two saws, perhaps more. You also need to buy at least one jig and a knife is useful to have as well. These tools are the basic things you need to have to get started, You might have to buy a few other tools as well when you proceed to more advanced woodworking projects.

Get yourself a hobby that can satisfy you

The woodworking craft is a hobby that can be very satisfying. It feels great to know that you've built the nice things that you have in your home and your family will most likely be very pleased with it as well. This is a great hobby to have and it can become your profession one day if you spend enough time on it.

It's a great feeling to be able to build something from wood with your own hands. You can come up with new woodworking plans every month and finish them in your spare time.

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Tools You Need To Get Started Building Your First DIY Woodwork Project

Tons of things were different when your grandparents were young. Woodworking was very popular back then and most men had the skills to build something with their own hands. Almost everyone had their own woodworking projects which they worked with whenever they had some time to spare.

Things are alot different today. Few people can handle their own woodworking projects and most people has to call in a professional if they would like to have some nice wooden furniture for the home. Furniture made of wood are stylish, classic and loved by most people.

Woodworking is easier today

It's actually quite easy to gain knowledge today and woodworking knowledge is not an exception. The Net is a great source of woodworking information and how to start with easy woodworking projects. You will have to practice what you read in order to become skillful obviously but that will be a lot of fun.

Buy what you need to start

In order to start woodworking you will need some tools. It's always best to buy quality tools since that will make it possible to get really accurate results. It all depends on how much money you can spare. You should always stick to your budget since woodworking is supposed to be fun and not stress you financially.

The Internet is great since you will be able to buy all the tools you might need there. The prices are usually much lower than in the stores. Make a list of all the tools you will need for your woodworking projects and order them from the best e-shop you can find. Remember to compare prices before you order anything since some web shops are a lot cheaper than others.

It can be difficult for a beginner to know exactly what tools you will need to start with but you will be able to find some guidance from online articles. The first thing you should buy is a great saw. Actually you will need several saws since there are various types needed for different jobs. You will also need a good jig.

Jump in and learn all you want and need about woodworking. You'll soon be able to work on your own easy woodworking projects and discover how much fun it can be.

How To Plan Building Your Woodworking Shed

TedsWoodworking Plans and ProjectsHave you ever built a woodworking shed before? If this is the first time you create anything like that you will need some guidance through the procedure. It's not as easy as you might think to build a wood working shed and it's really important that you plan your woodworking shed before you do anything else.

The first thing to figure out is WHY you would like to have a woodworking shed in your garden. Is it for storing all your garden tools or for your golf equipment? Are you planning to use it as a retreat and relax from time to time when you're tired and need some privacy or are you contemplating other uses such as a puppy-pen or other use?

There are many possible reasons why you would like to have a woodworking shed and as long as you plan your work before you do anything you will most likely be very happy with this new small building in your garden.

The second thing you need to figure out is WHERE you would like to place the woodworking shed. Is there a perfect spot in the garden where it would be suitable to place it? There are some things you should remember when you're trying to decide where it should be placed. The first thing to keep in mind is that you need to build it in a place where it won't disturb your neighbours or some member of your family. That's really important to consider when you're planning the construction. Another thing to remember is that it should be placed where it's not hiding the garden from the sun.

The third thing to figure out is HOW big you would like your woodworking shed to be. This depends on what you would like to use it for. It will be quite easy to figure this out when you know what purpose your new woodworking shed has.

Answer these questions, one at a time and when you've done that it's time to start designing your new woodworking shed. You will soon discover that it can be quite fun to plan and build your woodworking shed.

Easy Woodworking Plans For The DIY Woodworker

It doesn't really matter if you've practiced woodworking for many years or if you're still a rookie, you can always use some easy woodworking plans. It will be much easier for you to finish your projects if you follow simple woodworking plans. It's important to check the accuracy of the plan before you start working though.

TedsWoodworking Plans and ProjectsIt's all up to you where you would like to pick your woodworking plans. You can find hundreds of them on the Net but not all of them are accurate. You will more likely find a good plan for your new project if you consult a book about the wood -working craft. A subscription for a woodworking magazine might help you as well.  The Internet is a great source for many things and it's a great place to read articles and learn much about a certain topic, such as woodworking, but it's not the perfect place when you want to find easy woodworking plans.

It's important that you're aware of the fact that it will be possible for you to build some really nice pieces of furniture even if you're following easy wood- working plans. You can build a rocking armchair or a nice bureau if you want to and it doesn't have to be as complicated as it might seem. You have to know that it takes time and practice to become a talented and skillful craftsman if you want your furniture to look great.

Woodworking doesn't have to be your profession, and many people indulge in it as a hobby. If you practice alot you will be able to build almost all the furniture that is needed in a home and that can help you and your family save alot of money since you don't have to buy expensive furniture from a store.

When you've finished several projects you might want to try more difficult plans and that's ok but you should always keep in mind that easy woodworking plans will work just as well for a more 'complex-looking' result. It's your WORK that matters. You can also come up with your own plans when you're skillful enough to figure out how to do it. That makes the craft of woodworking much more fun!

Monday, 21 October 2013

Review of "Furniture Craft Plans"

What Is FurnitureCraftPlans All About?

This package contains over 9,000 premium woodworking furniture
and craft plans that is easy for you to follow at home. These plans
cover a variety of different furniture projects that you can work on
at home and focus mainly on furniture and small craft items.
This premium package contains all the necessary info which includes
clear diagrams, accurate dimensions and detailed explanations on the
plans' design.

We think this is extremely important because we have seen plenty of
free and paid woodworking plans on other sites that have been created

Some have inaccurate dimensions, some did not explain what tools
will be needed during the woodworking process while yet others only
provide the diagrams without proper step-by-step instructions
on how to do it. You know what I mean if you've paid for those
low-quality woodworking plans in the past.

Well fortunately, these flaws and mistakes will not be present
within the "FurnitureCraftPlans" package!

The benefits of this package are:

- All materials and tools required to start are properly listed.
- Diagrams are clear and with accurate dimensions.
- Photos are also included; nothing is left to the imagination.
- Detailed explanation of plans will guide you from start to finish.
- All instructions are ready to be printed with proper categorization

The disadvantage of this package is:

There are just too many plans! After downloading you can feel overwhelmed. As you can imagine, it is difficult to pore through over 9,000 plans!

My suggestion is to focus on the projects you want to work with first.
As it is categorized, all you need to do is to search and/or go to the
category you want.
Eg: I started with a simple birdhouse so I went to
the "outdoor small crafts" section to look for related plans.


In Conclusion:

I highly recommend this package if you enjoy working with wood. It
offers fantastic value for money. These DIY furniture, woodworking plans are not complicated; they are straightforward and extremely easy to follow.

Even a complete newbie will able to master the woodworking skills and
techniques and within minutes by following the clear and concise
instructions supplied by this furniture maker.

One thing I really enjoy are the free updates. From what we've seen,
they are consistently updating their members' area with new woodworking plans, all for free without additional charges.

Top 6 DIY Woodworking Projects You Can Start Right Now

Is it finally time for the yearly vacation? It's always very hard to wait for the vacation to take place but now it's finally here and you've hopefully got plenty of time for fun things. A very good thing with having a vacation is that you will have some time for DIY woodwork plans that you didn't have time for when you were working at your job.

Have you got any woodwork plans that you would like to look closer into when you're free from work? You will have time to finish at least one of them during your time off and I can almost guarantee that you will feel very satisfied when you've finished one of your dream projects. This is something you do for yourself, not for an employer and that usually feels very satisfiying.

Have you always wanted to build a cradle for your newly born child? Well, now is the right time to do so if you want it to happen. This is a great woodwork plan and it can remain a lifelong memory for you as well as your child. Make sure to spend as much time as needed on this project - don't rush things since the result will be much more satisfying if you're careful and do everything properly.

Would you like to create a nice looking armchair for your grandma? That's a great thought and you should definitely go ahead and do it right now if this is something you've always wanted to do. It can take some time but you've probably got several weeks' vacation to spend on the project. Just imagine how happy grandma will be when you show her the new armchair you've built for her.

How about building a new shed in the garden where you can place all your golfing equipment? There are plenty of great DIY woodwork plans online that you can get inspired by in case you would like to construct a shed. This is a great thing to build since you will have room for other things apart from your golfing equipment.

Or perhaps you might be considering constructing a new table for the kitchen? I bet your spouse would be very happy if you gave her a new kitchen table when your vacation is over. That's a woodwork plan worth considering. A new rocking chair is another thing that could be nice to have in the living room where you or a family member of yours could sit and read. Another great alternative when you're trying to choose one woodwork plan to start with would be to build a large new dog yard.  

So here you have it - 6 great DIY woodworking projects that you can start right now that's bound to delight your family and friends these holidays.

How To Use DIY Woodworking Plans For Your Next Woodwork Project

Have you finished any DIY woodworking projects before? If you've done it you're aware of the fact that a good construction requires some really good planning. If this is your first try it's important to make sure that you've got great DIY woodworking plans before you start.

It doesn't have to be difficult to come up with a plan for the project you're considering to start with. The project will much more likely pan out the way you want it to be if you take time to plan everything carefully before you even pick up your tools.

TedsWoodworking Plans and ProjectsOne easy way to find a good plan for your woodworking project is to look online. The Net is full of interesting woodworking plans for DIY projects and you will be amazed by how easy it is to find one that seems to be suitable for you. You will in most cases be able to choose between hundreds, or even thousands of woodworking plans and most of them are really good and easy to follow.

When you've decided what plan you would like to use it's time to take a closer look at it. You might need to search a little on the Net in order to learn more about woodworking before you're ready to start. It's important that you have some knowledge on the topic before you start building something yourself. It's more difficult than you might think and it's easy to get hurt unless you're careful.

If you've read plenty about DIY woodworking projects on the Net but would like to get some answers to things that you find difficult to understand it's wise to register for a member account on a forum regarding woodworking. You will soon discover that there are several forums to choose from and other members will be able to help you get an answer to every question imaginable that members might have.

The most important thing when you're into woodworking is your safety. You always need to be aware that you can get hurt if you're not careful. This is important to keep in mind even if you've completed many woodworking projects before. It's actually easier for experienced constructors to get hurt since they are usually more careless than beginners.

As you can see you need to do three things to start with.
  1. Find good DIY woodworking plans
  2. learn as much as you can about woodworking and 
  3. be careful about your safety plus that of anyone in the immediate vicinity when you start working with the project (especially with regard to your eyes: Prevent the fallout from flying debris, dust, etc. by wearing safety goggles such as during activities when using the electric drill, saw, planer, etc.)

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