Making Things Work

This is the fifth in a series of posts related to the tales in Making Things Work. These posts are not excerpts from the book. This one relates most closely to the tale entitled “No.” Due to operator error, the previous post in this series, “Beggars Can Be Choosers,” did not appear on the Lost Art Press site. You can find it here.


On 06/07/2018 12:23 AM, Mr. X wrote:


A few years ago I was looking for an Arts & Crafts bookcase to build for my den.  I am a retired draftsman, so I was able to pick and choose components from different designs and combine them into one.  But even after looking at so many different designs I still couldn’t find one that really made me happy.  And I looked at a lot.  Then one day I received my copy of Popular Woodworking and there…

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3 Responses to No.

  1. John Hippe says:

    So if I am reading this correctly the writer was essentially saying “Dear Nancy, great job designing the bookcase. I added a couple inches on the dimensions so now would like to market the design as my own. What price should I put on it?”

    Am I missing something? I am kinda slow…


  2. Tony Zaffuto says:

    Kudos Nancy, for your position! To take any other, will tie you to whatever this person, be it a ham fisted amateur, or a professional caninetmaker forever, in whatever he/she does, be it correct or a piece of crap. Further, he states he wants to market it? That reeks of a hobbyist, wanting to go professional!

    In a past reply to you, I suggested that you give going into business seminars-change that to business sense seminars. Many can learn from your experiences and opinions, no matter what the size of type of enterprise they are in.


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