One common question we get from readers is what happens to the tools we test and the projects we build. The assumption, I think, is that we live a life of free wood, free tools and the free time to combine those things into free furniture.
Most of the tools and completed projects are sold to the employees of F+W Publications Inc., our parent company. And then the money is sent to the manufacturer of the tool, in the case of tools we borrowed, or into our shop account, in the case of tools that we purchased outright from the manufacturer. The shop account allows us to buy glue, rags (so many blinking rags) and band saw blades and screws.
The projects we sell are a good bargain for the corporate employees , the projects are priced to cover the materials and just a little overhead. As a result, the furniture is sold using a lottery system.
Me and my fellow woodworking editors are allowed to keep a piece we built if we follow a few rules.