Very nice Charles - I really like the way you solved the "ugly hardware" issue.
The inlay really adds a nice touch - large cabinets tend to look a little monotonous but you have managed to avoid that without going overboard. I also like the addition of casters - did you design the skirts to be removed for those big moves? Very nicely done sir!
Wow! What kind of beer you drinking?
Agreed - here are a couple more -
1. Qualify, qualify and qualify some more! I can't tell you how many hours I have wasted while shooting the breeze with a visitor, only to find he was another woodworker. Determine right away if you are speaking with a potential buyer or not. Ask questions, listen and ask more questions!
2. Don't just show off your pretty work. Real buyers want know how you might be a part of a solution they are looking for. Be prepared with stories about how you have helped others get what they wanted. Convince prospects you are the solution or at least part of one.
3. Be sure you are in the right show - Home shows have never been that fruitful for me regarding custom furniture - they can be great for kitchen and bath products. When I think "trade", I think designers, architects, etc... - people who can bring business my way.
Like any market, the market for fine woodworking expands and contracts with the times - it's just business. Adaptability is the key to survival. While I enjoy doing my signature work - taking in some (or even a lot) trim or built-in work is never under me. In fact, treated right, that type of work can be a boost to your finer work down the road. Also, be sure you are taking care of your past customers - they are the most reliable source for repeat and new clients - also the least expensive to procure.
If you could see my first couple of attempts at chair building you would understand my need for a book like this. Sign me up fast, please!!
I was just looking over tapering jig plans. I love this - simple and functional - my kind of jig. I'm thinking of using a design like this with a cross-cut sled. - Thanks!
I have a bucket full of t&g oak flooring scraps - I never thought of taking advantage of the t&g for the purpose you have. Nice and simple - I love this site! Thanks!
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
- Albert Einstein
Please carry on Doug.
I learned I could too could create something - all I needed was my imagination and a plan to follow. Thank you Mr. Yeats!!
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