How I have made a living for the past 20+ yrs

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Project by Built2Last posted 01-20-2009 10:22 PM 4052 views 18 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While these are not new projects ( these pictures are almost 20 years old ), this is how I supported my family for around 20 years. I will update this a little later with the story of how, BUILT TO LAST WOODWORKS, came to be. It might help someone just starting or planing on starting a full time business in woodworking. I can say with all honesty, I have never regreted my decision.
While I know my furniture is not the museum type furniture, it was very well recieved by the public. I strived to build sturdy, long lasting (hence the name BUILT TO LAST WOODWORKS) pieces, that people of all walks of life could afford.
This is just a few of the items we built like gazebo’s, arbors, decks and all type of outdoor furniture.
Now that I’m retired I want to build more fine furniture (didn’t have time before).

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#1 posted 01-20-2009 10:50 PM

They look great. Welcome to the wonderful world of fine furniture also.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 01-21-2009 12:35 AM

Good, sturdy looking lawn furniture. I really like the glider.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 01-21-2009 12:59 AM

When you build museum-quality pieces, you limit yourself to a smaller group of customers. Your furniture appeals to the masses. I am anxious to hear your story.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#4 posted 01-21-2009 01:34 AM

I would love to hear all about it as well I sure could learn from you. I had an idea that I was going to build and sell all out door furniture but with the cost of shipping I thought I would have to get a part time job to afford to sell my outdoor stuff. How do you make money at this?

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#5 posted 01-21-2009 01:51 AM

Nice piece of lawn furniture that most folks will remember for comming right from the”builder”
Good on you!


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#6 posted 01-22-2009 01:35 AM

i too would love to hear how it went, as even the folks we ‘usually’ target seem to be scaling back a bit on upgrades, I would like to hear how affordable furniture worked out.
I suspect you built a good bit of inventory ‘on spec’ as I would imagine many of the folks you want to close the deal with right there, and are less willing to wait a week or two unless it was something that had to be really custom for thier site.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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