|Project by robscastle||posted 10-19-2012 08:24 AM||1482 views||5 times favorited||4 comments|
This is an interesting story in regards to not attempting to compete with CNC woodworking using MMC at home MMC Man Manual Control.
I was approached by a resident asking if I could make some modular toys that were on ESTY
I thought at first that the sell price was beyond my costs and said that I could not make them in MDF for the same price and suggested what I thought was a reasonable cost I could make them for.
Silly move as my price was accepted.
So my learning training began, I set about attempting to replicate the image provided using MDF.
After lots of sawdust and a bin full of scraps, broken router bits and a few expletives I managed to produce a presentable product.
I rang the customer and invited them to view my work.
They were happy with the result and then asked if I could do it in ply.
Shouldn’t be a problem was my misinformed reply.
The saga continues
However the plywood which was readly available is a step above firewood, its graded as CD, holes poor finish warped to name a few of the defects, which after reading the specs I would consider it barely conformed to.
So my attempts to try to find plywood suitable for making toys went on, and it was is no easy task I tell you, eventually I did find some suitable AA grade ply but the cost was prohibitive along with not being readly available.
Eventually I found some ply locally which was reported to be BC grade and appeared to be suitable, and the cost was now twofold, meaning it was 50% of the AA grade cost.
I was tempted to phone the customer back and decline the job, but as failure was not one of my options I decided to do it anyway.
I managed to produce some presentable examples and called the customer back to review my work.
They were happy with the results, apart from some minor cosmetics, like holes in the material, so much for BC grade plyywood.
The cosmetic defects will be fixed and the customer will go away happy.
However the lesson here is do not attempt to compete with CNC wood working in the home shop using MMC and expect to be competitive.
-- Regards Robert