DO's & Don'ts of running Small Furniture/Cabinet Shop.

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Blog entry by William Olsen posted 02-24-2013 10:25 AM 3496 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Where do I begin. There are so many Pitfalls in Running a Small Furniture / cabinet shop. I was vary lucky. I attended the Australian School of fine Furniture where I felt we were Prepared as much as they could for the real world of making a carrer in Fine Woodworking. WHAT I HAVE LEARED SINCE THEN!!!!!
What I’m Gonna try and do here is give small bits of critical info. Not just about staying in business but
Growing it as well.
For anyone out there that may read this please go easy on me, I’m not much of a writer but I’m trying.
I guess all I’m really trying to do is help the small Fine Woodworking Businesses . There were so many problems I hade in the beginning, It was frustrating. So if I can help anyone not make some of the mistakes I did then great.
Have to get to the Shop.. First… #1 Try as hard as you can to not over extend your self financially. What I mean Is don’t barrow a butt load of money, not with out a plan at least. And trust me, your plan probably has holes in it if your a new business. Being Financially burden will compromise the quality of you work. And the Quickest way to go out of Business is to do Poor Work…. Your work always has to shine….

-- William Olsen Designs

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#1 posted 02-24-2013 12:02 PM

I’m eagerly awaiting the rest of your advice.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#2 posted 02-24-2013 01:52 PM

This sounds very interesting. I’m looking forward to the next instalment. Thanks for sharing your experience and advice.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 02-24-2013 02:06 PM


Also, took a look at your web site William, very impressive!

-- Steve

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#4 posted 02-24-2013 02:08 PM

This is interesting, indeed. Thanks William, looking forward to more.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#5 posted 02-24-2013 04:09 PM

Well said William, good advise in life, as in the shop.
I like your website. I’m curious as to what other marketing works for you.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#6 posted 02-24-2013 06:54 PM

There are many excellent woodworkers that went out of business in the financial crises that was happening when I wanted to start my delusion of selling fine furniture.

I’d read the masters and I was totally inspired. I looked around for employment as a “gopher” in a ongoing shop. No one would hire me? Lots of reasons why not.

Your knowledge on “successful” woodworking business is a good thing.


-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 02-24-2013 11:56 PM

Wonderful presentation

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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William Olsen

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#8 posted 02-25-2013 12:32 AM

Thanks Guys.
I feel Very Welcomed.

-- William Olsen Designs

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