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What keeps me going

Most of my projects have been one-off designs, often based on an idea that just popped into my head. While I know how to make it work, I haven’t always factored the budget correctly.

My clients usually agree immediately because I’m offering a high-end product and giving it a personal touch. But then it happens: I finally realize how much extra work will be required.

I have exceeded the budget many times doing this, and it’s hurt my bottom line. But there are times when a project just seems grueling and the inspiration is the only thing that keeps me going. From that standpoint, it might not be such a bad investment.


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There have been numerous times throughout my woodworking career when people have asked me how I do this or that. Sometimes it’s just curiosity. Sometimes it’s some who wants to do it themselves and is in need of guidance. And, sometimes it’s a competitor who has underbid a job he doesn’t really know how to do.