If you've been a long-time viewer of our videos...you've probably heard this a few times! Every single week it's, "Maybe one day we'll expand beyond the garage..." But when?! When will you finally do it?! Uhh....technically this past week, I guess. It might not be a commercial space yet, but we're one small step closer to our "big goals" (or "pickles" for some of you out there lol) Let's start at the beginning. Why did we feel like it was time to "expand beyond the garage?".
So, you've officially decided to start making money with your hobby. That's a big, exciting step!! You want to find a ton of customers who love what you do and keep coming back for more. But how do you do that? How do you find customers that appreciate your work and are willing to pay for the time you've spent mastering your craft? What traits do those kinds of customers have? Being able to tell if a stranger will make a good customer is a skill that takes A LOT of practice.
Over the past couple of weeks we've been selling quite a few cutting boards to Realtors as closing gifts...more boards than we had in our inventory, actually! So it was time to re-stock! Easy enough, right? Apparently not... You've probably watched some of our past videos where we batched out a ton of boards (if not, check them out!) and it was a fairly seamless process. We have an entire checklist written up of how to buy, mill, cut, glue, sand, and finish the wood for the b
So as most of you probably know, our business plan here in Houston is to sell closing gifts to Realtors who will deliver our packaging and advertisements to a homeowner with a big, new, empty house. That homeowner will then see our marketing and know that we build quality furniture! Our problem is, we only have 1 piece of furniture up on our website right now for them to buy (a farmhouse coffee table) so we decided to remedy the problem... Since so many people are still worki
We get a ton of questions on both Instagram and YouTube about sales: "What products should I sell? How much should I charge for my cutting boards? How do I find people to sell my work to?" The majority of these questions come from people who have been woodworking for years (even decades, sometimes!) and have now decided to turn their hobby into a business. BUT - we've noticed that a lot of these SAME questions come from young people, too!! High schoolers taking shop class are
As usual, we had quite a bit going on this week. We were following up with some Realtors and a couple other potential clients. We also started building the furniture set we talked about in our last posts and live streams! But the most important thing we did this week was our very first meeting with an entire Realty office! Following up with a potential client (like these Realtors we've been sending boards to) is such a funny process sometimes.... We have our initial interacti
That's the lesson we learned this week! When you start a business - the things required of you are not always written out super clearly and there is no manual or handbook teaching you how to operate. Sometimes you just have to anticipate roadblocks and be okay with being PATIENT. It's not supposed to be easy. This week our patience took the form of dealing with the bank.. So before we get into story time, let's run through a quick recap of our week - because not EVERYTHING ab
In our last post and video, we talked about how we just got back from 2 weeks of flying Atmospheric Rivers with the Air Force out in Reno, NV. We made a few sales while we were gone during that time, but we still had a couple more sales to lock down and finish up once we got back! One of our sales was a work from home desk that we delivered right after we got back and the other sale was supposed to be just a single coffee table! BUT - it turned into an entire living room full
So we just got back from a 2-week research mission with the Air Force. If you read our last blog post, we just had a record-breaking winter storm pass through Houston leaving a lot of us without power and water....and right after all that happened...we had to pack up and leave to go fly for our Air Force jobs! Not many people know this, but we don't JUST fly through hurricanes! For the last 2 weeks we were flying through Atmospheric Rivers over the Pacific ocean. An Atmospher
This week we're sharing what we consider to be our most valuable sales strategy! The best part is...it's also one of the easiest - literally anyone can do it!! We utilized this tactic while building and assembling a St. Patrick's Day charcuterie board as part of the #makeyourownparade campaign. This campaign (and video below) is sponsored by Carhartt - who teamed up with Guinness this year to make some pretty sweet St. Patrick's Day gear. Since St. Patrick's Day is probably g
There are a ton of YouTube videos on the internet teaching you some awesome ways to use your scrap wood. You can make small projects, gifts, or maybe even some shop furniture with leftover cutoffs from bigger builds. That's not what we used ours for this week.... You probably won't find any YouTube videos on how we utilized ours....lol Because we burned all of it in our fireplace to keep us warm after a MASSIVE winter storm rolled through Houston and took out our power and wa
We had a lot to do this week - ranging from sales calls to building a desk and engraving boards! Not to mention that we had to take a trip to our Air Force unit to knock out some work there. All of a sudden our 7 day week turned into 3 1/2 days in the blink of an eye! So how did we handle it?! Obviously all of the work still had to get done...for both our Air Force jobs AND our business. There's always a way if you're open to change... Our solution was to start splitting up j
Well, our furniture business has officially been open for about a month now. So how'd it go?? What'd we do? How much money did we make?! All fantastic questions. Let's take a deep dive into our first 30 days of builds, accomplishments, and sales. The first thing we did this month was take you guys on a shop tour. We hadn't done on in kind of a while, so we figured we'd show all of our big changes - we had a few pretty significant ones. If you didn't get a chance to see that v
We got a couple of little shop projects done this past week to make our building processes go a little smoother, but the most EXCITING part about this week was that we started selling! It's what we've wanted to start doing since we left North Dakota. It's the whole reason we did all of this work over the past year getting our prototypes and marketing done properly. We are so excited to be officially "open for business" and ready to start taking cutting board orders from realt
Yep. We're coming at ya with another video about our *ideal* charcuterie board jig to use on our router. In our last post and video regarding the jig, we showed you our first attempt at the template we wanted. It went pretty well for our first go at it, but we knew that there would most likely be another iteration to follow once we used it for a while and learned what we liked/disliked. Annddd sure enough - here it is! What sparked this whole adventure to build an even better
Our last shop tour was right after we had moved down to Texas and got all of our tools placed where we *thought* we wanted them to go in our garage! Since then we've gained tools, gotten rid of tools, upgraded tools, and completely reorganized the space! We've had to do quite a bit of transitioning when it comes to our shop. When we lived in North Dakota and were just woodworking as a hobby and then selling custom work, our shop was set up COMPLETELY different than it is now.
Last week we decided to completely take apart our old coffee table so that we could use the solid ash top to build our NEW coffee table prototype! It went pretty well! We got all of our remaining lumber milled and cut down to size, then cut out some of the decorative designs we needed in certain pieces. After all that was completed we were ready to tackle our tasks for the next week - which included assembling our new coffee table prototype! As much as we wanted to IMMEDIATEL
Yep. After all that work designing and building a special angled coffee table to fit our sofa chaise perfectly....we decided to completely demolish it. "What coffee table was that again??" you may ask. Check out the coffee table blog post AND this video right below: Why the heck would we do THAT?! Why destroy a perfectly good coffee table after you spent so much time designing and building it?? Well...it wasn't for selfish reasons. It wasn't because we hated the original. It
Our cutting board processes and checklists have been a success so far! We're super happy with how far we've come with those. But now it's time to shift our focus to charcuterie boards! We essentially need to repeat our process for optimizing cutting boards....again! We very quickly realized that the hardest part to make "repeatable" was going to be the handles of the boards! The rest of the process (cutting the lumber to size, milling, sanding, engraving) is pretty easy to wr
When you think of entrepreneurship or starting your own business....typically happy thoughts come to mind! "I can do what I want!" "I'll do everything MY way!" "This is going to be so fun!" "I will love every second of quitting my job and starting my business!" And don't get me wrong.....it IS great! Not having anybody to answer to but yourself and being able to do things exactly how you want is a wonderful feeling! But the only way a successful business is sustainable is if