Episode 078: Thoughts on Being Self-Employed

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What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Working on the 100 vase, starting a job for Whittier College.

Sean – Made another metal leafed bowl and started restoring a couple hand planes.











Brian – Fixed the jointer and dust collection, working on the walnut bed, and stuff around the farm.











Main Topic – Thoughts on becoming and being self-employed.

Guest Question:


Listener Questions, Email, and Comments:

Dave Kunkle – Hi guys,

I’ve been an avid listener of your podcast from the beginning and enjoy it very much. I wanted to ask a question. Have you ever built something for a client and not been able to get it into their house or into the room the piece is going? I’m in the process of building an 84 X 48″ dining table and matching bench for a client. What design considerations do you make for fitting through doorways, around corners, etc? Do you build larger pieces of furniture in such a way that they are assembled on site?
My last project was a map cabinet and I’m thankful that I made the bottom detachable because it was about a 1/2″ too wide to fit through the doorway. I had asked the client for the width of his doorway but he measured from the inside of the frame and didn’t allow for the doorstop trim (or whatever it’s called). I don’t want a similar situation with the dining table.
Thanks for any thoughts you have about this. Keep doing what you’re doing! It’s appreciated!
Dave Kunkel
Wildside Woodworking
Chad McKamey –

I have recently started building furniture on the side as extra income/ shop upgrade money. I have had a few large pieces, but mostly Adirondack chairs which are quick and easy. I’m wanting to get into more custom high end pieces using hardwoods and more traditional building methods. The problem is that in my local area people are building big box store lumber pieces for ridiculously low prices (farmhouse table and benches for $500). Their quality is subpar at best, how do I find the clients that are wanting a quality piece and how do I convey my quality to clients so they understand that my product is worth my asking price? Thank you guys for entertaining me every week love the show and what you do for the community.

Many thanks
Chad McKamey

iTunes Reviews

Matt @ WBC Woodworks – Can’t Stop Listening – 5 Stars – Great Podcast!  Fun and always entertaining with pertinent info.  Keep it up!
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Author: Spunjin

I am a woodworker, maker, and DIY enthusiast.

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