Monthly Archives: March 2010

Help! I’m too busy!

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For the past few months, I have been trying to catch up with orders. And I went from a few weeks orders to fulfill, to now 6-7 weeks. Every time I finish one order, I get two more. Working 6-7 days a week hasn’t helped either. But a few days ago I found a helper! And he’s from Europe so he understands my style. We will be making about 5 media consoles in the next month, and they will be slightly different from each other. So I hope to be catching up because every month my lead time increases. And I probably lose sales that way.

In the back of my mind I know I could open up a shop with a few employees and crank out tons of my designs. And I could get my prices down with the volume I’d do. The part of this business I love the most is the design and prototype process. Which leads me to a fork in the road about 6 months ahead. My wife is also a designer, but of couture bridal gowns (SJ Couture). It’s a new company that will be marketing it’s first collection in a couple months. I’ll be helping her in any way that I can: meetings with buyers, photo shoots in May, Fashion Week, interviewing models (I hope), trips to Los Angeles, NY, France, etc.

So my furniture business may go bye-bye, or I may sell it, or I may open up a shop with employees and just do design, and be a boss. I know it doesn’t make sense to close a business that is successful and growing like a weed in the rainy season. So I am considering my options.

And I am doing my first public show at The Willows First Friday sale here in Phoenix on 4/2 from 10am – 2pm. Woohoo!! They sell some beautiful industrial furniture and have expressed an interest in my goods, along with a couple other shops all curiously just a few miles down the road from me.

Vintage Industrial Media Console Updated

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Here is another media console I just finished for a client. I changed a couple things from the first model I made which is different wood on the top (mahogany), and cast iron latches. Dimensions are 48″ x 17″ x 31.5″ tall which is a little more narrow than the other one I made. I do love how this came out with the minor changes. I HOPE to get enough time to make one for myself as I just sold the 3rd one which was going to be for me. Can’t keep em on the shelf!

New Industrial Design Brewing

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I had a new idea pop into my head the other day while I was at the movie theater. It’s similar to the Brooklyn table with the cross bracing, but I plan to use it for the legs of a table and possibly the entire frame. It’s pretty time consuming with all the welds and cuts, but I think the look will be well worth it. My first thought is to make a desk out of it but we’ll see. Right now I am backed up about a month with more orders on the horizon.

Below is an 8″ piece of the structure.
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Antique Casters – Vintage Industrial Caster Wheels

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Looking for Antique Casters?

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I keep getting calls about the caster wheels I use, people are asking where I get them. When I first started this business, I was doing the same thing which was trying to source old or antique caster wheels for my projects. I did find a couple on Ebay, but they were very expensive or not a full set. So I decided to buy new casters and distress them through various processes I discovered. And recently, I decided to start selling the casters I use on my furniture. My stock changes all the time, but I can get (or have) 4″, 5″, 6″, and 8″ casters.
I have a set of 5″ swivel casters for $180 + $20 shipping. They use a 3/4″ threaded stem, have upper and lower ball bearings, are rated to 300 lbs each, and are 6″ in total height. The wheels are made of cast iron and have a flat black paint job. The frame of the casters has a weathered patina with some light rust. These are brand new, just distressed by me. Below is a picture of the set and a desk that uses the same wheels. I stock these casters with brakes or locks. Feel free to contact me so I can check my stock here: Contact Form

Below is a set of heavy duty industrial 6″ cast iron caster wheels. The swiveling wheels are 2″ wide and are rated to 900 lbs each. They also have a weathered patina on the steel with small amounts of rust. These are brand new distressed casters. Weight is about 8 lbs each! Set of 4 is $160 + $30 shipping.

Below is a picture of a 6″ swiveling caster with brake ($45 each), 8″ rigid caster ($50 each), 4″ swiveling ($30 each), and a 6″ rigid caster ($35 each). All of these are heavy duty, and very heavy. My stock varies so contact me if you are interested. 602-322-1111, or use my Contact Form.
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2.5 inch caster with steel wheel – $100/set of 4
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3 inch caster set, 2 with brakes, great antique caster look – $100/set of 4
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4 inch threaded caster set with brakes – $100/set of 4
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5 inch threaded caster with brake – $120/set of 4
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