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Monotonous + Production = Productive Use Of Time

Monotonous + Production = Productive Use Of Time

One of my favorite things about building custom furniture is the journey. I enjoy the creative process of figuring out the design and collaborating with my customers. Once the main design is done, figure out the details, how I will join the different pieces, and the best processes to use for the construction. Each piece of furniture is unique in its own right, resulting in a new journey. It is truly exciting to see a one-of-a-kind furniture project come together.

However, it is not all excitement every day in the shop. There are days of monotonous sanding and cutting the same parts out repeatedly. These monotonous tasks can become dangerous as the mind wanders and starts thinking about other things as I wield sharp tools around.
Unfortunately, monotonous tasks are necessary to complete many projects. The grid work for the custom doors on the sideboard I made recently is a great example.
Many times, these tasks are to fill shop time. When work slows down or if a project is held up, I still need to keep my income coming in to pay the bills. This is when I gear up for some production work and build various things to sell at consignment shops or for some fast cash at a weekend craft bazaar.

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The latest production run is for some decorative wood boxes.
These boxes are made from some flooring that was reclaimed. The lids are made from scrap wood from the various pieces of furniture I have made recently.
I made 20 of them in all.

In the rough stage, waiting to be sanded and finished.

Here is how you can learn more about my custom boxes and where they are available.

I’m the owner of Benham Design Concepts, a mixed media art studio where I design and build custom furniture and other works of art using wood, glass, stone, and various metals.
In this blog, I talk about the art I create, my journey, and the things I learn along the way.