Category: bench

The holes are now patched and it’s the perfect…

The holes are now patched and it’s the perfect crime after it’s painted later today you’d never know it was open framed at the top!
#bench #gardenbench #metalwork #metal #industrialdesign #reclaimedmetal #woodseat #seat #etsy #etsyuk #etsyshop #handmade #bespoke #metalmachine #Hertford #hertfordshire #imadethis #imakestuff (at Hertford, Hertfordshire)

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When you make items, do you really care what people think of them? Or are you able to say things like ” Its as good as it’ll get and I’m sure they will love it!”

Wish i could!! I spend way too long worrying about it all. Wondering if what I’ve made is a good enough design or if its executed properly. Now don’t get me wrong I know when I’ve built something it will stay doing its job properly and it will be strong enough but I genuinely care what the customer thinks of their product. Remember its them that pay to keep you going in business.

For me making these items, whatever they are is important its not just another income stream (as its not in reality lol) its something i care about and i believe my customers see that!

If you just make things quickly, dash them off the phrase used to be then it will show in the work. My work is not perfect but it does two things: 1. It does what it is supposed to. 2. It looks as good as i can make it look.

Remember you are looking for customers for life not just a one off purchase. If you please people they will recommend you to their friends and slowly but surely your life will get busier. Always be realistic with time frame and budget as you will only end up in trouble trying to under cut the world. Price the job properly as people don’t buy on price they buy because of you!!

People don’t buy on price they buy because they trust you to do the best job you can and the money is well spent.! Do not try to be the cheapest try to be the best!! I have recapped on this because its the most important line i will write EVER!

I genuinely worried about this bench and table but as you can see it came out looking good. The most important thing is Kerry and Spencer and the girls are happy with it and even though the weather has been shocking they were using it when i popped round to say hello. That shows if nothing else that it functions and the customer is happy to use it!

Go out and build something today and care about how it looks like. It may not be what you think is good and nothing i make is perfect in my eyes but if you do not make things how will you know what you can achieve?

Happy new year and thanks for waiting for my blog to happen again! I will do a lot more blogs this year as i like writing and people seem to want to read it! If you have something you want me to write about leave a comment and ill build it into my plans!

The Bench The Table and the Anxiety!

When you make items, do you really care what people think of them? Or are you able to say things like “ Its as good as it’ll get and I’m sure they will love it!”

Garden Bench and table delivered to the client…

Garden Bench and table delivered to the client! Last job of the year.

#garden #gardenfurniture #gardenbench #bench #handmade #metalwork #woodwork #lastjoboftheyear #mig #welding #commission #longtimecoming #delivered

Stained now and almost ready for wax and then …

Stained now and almost ready for wax and then delivery on Saturday! Really hope the customers like it as it seems to have taken me months to do for some reason! Goes with the table as well. #bench #gardenfurniture #handmade #industrial #rustic #wood #metal #metalwork #outdoorfurniture #stain #wax #hardworkpaysoff #longtimecoming #mig #welding #handyman #commission

One of our garden arches, made a few years ag…

One of our garden arches, made a few years ago. #ironwork #gardendesign #rosearch #wysteria #garden #bench #secretgarden #handmade

My very first Industrial Garden Bench. All wor…

My very first Industrial Garden Bench. All work done by me yes even the wood! #bench #gardenbench #gardenseat #loveseat #commissionwork #mig #migwelding #metalworn #woodwork #handmade #steel #boxsection #treatedwood #reclaimedwood #industrial #industrialdesign #firstone #learning #gettingbetter

Illness is just plain boring. I was sat in bed thinking I can take this opportunity to think out all…

Illness is just plain boring. I was sat in bed thinking I can take this opportunity to think out all my blogs and make plans! Do you know what i actually did? Nothing i was just ill my brain was on fire and it was all bad! Now i am just left with the most annoying cough in the land! You cough all you want but nothing ever happens! Anyway before i get into the dos and do nots of illness let move back on to the topic of metalwork and providing you with insights and tips as well as seeing if i can make it relevant to life in general to!

I wanted to look at the topic of evolution. No not the animal kingdom but the way things you make often evolve from the design you had in mind, be it because what you thought of does not work or simply that you find a better, bolder, stronger and maybe easier way of doing things.

The bench I am making for my friends Kerry and Spencer. It started off as an industrial bench with two legs made from 40 x 40 x 3mm box section. This would have given a clean look in the industrial fashion but in reality when you are looking at something that is going to get a lot of use you have to be aware of the fact that it needs to be solid enough to take on two maybe three people! It also needs to be strong enough to have kids jumping all over it and not collapse after 10 minutes which sadly is what would have happened if i had left the design untouched!

As you can see from the pictures the bench looks great but it simply would not last! Obviously I am frustrated because I have this idea in my head which I cant move past right away! So i did what I always do in times of uncertainty. I send a whats app message to the guys I share the yard with and got their opinion. Usually there is some piss taking that goes on but they usually come up with a plan if i cant or support or shoot down a theory i have depending on how stupid i am being! Alex suggested side supports welded to the legs and then screwed to the wood. I wanted to stay with the clean lines but knew this would be the best way to move on. As i now had confirmation from someone i trust that the idea would work that is what i did!

There is a lesson here somewhere and it goes like this. Do not be afraid to deviate from your plan as if it’s not going to work there is no point in holding on to it. Also, if you have people around you that you can trust to give you good advice, make sure you run your new plans by them. You do not have to be alone in these things, seek advice where you can or even just confirmation of what you know as that way you will not have to keep making mistakes through lack of knowledge.

All the bench parts

With all the parts made and smoothed and ready for paint it wont be long now till its done!

Its all ready to go to paint and by that I mean I have to rattle can paint it which I hate as I am not good at it but i am learning. Ill do another bench blog to show you the end result, that way you can see what has taken me so long to create.

This also may give you an idea for something you might want built or want to build your self and if i can be of any help let me know.

Tomorrows blog is all about looking at products for Christmas as that is a time when everybody has half an eye on what would make a great present for great aunt Joyce. Lets see if i can get you thinking on what to get her. Have a look at my Etsy shop and you can see what i sell at this time of year! Click me!

I Left You For A Time But I Am Back Now Building Benches!

Illness is just plain boring. I was sat in bed thinking I can take this opportunity to think out all my blogs and make plans!

All bench parts welded sorted and ready for paint! Im excited…

All bench parts welded sorted and ready for paint! Im excited for my friends to take possession of this as its the first one ive made and ive loved every minute! #bench #metalwork #migwelding #mig #weldeverydamnday #handmade #metalfab #gardenbench #loveseat #wood #steel #workshop #etsyshop #etsyseller #etsyuk #reclaimedwood

Problem solved its now as strong as i could want and will last a…

Problem solved its now as strong as i could want and will last a long time. Its weather treated wood to so a smooth and a wax and im there! #bench #gallowsbrackets #handmade #problemsolving #stong #longlasting #steel #workshop #saturday #metalwork #metalfab #metal #etsy #etsyseller #etsyuk #mig #migwelding #weldeverydamnday #weld

I guess thats an industrial bench!? Now to sand it wax it and…

I guess thats an industrial bench!? Now to sand it wax it and build a little table to go with it. #furniture #industrial #handmade #steel #metalwork #woodwork #bench #gardenbench #loveseat