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Podcast: Making the Coffee with Mike at Coffey Custom Builds


April 19, 2022 | Bill Esler

In each episode, your host, woodworker Ethan Abramson, talks to your favorite furniture makers and woodworking professionals to give you a look at the business behind the furniture and cabinetry business.

In this episode, Abramson sits down with Mike Coffey, owner of the Northern California-based furniture company Coffey Custom Builds.

Listen in as woodworker Ethan Abramson interviews Mike Coffey at Coffey Custom Builds, a custom furniture firm based in El Dorado, CA.

Now Mike is somewhat of an outlier in the furniture business. He got into it because, hold for dramatic pause, he actually likes the business side of the industry.

So many times we hear about people who love to make the furniture and then have to learn the business side once they get going, but Mike is the opposite. Yes, he loves the woodworking side as you will hear, but he is someone who had their business plan in place and then started to learn the furniture trade as a secondary step.

Follow along as I talk with Mike about what attracted him to the business side of furniture making, his views on customer service, and project organization, when to buy new tools, and much more.

In addition to custom furniture, Coffey also sells woodworking templates and unique add-ons for tools, such as a large-size acrylic base plate for DeWalt trim routers, or this zero-clearance insert for Festool Kapex saws, available in walnut (recommended), or white oak, maple, walnut, sapele or cherry.

A zero-clearance insert for Festool Kapex saws is available in walnut (recommended), or white oak, maple, walnut, sapele or cherry

You can meet Ethan Abramson and some of the woodworkers featured in his podcast, including Mike Coffey, at the IWF Woodworking Influencers Lounge (Booth A10620) sponsored by Shaper Tools, and located adjacent to the IWF Network News (Booth A10618).


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