Well, 2015 is almost over. It's been a pretty busy year for cabinets, with the majority of the requests being for larger, custom cabinets. Lately I've
been tied up with other things, so I have fallen a bit behind in the builds I have underway. Hopefully that should clear up after the Christmas and
New Year Holidays are over.
One thing I am excited about is the possibility of offering a solution using drawers to store slabs. I recently built a custom cabinet with this new
configuration for a collector. (See "AF" on the GALLERY page towards the bottom of the page.) I have a few design refinements to make yet, but I
then hope to offer this as a custom offering / option.
And to those of you have purchased a cabinet from me this past year....or ever for that matter.....thank you !!!!
It's been relatively quiet these last few months. Most of the builds continue to be for fully custom cabinets or slightly customized versions of the
standard cabinets. The main special requests are for open format trays to display larger or unusually shaped items like medals or military awards.
One thing that I have been able to do is build up an on-hand supply of standard sized cabinets, both 12, 15, and 18 tray sizes. I currently have nine
completed cabinets on hand, and just a few weeks ago I was able to buy a beautiful batch of mahogany boards which will be enough for up to eleven
more cabinets or various capacities.....all I need now is the time to build them.
I now have the process finalized for building drawers to hold slabs. You can see several examples on the GALLERY page. Each drawer in a standard
sized cabinet will hold 30 slabs, arranged vertically, from any of the three main slabbing companies (NCG, PCGS, or ANACS). I will be updating the
website in the near future to offer these as a new style of cabinet.
Sometimes things just don't work out the way you thought they would. I had planned to use this update to announce my retirement after 38 years
in the IT industry.
This would have allowed me to dedicate much more time to building cabinets, trying new ideas I've been toying with, etc., etc., etc.. But alas, at
the last minute I changed my mind and have decided to give it one more year. So while I will still try some of my new ideas, it will just take a bit
longer. But otherwise, the status quo remains.
I currently have several standard cabinets in each tray capacity available, requiring only to drill the trays to your specifications.
And finally, I added 1.75" felts to the mix. This was the direct result of a return customer requesting a cabinet with this size for his silver dollars. He
mentioned that the 1.5" recesses, while they would hold a silver dollar, allowed practically no clearance on the sides of the coin to easily remove it.
Not being a dollar collector, I had never really noticed this. But the 1.75" recesses will allow plenty of room to easily access and remove a dollar
sized coin whenever desired.
Wow....it's been far too long between updates, but orders have continued to come in at a steady pace....again, mostly
for larger and customized tray layout cabinets.
One update I can report since last time is that I finally did retire from my former profession of 38 years at the end of
July. My leaving was somewhat accelerated due to a proposed reorganization which would have required me to spend
several months learning a new customer and their environment, only to then give my notice in three or four months so
as to leave at the end of the year as originally planned.
I plan to use my new found "freedom" to try some new designs and other items for displaying collections. It will also
reduce the length of time needed to complete orders as they are received, since I will now be able to work on them
during the week and no longer just on weekends