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buddyb

Behind the Robert James bench.
« on: December 13, 2020, 05:05:39 PM »

So I thought I would create a new topic and try and regularly post what I am up to and what is happening in the workshop. I would also like to try and make it a place where questions can be asked as well.

We shall see where this goes.

But to kick things off, I shall start with the following for those who haven't yet seen it, the promo video I recently created.

https://youtu.be/Erv444RZA54

(I will look to take photos of the bat's I am currently working on during the week)

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Re: Behind the Robert James bench.
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2020, 05:39:30 PM »

Top work RJ 👏
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Re: Behind the Robert James bench.
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2020, 05:59:14 PM »

Great video. A very enjoyable watch. Thank you!
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Re: Behind the Robert James bench.
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2020, 08:10:34 PM »

Top video mate and a lovely set up you have going on. Will certainly look to pay a visit one day.

Chris
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Re: Behind the Robert James bench.
« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2020, 10:55:17 PM »

Lovely video. Find it quite satisfying to watch that process even sped up!
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Re: Behind the Robert James bench.
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2020, 09:53:10 PM »

Top video mate and a lovely set up you have going on. Will certainly look to pay a visit one day.

Chris

More than welcome to visit 👍
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Re: Behind the Robert James bench.
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2020, 10:04:16 PM »

So a little update as been meaning to do a post the last couple of days. Since the last post, I have made and sent out over 50 bats (some of these for other brands as blank). As people are aware, I do a lot of bats for other brands to their design, specs and shapes without you really knowing. I will never name who they are but you may already be using one, or know someone who is. You would probably be shocked how many I make for.

However this weekend, I finished a few more of the Christmas backlog orders, and getting them ready to go out today.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CJEgDHEB6V1/?igshid=1unzn8tjnajp7

In January, I will be starting to organise the workshop a bit more with the arrival of new machines and preparing clefts for pro bats.
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Re: Behind the Robert James bench.
« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2020, 08:18:54 AM »

So a little update as been meaning to do a post the last couple of days. Since the last post, I have made and sent out over 50 bats (some of these for other brands as blank). As people are aware, I do a lot of bats for other brands to their design, specs and shapes without you really knowing. I will never name who they are but you may already be using one, or know someone who is. You would probably be shocked how many I make for.

However this weekend, I finished a few more of the Christmas backlog orders, and getting them ready to go out today.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CJEgDHEB6V1/?igshid=1unzn8tjnajp7

In January, I will be starting to organise the workshop a bit more with the arrival of new machines and preparing clefts for pro bats.

Hi RJ,

I have a question that I have always wondered regarding brands that make for other brands.

How do you prioritise your orders/workload? By this I mean you obviously have an order from X brand for a number of bats but what happens if you then get a number of orders for your own RJ bats, which I presume must take preference, are you allowed to drop everything and make those to satisfy your customers?
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Re: Behind the Robert James bench.
« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2020, 08:47:42 AM »

Hi RJ,

I have a question that I have always wondered regarding brands that make for other brands.

How do you prioritise your orders/workload? By this I mean you obviously have an order from X brand for a number of bats but what happens if you then get a number of orders for your own RJ bats, which I presume must take preference, are you allowed to drop everything and make those to satisfy your customers?

My stuff naturally is a priority, but I work on a next order on the list basis, which I think is the fairest way. The majority of blank bats I send is a generic shape which I will tweak according to their shape, which I have a load pre made pretty much ready to go and then make up the ones I don't have. But it has happened in the past where I've had about 100 bats from a couple of brands come in all at the same time. It happened after the first lockdown. Everyone cancelled their orders because they didn't want to pay out (which is expected due to the uncertainty at the time), as soon as the government announced cricket was safe to play, within 24hrs I had people chasing me for thier orders.  The only priority customers I guess are pro orders, as I may have to turn them around in a couple of days, if they have broken some or going out on tour.
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Re: Behind the Robert James bench.
« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2020, 07:33:03 PM »

Love the video mate. A set up to aspire to!
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Re: Behind the Robert James bench.
« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2020, 10:25:27 PM »

Love the video mate. A set up to aspire to!

Cheers. 👍 It's constantly changing and always bringing in new machines. I probably have too many, but trying to get it to the level where one machine does one job.
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Re: Behind the Robert James bench.
« Reply #11 on: December 23, 2020, 10:49:04 PM »

Great video!
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Re: Behind the Robert James bench.
« Reply #12 on: December 24, 2020, 01:53:46 AM »

This is so interesting, @buddyb! How long does it actually take to make one bat? Great video.
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Re: Behind the Robert James bench.
« Reply #13 on: December 24, 2020, 09:29:22 AM »

This is so interesting, @buddyb! How long does it actually take to make one bat? Great video.

It probably takes about an hour and a half to 2hrws per bat from a raw cleft all the way through the production stages
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Re: Behind the Robert James bench.
« Reply #14 on: December 28, 2020, 05:49:41 PM »

Hope everyone had a good Christmas. Took a little trip to the workshop today to drop a few bits of and to take a few measurements for a couple of new jigs I am making up. Couldn't resist the urge to quickly shape this one up, in a new profile I have been working on for another brand.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CJWYwuMhKjC/?igshid=nn465zq8coqr

Let me know your thoughts.
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