Starting My Business #1: Building up Inventory

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Blog entry by ChrisCrafts posted 05-03-2011 09:57 AM 3414 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s 12:30 AM and I am up with my 9 year old who has his very first experience with the stomach flu. Poor kid has only missed 3 days of school in his life. When he called today and asked to come home I was out the door in 30 seconds. I figured if he was asking to come home it must be something serious.

Alright so here we go!

After finally getting my Shop up and running it is time to see if I can pay for my hobby by selling the stuff I make.

I have registered the website and have purchased a basic commerce site template from If things go well my neighbor is going to build me a kick ass website. He is just finishing up his degree in Digital Media and is building his portfolio. Will end up being a…... Yep Win-Win. He also has a full photo studio setup and has offered to photograph all my projects.

So next thing I need is some inventory to fill up my website. To start with this site is going to be a place for locals to see my products and select the product they want. I have access to a large group of affluent clientel and really just need a place for them to go to and pick out what they want. This will also give me a place to capture their contact information for my newsletter.

First products are going to be Cutting Boards and Utilitarian Bowls. They are both low cost and extremely popular items. I constantly have people asking me to purchase both but haven’t had the inventory to keep up with the demand. But that is about to change!

I purchased a bunch of rough Hard Maple last summer and still had 30 bf left. I hit my local hardwood supplier last week and picked up 12 bf each of walnut, Jatoba, & Purple Heart.

Today I finished up the 5 cutting boards I have been working on and finally got a chance to start preparing the stock for my next batch. I am not sure how many cutting boards I will get out of 60 BF of lumber but I am guessing it’s more than 5. The Maple sucks though, I will probably only get between 70%-80% usable wood out of it.

He he he I got to go to town on my Olicer 8” Jointer! I decided to use the HSS knives for this project to save wear on my brand new Helix head cutter that will be arriving within a few days. Found a steal on eBay and got the Shelix cutter head for only $175 brand new!!! Factory price is $340 so I made out like a bandit!

Here are some picture of what my shop looks like now. The boards standing on end are Ash & Poplar for a Bookcase and Blanket chest I am also building.

Here is view of just the cutting board wood, they are cut into 3 foot lengths

I also unloaded some more wood for turning. So far I have Ash, Sycamore, Walnut, Cheery, Maple, and Oak logs drying out in the yard. My lovely wife absolutely loves that she has lost her garage and her back yard is now storage for random logs! This is only a portion of what I have gathered over the past few months. I gave away two full size truckloads to a family we know that needs to heat their home next winter far more than I need to make bowls. 90% of firewood around here is fir so two truckloads of hardwoods is a real treat.

There is half an Ash tree off to the left but not in the picture.

And finally a picture of Grady, our Boston Terrier. He is always prepared for game of chase to break out. He didn’t like that I took the picture instead of playing with him. He gets annoyed if anyone does anything other than giving him some love!

Thanks for checking out my Blog. I hope some of you will be able to follow along with my progress!

Chris Coming Soon to an Interweb near you!!!!

-- Chris, Washington The State!

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#1 posted 05-03-2011 02:42 PM

Good luck on everything.

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#2 posted 05-03-2011 02:46 PM

Excellent start. I’m looking forward to seeing your site and finished products.

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#3 posted 05-03-2011 11:42 PM

I see Gray guarding that valuable lumber!

I also some striped boards in the first picture under those gloves.

Well get those finish products and the web site ready. It looks like you have a good plan.

Good luck!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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