My wife will be traveling out to San Diego in the middle of November to participate in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure walk.
In order to be an entrant, she has to raise several thousand dollars through donations. One of her coworkers is planning a fundraising event to be held at a local restaurant sometime next month. There will be an auction at the event, with all the proceeds going directly to the walkathon.
I would like to build a few things that can be auctioned-off to help raise some money for my wife’s entrance fee for the Walk.
I am thinking about making maybe 3-5 items, depending on what they are.
My question is, especially to those of you that have participated in charity events, what do you think would be the best items to make, in order to garner the most interest in them? I’m not necessarily going to make any large, expensive pieces. I don’t really have enough time to be building furniture right now.
I am thinking about simple little items that don’t require that much material, and that would be relatively easy to make since there are more things that I have not yet attempted to make, than things that I have made.
I don’t mind trying something new, but things I’ve made include things like candleholders and cutting boards. I’ve already started one cutting board with curly maple, cherry, and walnut. Just a basic cutting board/cheese board/whatever you want to call it. Not end grain… nice and easy and fast. Candleholders are also obviously easy, not only to make, but to make different designs of as well. Wine bottle balancers are also something I’ve wanted to try and that would be easy. I’d even include a bottle of wine maybe.
I guess I should also mention the wood I currently have on-hand. All of the wood I currently have is 4/4 and ranges between 13/16-15/16” thick. I have a fair amount of all of these, more than enough to make several different projects for this event, even if I used all of the same species for all of the projects:
Walnut, Curly Maple, Cherry, Poplar, (and maybe 1-2BF of 5/4 hard maple left over from the end grain cutting board I made before). I might also be picking up a bit of 4/4 mahogany for a future project, and I’ll more than likely pick up a bit of it, so I should have some extra laying around.
Thanks for your insight and input here.
This will be a new blog series.
-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."