forgive me if this has been spoken of before, but due to the current global situation I feel the need to give my input wherever I feel it can go to good use. That being said…
from my observation, it seems that a fair bunch of us are Actively trying to sell our woodworking (as in, we don’t have the demand all you guys making $$ out there don’t have time to even talk about)...there’s been a recent Surge in project postings (which is Always good IMO, even tho it makes for even less views per project), so many times people won’t even know if an item is for sale or it usually involves some pm’s between individuals. I think if there were a subcategory (or even a new one itself) for member items for sale (strictly woodworking pieces, i looked in the other forum we have and it’s all mixed of services/tools/etc) it would highly encourage sales. For example, we all have xmas shopping to do, and I think each one of us specializes in different ways…if you could scroll down a list with pictures (like in the projects, except knowing every item is one for sale) it would encourage us to be our own supportive community, much as it is now but hopefully adding to it a financial aspect (which is hurting most of us right now I would imagine). People would always have somewhere to help with their overheads when they make production runs, and I’m sure it would encourage a demand as I know there are many tasks involved in certain items that i either can not or would rather not do, especially if the price range is decent and it’s supporting our fine woodworking community.
another idea stemming from that was either a new forum area, or even a sister website (like the garden/home refurb) called LumberJobs. Subcategories would be commercial/residential private/public jobs that people would post (I remember someone starting a thread recently about ww’ing jobs), and two other subsections of offered/wanted services (strictly woodworking…a couple posts in the forum we have reminded me of this, as well as the multiple discussion threads on who needs/wants our services ‘n what items, but they are all separate and do not aid well in job creation imo…also have seen a couple projects recently where people asked “who can make me a few of those at a decent price” so i think if there were a consolidated area to post/inquire about “outsourcing” parts of our projects or mini-projects to each other we would increase p2p networking)
sorry if I rambled more than I needed to, it all started with me trying to repost my serving tray (http://lumberjocks.com/projects/16395) for sale, again. After many months on Etsy unsuccessful, as well as craigslist. I know having a site/card/and traditional networking will definitely benefit in the future, but for lowest overhead/quickest to get off the ground I think we could produce something here more beneficial to more of us than etsy or craigslist (maybe after it was established LJ could even take a small rake to help things keep goin). just my .02 cents, what do yall think?
p.s. BTW if you liked my idea (and my tray), and want to start supporting it, I was only trying to get $40 for it. It can be disassembled for cheapest shipping even =] PM me if you’re interested! the situation for me is Not good out here in SoCal