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Blog entry by Chris Cunanan posted 1601 days ago 890 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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



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Blake

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#1 posted 1600 days ago

Its been discussed many times before. And there are many different opinions… here’s mine:

Your audience at Lumberjocks is other woodworkers. Its not really the right place to try to market woodworking anyway. And we are pretty much here to discuss woodworking and encourage each other. I don’t care if you mention that something is for sale, but don’t make that the REASON you post… PLEASE.

Like you said, there are ALREADY other websites dedicated to selling handmade items (Etsy, your own website, etc.) I don’t mean to be harsh, but if your product is not selling there, what makes you think it will sell on a website for woodworkers anyway?

I personally disagree with this idea because I want to look at projects here without a sales pitch.

So I encourage you to keep posting here, and use this website to network with other woodworkers to learn how to successfully market your products. You will find a wealth of information and all you have to do is ask.

By the way your projects are nice. But I clicked on the link to your Etsy account and on every item it said “Does not exist.”

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 1600 days ago

It sounds like a good Idea but Blake has a good point about just posting to sell. I see people post to sell equipment fairly frequently so I don’t know what the difference would be if you sell you projects also
I don’t know if there’s a real market or not because as woodworkers how many times have you seen a product and said I can make that!

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Chris Cunanan

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#3 posted 1600 days ago

blake – my idea would change nothing for you, you just wouldn’t go to that section! =]. I will try to re-list with better luck hopefully…but going along what you guys said, for example my serving tray, a lot of people don’t have a lathe or even ones that do can realize that $40 might be cheaper than what their time is worth (i hope so at least!) where as “normal” buyers cannot appreciate the work gone into something even as simple as that, which I know both of you are aware of.

jim – i Really think when members here do things in batches, they would be available at very attractive prices, and would be something different than you would find elsewhere.

thanks for your input guys, really appreciate it. I think I had taken into account the points you’ve made beforehand though, and still really think this would/could help a lot of people here even more so than this site already does! I’ve received quite a few pm’s asking about sales, and know there are many others in similar situations as myself. Would it hurt/is it that hard to try it?

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Chris Cunanan

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#4 posted 1600 days ago

oh ‘n thanks for the thumbs up prairiefire…i think you have a perfect example for what i’m talking about with that jungle jim project of yours. You might not have too much motivation to produce them for sale (especially if you have to make a whole website, spend lots more time/$, eating away at the possibility of a profitable/feasible product), but if you just wrote a little paragraph and linked to the project, i’m almost positive at some point people would buy kits from you, and i’m sure many would buy the plans out of curiosity even. just thinking out loud! go easy on me guys =]

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