another 2x4 project series wheel barrel planters

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Blog entry by hobby1 posted 05-14-2013 01:58 AM 2798 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another project in the what to make in the 2×4 series.

I wanted to make some rustic wheel barrel flower planters, miniature size, to sell, I sold them for $10.00 the cost of lumber was around $2.00 so I was able to make a profit on them.

The money savings was they are made from 2×4’s again.

The reason I sold them cheaply, was as long as I can my money back on material cost, then the rest is just the fun of the challenge to build this using my new bench top bandsaw to see how well it worked for making compound curved cuts.

have fun in the shop…

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Don Broussard

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#1 posted 05-14-2013 02:43 AM

Nice looking planters there, hobby! Methinks the buyers are getting a REALLY good deal at $10 a pop. I’m thinking you could get quite a bit more for those and get even more tubafores for more projects.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#2 posted 05-14-2013 08:23 AM

Very nice result. I do think $10 is like giving it away. You have done some wonderful work and designing on this and I think in this case the cost of the materials doesn’t matter much, but your work sure does. Just saying.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 05-14-2013 12:45 PM

Don, and Mike,
I know the price is a give away of the work put into them, but I couldn’t sell one at a consignment shop, for $25, I knew then that it wasn’t competing enough to sell them at consignment shops, mainly due to the economy, so I sold them to friends of the family, and gave them the price break, , and to 2 dealers who buy to resell,I needed to move them out of my shop, I only sold 4 of the 6 I made the other 2 are in our yard.

Thanks again for the nice complemments.

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#4 posted 05-14-2013 01:12 PM

This is very quaint and has a lot of character. I like it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 05-14-2013 01:48 PM

Thankyou, Charles

By the way you have a nice website, I always see the link but never thought to click on it ,till today,
you do beautiful work with your wood carvings.
Thanks for sharing..

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#6 posted 05-14-2013 01:49 PM

I’ll take four at that price
send them along..


-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#7 posted 05-14-2013 03:23 PM

Hi Bruce,
yeh, I know, but the way the economy is right now, stuff like this is hard to sell in consignment shops,
as long as I was able to recover material costs, then I was able to move them out of my shop.

But it was an oppurtunity to build up some new techniques, and hone some new woodworking skills.


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#8 posted 05-15-2013 12:12 AM

I like the way you think. The joy of making things is my motivation. So if I can make something, use my favorite tools, learn a little through the project… Then I’m good. Selling it and making a little profit so I can buy more material and make more sawdust…: that’s a very nice added bonus.

Gotta feed the addiction somehow. :)

Great looking project.

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#9 posted 05-15-2013 02:28 AM

Thanks Angie,

The desire to design and build, needs to have an avenue, where you can produce a project, and get a return on it covering the costs of materials and electricity, and so sometimes it means to offer projects at a price that people could not refuse.

They may not be paying for the workmanship, but they will buy on the premises of having the satisfaction that they got it at a bargain, the ridiculous low cost, may be the selling point, that causes people to buy these projects.

So as long as I can get the cost of production low enough to get a full return, then I can enjoy the hobby for free.

Because when you think of it, you can only build so much to put in your own yard, or house, before you run out of room, so this way you get to build for free, (as long as cost is returned), and get to experiment and play around with all kinds of unique designs.

And the more designs you can build with recycled lumber, the material cost can go down considerably, which makes all this even more possible.

That’s why if I can’t get scrap lumber, for a project, I turn to using 2×4’s, at least there still less expensive than 3/4” S4S boards.

Thanks again for the nice complement.

Have fun in the shop….

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