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Blog entry by Monte Pittman posted 688 days ago 970 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For the most part I am here to get orders for furniture & other stuff. The stuff I sell directly out of the booth I always hope will pay for the booth itself. Yesterday was the single biggest day I have had. Sold enough out of booth to pay fee for the entire week. Please understand this is not massive riches, but it does make me feel like I am going in the right direction.

I added a couple pictures of today’s ash bench. These are the last slabs I have from this tree.

OK, this probably won’t be believed, but while I was typing this a lady came by and bought it. Man I really loved that tree. LOL! :-)

Thanks for looking

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability



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crashn

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#1 posted 688 days ago

out of curiosity, what does a bench like that sell for?

Very nice bench BTW

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 688 days ago

This is South Dakota, I get $175-$200. On line or bigger metro areas it would be 2-3 times that.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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crashn

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#3 posted 688 days ago

Thanks for the very quick response. I have some walnut with live edge that I was considering making a similar bench out of. If I were to sell it, I was wondering the price neighborhood, which you have answered handsomely.

Congrats on the increase in sales. I would gladly pay $200 for that bench :) Nice work.

How are the legs and supports attached? Mortise and tenon? butt joint? other?

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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clieb91

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#4 posted 688 days ago

Monte, congrats on a good fair week. All the benches look awesome.I will agree, I can certainly see that bench selling in my area (Northern Virginia) for at least $400-$500.
Hope the rest of the week continues to go well for ya.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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Grumpymike

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#5 posted 688 days ago

Hi Monte,
Last year I saw some benches very simular to yours made of red cedar selling in Missouri for $450 and up.
Ash is a very expensive wood, I’ll bet you have a waiting line for your products :)
Congrats on the sales at the fair, I hope you get enough orders to keep you in the shop all winter.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it.

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Roger

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#6 posted 688 days ago

Sounds like you’re doing good there Monte.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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gfadvm

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#7 posted 688 days ago

Congrats on the sales! That ash tree has been good to you. Looks like you will be busy with orders for the forseeable future (a good thing). I think you are selling too cheap (but you are selling!)

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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jjw5858

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#8 posted 688 days ago

Great Monte, nice to hear a talented artisan is getting paid for their talents. Great work!

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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inchanga

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#9 posted 688 days ago

Looks like a labour of love and a fine piece of work. How do you secure the legs to the top and do you put a bracing piece anywhere to reinforce the joint. Great product, great value…

-- chris, north wales http://salemchapelfurniture.co.uk/

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Monte Pittman

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#10 posted 688 days ago

12 screws in each leg with plug tops.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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