Found a niche....

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Project by Chris posted 09-03-2014 11:45 PM 2664 views 13 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found a scroll saw niche. I retired to Lake Gaston and made a serving tray showing our location on the lake. I have made 5 dozen + for other lake dwellers. Pic #2 is Lake just west of us. Pix #3 is a lake in Canada. Pic #4 is ocean town in NC. Pic #5 is for a local church who saw lake tray. Pic #6 is a lake in CO. I use the cutouts of the lakes for other pieces (like clock in #6). I display at a local winery and do two craft shows each year. While I enjoy the reaction of customers and keep busy with these orders…I don’t have time to do what I want to do! I guess I should not complain. The orders keep my slush fund for golf, flying and wood flush….

-- Chris, Virginia

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#1 posted 09-03-2014 11:56 PM

That’s some really great work. Thanks for letting us see it

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 09-04-2014 12:33 AM

Nice niche there Chris! I can see these being popular at our local Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees! How big are the trays? Lots of detail. Thanks for sharing!

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 09-04-2014 12:42 AM

I like these a lot. Great job

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#4 posted 09-04-2014 01:24 AM

Awesome idea! I wouldn’t have the patience!

What kind of flying do you do?

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#5 posted 09-04-2014 02:42 AM

Very cool looking!

-- Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#6 posted 09-04-2014 02:51 AM

Very nice! I’m in the process of making one for Sanibel Island.

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#7 posted 09-04-2014 11:56 AM

Good job! Whatever it takes to keep the slush fund!

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#8 posted 09-04-2014 12:17 PM

Great job in finding a way to help pay for habits! These are very cool!

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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#9 posted 09-04-2014 12:26 PM

Great idea.
Nice work.

-- Gary, Florida.

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#10 posted 09-04-2014 04:48 PM

This is Very Cool!! Nice Job!

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#11 posted 09-04-2014 07:58 PM

I think thats one of the coolest ideas I’ve ever seen here.

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#12 posted 09-04-2014 10:29 PM

Very cool, but one correction, Devils Lake is in North Dakota, so almost Canada, but not quite.

-- Dave, from ND "The mind is an infinitely long workbench, and its cluttered with half-finished thoughts and ideas, sometimes we need to clear off the workbench and start again from step one."

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#13 posted 09-04-2014 10:33 PM

That is really cool. Great idea and great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#14 posted 09-05-2014 12:30 AM

Very genius of you. What is the blue stuff?


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#15 posted 09-05-2014 09:22 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments! Mr Jinx, the “blue stuff” is just Baltic birch with blue spray paint. Patrol Group, Devil Lake is in eastern Ontario (near Perth). Cfrye, the trays are @ 12” x 21”. I like using 1/2” red oak for the frames and I use 1/8” acrylic rather than glass. People seem to enjoy them because they are customized for their location.

-- Chris, Virginia

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