One man's firewood is another man's.......

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Project by Tennessee posted 12-08-2015 10:19 PM 1185 views 8 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I buy some of my lumber from a mill deep in the Smokies. He sometimes has cutoffs that lay around his saw, and I pick them up and he gives them to me for nothing, perplexed as to why. I also like his walnut when he has heartwood and sapwood mixed. Cheaper and more exciting to me.

This is why. What would be nothing more than a bad piece of firewood to most woodworkers is a golf club hat rack to me.
I’ve put two similar to this on Etsy, warped and with somewhat of a raw edge, good for nothing in most shops. I add four or five golf club heads, (picked up for a dollar or less apiece at garage sales), and I turn it into a $40 golf club hat rack.
I’ve sold two small ones for $32 apiece with just four clubs on them in the last month. This one will go off at $40, in my shop on Etsy tomorrow. Takes about 60-90 minutes to sand it, put in the clubs, and rattle can it with lacquer.

Got a scrap piece you think should burn? Maybe rethink that…
As always, fellow LJer’s, copy it if you want!

-- Paul, Tennessee,

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#1 posted 12-08-2015 11:38 PM


No figure is generally boring? Ive found interesting figure in plywood. Add to that the patina that occurs as it ages outdoors?

Free is good! LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 12-09-2015 12:01 AM

One of these days your sawmill guy is gonna figure out how much you’re making from his “trash” ...

Love this ! Looks great and I’m not even a golfer :-)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#3 posted 12-09-2015 11:33 AM

How do you attach the heads?

-- JJ, Ohio

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#4 posted 12-09-2015 12:22 PM

Double J:
I knew someone would ask that.

I cut the shafts off at 3/4” from the head, or a little more. If there is a plastic ferrule that looks good sometimes I leave it on and cut the shaft a little over 3/4” past that ferrule. Lately I have been cutting the ferrules off since it leaves the club too far from the wood, but on some old drivers the whipping, (wound thread that was used to help keep the head on the shaft), should be left on.

I sand or grind the raw edge of the shaft until it is flat and has a sharp edge.

I then touch the 3/4” shaft sides to the edge of my grinding wheel, putting in marks in at least four places, grind marks to help the shafts grab the epoxy.

Then I put a 3/4” deep hole in the wood. I check each shaft in one of those drill hole gauges. Older clubs, the shaft sizes varied a lot. If the shaft is 3/8”, I drop down at least one 64th, usually a 32nd” in picking out a drill bit. So if the shaft fits the 3/8” hole, I will pick out a 11/32” drill. I have a wood bit set that is in 64ths. HF has them cheap.

Then I drill the smaller hole exactly 3/4” deep. Most of my bits are marked with magic marker. Obviously, you must have wood that is at least 7/8” thick. I have put drill tip holes in the back. If that happens, I put on blue tape to hold the epoxy after insertion of the club.

Then I mix up enough epoxy usually to do two or three holes at a shot. I put enough in the hole to fill it at least 3/4 filled by letting it drop off a flat bladed screwdriver I designated as my “epoxy mixer”. Then I put a little on the shaft sides.

Obviously the shaft is not going to drop right in, and you don’t want it to. By pushing the shaft down into the hole, you actually carve a little of the wall of the hole away with the sharpened shaft end. The result is a shaft that is firmly in the hole, and a tiny part of the epoxy might come out and puddle around the shaft. That is fine, it will disappear to the eye when you put on stain or lacquer.

After about four hours, (usually I leave them overnight to make sure they are rock solid), you have a club where you will break the wood away before the club would come out.

I use Locktite 3500PSI two part, sold in the four oz. bottles in that two bottle set. I like the slow set time, and the strength is great.

I have one of these racks behind my back door, and we have hung winter. summer and leather motorcycle coats and jackets on it for two years now, sometimes up to ten coats on five clubs. To date, not one club has loosened. Solid as a rock.

-- Paul, Tennessee,

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#5 posted 12-09-2015 03:40 PM

This is awesome. I always feel like I am late to the party. I thought I had a totally original idea yesterday of cutting off golf club heads and putting them into some live edge walnut and selling them as coat racks. I put a line out on some facebook groups and found a full set of clubs for 10 bucks. I told the lady what I was thinking about doing, and she informed me they were huge on pinterest. Damn the luck, but either way, $10 set of clubs+ scrap wood+ epoxy+ spray lacquer= killer profit.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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#6 posted 12-09-2015 05:37 PM

Ha HA ! Remembered this quote I had saved in my files. It applies here :-)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#7 posted 12-09-2015 05:53 PM

Even though it is not a “new” idea; it is a good idea!

Very nicely done also!

Many of us will be trying your “finally a good use” for those irritating thins!

-- just rjR

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#8 posted 12-09-2015 09:41 PM

The trick to this, as with most of these ideas, is to have a place to sell them.
I am lucky enough to have my guitar business and I inserted a page for golf club hat racks and other things on that page. Although it is not the main object of the website, people often find it and buy off that page. They have to email or call me for an order.

The other place I use is Etsy. This seemed like a natural for Etsy.
As I said in another post, when I went on, I sold one rack in the first month on Etsy. I thought that was a bit ho-hum but stayed the course.
About the sixth week, a guy actually called me from New York and said he was putting up an indoor golf simulator/driving range, and could I sell him six racks, two for each hitting area? I gave him a great price for six and off I went.

Since then, I have sold another three off Etsy, and three more from my website.
So total, 13 since October 1st. Not too bad for 70 days…
My gallery sold about six of them this year. I sold two-three by myself during the year from people just asking me about them.
So easily over 20 of these things this year, with no fairs, no festivals, no selling on my part in essence.
Nice adder to my shop. And not every one is distressed. Here is a picture of one where a couple lives on a hole on a course in Ft. Myers, Florida. They wanted one to celebrate their retirement in this wonderful new home.

-- Paul, Tennessee,

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#9 posted 12-11-2015 08:22 PM

Now that would be the Only Good thing I could do with a Golf club. I have seen a lot of different types of these and they seem to pretty popular if you can get around a Golf community.

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#10 posted 12-15-2015 06:39 PM

I think it’s cool looking. As, just another, wood worker I almost think it a little to low on price. Just a thought.

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#11 posted 12-29-2015 01:06 PM

Maybe so, Jones. It sold three days after I posted. But then, I sold almost two dozen golf club hat racks in a ten day period in December, so Christmas had a lot to do with it.

-- Paul, Tennessee,

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