Party Caddy

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Project by Pete Santos posted 10-14-2007 06:44 AM 5143 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Been busy over the summer. Got a bit more serious with my woodworking hobby and started building my woodshop up. I got a lot of requests to purchase the coconut shredders that I make and I decided that I wanted to add carvings. I knew that I couldn’t turn out stuff quick enough by hand and everything I ever carved by hand, I did not want to part with anyways.

So I figured I’ll get me a compucarve from Sears that way I could add carving to pieces and not feel so sentimental about selling them. When I was doing the research on the compucarve I was impressed but I was blown away when I stumbled on this thing called a laser engraver.

After I got the most expensive toy I’ve ever had ($17,000.00 – it belongs to me and my bank, ha ha ha!) I decided that I had to find a way to make it pay for itself. I’m still playing with the thing and learning new stuff every day and having a blast.

My wife and I got ourselves a business license and we have done very well selling at special events and through our online store.

This is a party caddy made with mahogany with bamboo used for the cradle that holds the plates. “Hafa Adai” is the Guamanian equivalent of “Aloha”

It is the first model and will continue to evolve. I use screws for now instead of any other type of jointery because the demand is too great for me to do anything more elaborate (and I don’t yet own a Festool Domino). Also, these things get lugged around quite a bit by the customer so the joints need to be durable and stand up to abuse.

-- Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and love.

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#1 posted 10-14-2007 06:48 AM

Wow. What a machine. The output is great though. I always liked Guam. I used to fly through there very often when I was in the Air Force.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 10-14-2007 01:04 PM

great project
.. unbelievable toy.. I mean investment!!!
and congrats re: business venture.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 10-14-2007 05:53 PM

beautiful products!!! what is a Latte Stone? Is this an item important to island culture? I teach on the mainland and once in a while have students from Guam…they always miss home…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Pete Santos

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#4 posted 10-14-2007 06:42 PM

Thanks Wayne, Debbie, & Napaman.

A Latte Stone (pronounced lattie, unlike the coffe drink) is unique to Guam and the Mariana Islands chain. Our homes were built on rows of them. Some were as tall as 15 feet and extremely large. most were about 6 feet tall and some as low as 4 feet tall. It is a very important cultural symbol. It is on the flag of the island of Saipan, our cousins to the north.

You can see a picture on my website of a “Guma’ Uritao” or special long house where the adolescent males were taught the skills to transition onto manhood.

-- Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and love.

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#5 posted 10-14-2007 06:46 PM

Good luck on your new business. A great job and design.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#6 posted 10-15-2007 04:03 PM

Looks good! Good luck with the business.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 10-23-2007 04:58 AM

Very nice man! My dad has made a few projects similar to this for fiestas and other family parties. I like your design because it holds everything you need in one package.

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