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Project by sweetsawdust posted 04-07-2014 04:48 AM 696 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Most of the toys that I make have some historical significance or take at least a modicum of skill and ingenuity to produce I got involved in this one quite by accident. Had a customer at a show who wanted rubber band guns for their shop. I explained to them that is was not a product that I made and they left. A week later I get an order for 50 of them and then a second order from another shop for 20. Both customers insisted that the product could not retail for more then $10 and the lower the better. Both wanted a gun that would fit in a Civil War setting. I chose the tried and true silhouette of a gun with a clothespin firing mechanism. On one prototype I included a trigger to fire the rubber band and on the other just the clothespin. Both wanted just the clothespin so that is what they are getting. 2 days to make them including drying time for the glue cost of materials was about $30 and wholesale price was $4 each for a profit of about $250. One shop is selling them for $9 and the other for $6 so both are happy and I expect repeat orders for these things. Any one else ever get into a project like this? If there is any interest in the trigger mechanism I would be glad to post a picture after May 1st.

-- sweet sawdust





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#1 posted 04-09-2014 06:26 PM

i am sure you will get to do more of these because the kids/dads will love to play with them. and you know the parents will be happy because its not electronic!!! Looks like a good setup!

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James www.etsy.com/shop/ZionsWoodnCrafts

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#2 posted 04-11-2014 02:32 PM

Cool and fun project! Kids and even adults will enjoy playing them, wooden toys are the best. Great job!

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#3 posted 10-15-2014 04:21 AM

Rubber band guns!!! We came up with very creative ways to shoot rubber bands when we were kids. I wish I would have had one of these.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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