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Tooch

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11-18-2015 03:59 PM

Topic tags/keywords: rockler cutting boards gift making kits design question

I just saw this in an email from Rockler .

They are now selling cutting board “kits” with various wood strips, and the prices seem borderline astronomical.

Now, I am a fan of most of the things that Rockler has available. Personally I would rather make the items myself (for a fraction of the cost), but this is the first time I have felt offended by a product that they offer.

I was looking to get reactions/opinions from fellow LJs, are these kits taking it too far? or am I over-reacting?

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails


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#1 posted 11-18-2015 04:05 PM

I think some of their items are geared towards a true entry level. So it is something an early beginner can do to gain exposure into woodworking and have some success. It is not for me, but I bet it may help someone say…”I built that”

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#2 posted 11-18-2015 04:10 PM

I think it is high, about 30$+ a Bd Ft. especially for 3/4” stock and no bread board end set up. Rockler prices seem high to me compared to Wood Craft as a normal rule.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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#3 posted 11-18-2015 04:17 PM

Wood craft sells them for like $20 I think, I see it more in the line of someone wanting to make a present for someone or maybe a brand new woodworker I guess. $60-70 is pretty crazy, I’d sell kits to them if they need someone to prep the wood haha.

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#4 posted 11-18-2015 04:25 PM

If they were true capitalist they would offer, for an additional fee, to let you send the glued product back in so they can run it through the planer.

-- Don't blame me, I voted for no one.

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#5 posted 11-18-2015 04:44 PM



If they were true capitalist they would offer, for an additional fee, to let you send the glued product back in so they can run it through the planer.

- SirIrb

I would guess they would let you do it there, with their machine. Either that or they would try to sell you a $150+ hand plane.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#6 posted 11-18-2015 04:46 PM


I think some of their items are geared towards a true entry level. So it is something an early beginner can do to gain exposure into woodworking and have some success. It is not for me, but I bet it may help someone say…”I built that”
- ShaneA

Very true. I can see where my original post may have come across as being pompous, not my intention. I just look at some of the boards my high school students make, and think that a similar item being sold for $60 is a bit excessive.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#7 posted 11-18-2015 04:52 PM

Wow. If you bought that kit, assembled it, finished it, it would have to be worth a small fortune. I’ll use my scraps.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 11-18-2015 05:05 PM

Oh, I agree the price is borderline offensive.

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#9 posted 11-18-2015 05:47 PM

It reminds me of the old table kits that you could buy. They came with pre-made legs and aprons, and all you had to do was assemble them. Seems more like craft time than woodworking, but maybe someone will enjoy them.

Then again Woodcraft emailed me an offer for free-shipping on orders over $175, so there is still competition on the marketing dud of the season.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#10 posted 11-18-2015 08:31 PM

I can see the appeal of something like this around Christmas. It’s for those who want to “handcraft” something as a gift but may not have the necessary tools or know-how. And yes, the manufacturer does have to process the wood and joint it for glue-up so there is some markup allowed for that. But, after a quick google, you can buy the finished products in similar woods and similar sizes for ~60% of what they want for the “kits”. So yeah, that price is MUCH too high.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#11 posted 11-18-2015 08:59 PM

I guess if you wanted a intro to beginner woodworking that would be a way to start. Or if your kid wanted to get involved and before you went out and bought tools for them, you got them this kit to see how they liked it.

So the short answer is a kit like that has no appeal to anyone with a table saw, but I could see where it would have it’s place. If they don’t sell, they’ll fire sale them out and drop them. But I’ve seen those kits at the Woodcraft store for years, so either they just keep dusting them off, or they sell enough to keep them in stock.

I buy little pre-packaged meals to throw in the microwave for lunches or dinners. If you compare the cost to the groceries they are astronomical. But the extra cost is worth it to me for the convenience of not having to prepare anything myself. Throw one in my lunchbox, at lunch throw it in the microwave, 2 minutes later I have a hot dish of pasta or meat and vegetables.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#12 posted 11-18-2015 09:11 PM

I almost bought one of those kits a few years ago—had several varieties of wood that I couldn’t easily get, etc. Now it seems silly, but it made a lot of sense to me then.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#13 posted 11-18-2015 09:52 PM

That looks like something I’d be more likely to find in Restoration Hardware than Rockler. I guess they’re just targeting a different demographic now.

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#14 posted 11-18-2015 10:38 PM

I was surprised to not find a glut of these ‘kits’ on ebay/etsy. Seems like the type of project that a cub scout den would love…...but not at $30-40+.
If someone could offer one for $15-20 (for a reasonable size/thickness), I’d bet there is a buck to be made.

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#15 posted 11-18-2015 10:55 PM

So Rockler has items for sale of questionable utility and high cost? You don’t say!

Well, this is America, and they can sell what they want at any price that suits them. And if they keep selling them, then someone must be buying them.

Somebody else, not me…

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