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SimonSKL

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1639 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: ridgid oscillating sander dust hood dust collection

When I made the dust hood for my Ridgid sander some of the LJ members were interested in getting one from me if I make more. If you are interested to buy or trade, PM me. Here is the link to my blog on the dust hood.

http://lumberjocks.com/SimonSKL/blog/12957

-- Simon, Danville, IL


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jim C

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#1 posted 1639 days ago

Simon,
If you take individual orders, I don’t think you can justify you’re cost/time, and a sellable price with a decent profit.
That’s a really nice clean addition to the Ridgid.

Having said that, why not go out on a limb and make 10-20 units ready for shipping? Keep your time and mat. list and add up the total cost. Add 30% for your profit and divide by the numbers you came up with. I would bet you would have no trouble selling them on LJ’s.

Those 10 or 20 sets will also educate you on reducing the mfg. steps needed for future runs to increase your margins.

Then if you’re really gutsy, you could have someone who knows the internet advertise on Amazon, E-Bay etc.

I think it’s a great product.

Just my opinion.

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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cstrang

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#2 posted 1639 days ago

I agree with Jim on this one, start making production runs and sell not only on Lj’s but on sites like amazon and ebay as well. As far as I know there is no other product exactly like this out there so right not the market is yours and I could see making a tidy profit on this venture if you have the time to make a few.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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Dusty56

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#3 posted 1639 days ago

Or , you could just tell us how much you want for one…...people will either buy it or try to copy yours . I see this as another “kerfmaker” episode here on LJs : ) I don’t have that much of a dust issue on mine using a 4” reducer for the dust collector versus a ShopVac , so for me to buy a dust hood would be a waste . I really like your project though …very cleanly designed and executed : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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SimonSKL

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#4 posted 1639 days ago

Thank you for your comments and advice. Jim and cstrang, you are absolutely right about I couldn’t justify my cost and time in taking individual orders. I still have my daytime job and get paid with decent salary. Money is not a motivating factor in why I am making and selling this. But I really don’t want to sell it below my material and shipping cost. I made a total of 5 dust hoods and it took me almost a whole day in making them. It would be hard for me to justify my time to make more. This would be a nice opportunity for someone who has more time than me to make a little profit.

My design is simple enough people can definitely make their own and with different materials. For the few that I made, I am planning to sell them for $25 shipping included.

-- Simon, Danville, IL

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papadan

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#5 posted 1639 days ago

Get em while he has em Guys! Mine arrived today and it is great. Thanks Simon.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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cstrang

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#6 posted 1639 days ago

$25 is a good price for such an item, which is what I would pay if I had a sander like this. Like you said, it would be a good opportunity for someone to make a fair profit off of this if they had more time and if someone had a small CNC I would imagine a very quick turnaround.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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SimonSKL

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#7 posted 1639 days ago

My shipping cost via USPS priority mail is $5.35 so I am actually selling it below $20. Not much of a profit for me for all the work.

-- Simon, Danville, IL

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northwoodsman

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#8 posted 1639 days ago

Simon,

Does it work without the work support bracket attached? I find that piece just gets in my way so I don’t use it. I’m pm’ing you now. Thanks. Great idea!!!!!

-- NorthWoodsMan

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bues0022

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#9 posted 1639 days ago

It looks like you’ve honed your acrylic and bulkhead skills with your reef tank? Though, from the tiny thumbnail I can’t tell if your avatar is a sun coral or dendro.

Oh, and it is a very good looking addition to the sander. If I had one I’d be all over getting one from you.

-- Ryan -- Maple Grove, MN

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wlhutch

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#10 posted 1639 days ago

I’ll take one, send you a PM.

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sikrap

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#11 posted 1639 days ago

Happy to say I have one coming.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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SimonSKL

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#12 posted 1639 days ago

NorthWoodsMan,
The dust hood can work without the workrest but since it is only secured by a single knob, it may come loose and rotate into the sander. May be a lock washer will solve that problem.

-- Simon, Danville, IL

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jim C

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#13 posted 1638 days ago

Simon,
As your business consultant,
1. Raise the price to $35.00 (Lot of interest here)
2. Please send my 10% commission on all sales.
LOL

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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SimonSKL

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#14 posted 1638 days ago

Jim,
I know consultants are expensive and you are no exception. LOL

You are right about lot of interest as 4 of my 5 dust hoods were taken. As I mentioned earlier money was not the motivating factor and I am glad other LJs found this product useful. I will make another 10 dust hoods and will continue to sell them for $25 shipping included. Sorry no commission for you:)

-- Simon, Danville, IL

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jackass

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#15 posted 1638 days ago

I can’t save this to my favourites on LJ site. Anyone know why. Tried 3 times. I can see this as being very useful, lathe, miter saw, even planer, etc. Great design Simonskl, they should sell well.
Jack

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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