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01-02-2008 04:36 AM

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Hello, I am doing research for my brother, an amazing woodworking hobbyist. He designed and built a wall hanging piece resembling the White House that is a commemerative $1 Presidential coin display. He bought the plans and built one for the quarters (resembling the USA),but this was his design start to finish. He does not have time to do spec work, but is interested in selling his plans. How does one go about creating the design (from his sketches) and then getting the word (on a shoestring budget)?

Thanks, I’ve done a lot of searching on the Inet, and through your forums, but I have not found this topic.

I checked out the projects page, and am just in awe of the talent here.


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#1 posted 01-02-2008 04:41 AM

You gave up on the J’s after the second series win? Hrmph! LOL I wonder if he doesn’t mind making about 2 bucks a plan. He’ll need a CAD drawing or something done to scale on graph paper. Then getting them out to the masses? I’ll tell ya what, I’m not sure it’s worth the headache. Tom Hintz is probably the guy to talk to at


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#2 posted 01-07-2008 05:18 AM

I had the same idea. I had designed and built a replica of a doll house book shelf that I saw in a magazine. I wanted to try and sell the plan, so I turned to ebay. I’ve since sold around 60 plans. I’m not going to get rich off this. I look at it like another hobby such as woodworking. In my case, however, I had the computer CAD sketching knowledge already. If he doesn’t have the time or energy to learn a CAD program, I would suggest he draw up the plan on paper (making sure that it looks professional) and give it a try on eBay. You can see my listings here if you are interested.

-- ~Plots -

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#3 posted 01-07-2008 06:16 AM

Blujfan, Rockler has plans that are similar to what you are talking about

Not a White House, but an American Eagle. You may be able to contact them about your plan to see if they are interested, or like plots mentioned above, e-bay seems to be a good place for these..

-- Jamie, Kentucky

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