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Forum topic by PBthecat posted 09-24-2010 08:13 PM 1315 views 1 time favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-24-2010 08:13 PM

I am working with a group of young adults who I would say are “reasonably proficient” in the shop. We need 10 product ideas for a Christmas fundraiser. An LJ member posted a product that could store discarded wine corks and that’s just the kind of idea that would work for us. Not too complex or expensive to make but useful and appreciated as a gift. Photo appreciated (the idea, not you :)) Thanks in advance for any helpful ideas..

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#1 posted 09-24-2010 08:28 PM

Make Wooden Ornaments, Last year I Turned Approx 35-40 & Gave all Away!!! Usually took approx 2-3 Hours for turning & finishing.

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#2 posted 09-24-2010 08:28 PM

Small clocks can be very easy to make, cheap to build, and useful.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#3 posted 09-24-2010 08:31 PM

Wooden kid toys like cars and animals seem to go over well.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 09-25-2010 01:03 AM

Are you looking to make 10 total gifts, or 10 projects you can make several of? Some projects work better in one category, some could be both. What age are your “young adults”? Does the nature of the group offer any help in ideas? Like is it a church group that could use religious things like crosses, or a sports team who could do something with the sport?

Boxes are nice, and the level of detail/difficulty can be changed according to the level of kids in your group.
Cutting boards can be beautiful, and once you jig up for one, you may as well make more.
Slightly crafty projects can be fun if you have kids interested in that type of thing. I’m thinking welcome signs, or holiday decorations.
Turned projects work great if you have lathes. Bowls, pens, ornaments.
Clocks are good, lots of types (do a project search for clocks). depending on the skill level of kid more or less difficult.
Do you have a scroll saw? lots of holiday themed projects and decorations and lots of ornaments. Some would require kids with more patience.
Kitchen accessories can be very useful. Paper towel holder, utensil holder, wooden spoons, trivets(things you set hot stuff on)
Office accessories – pencil cups, pens, cd-racks, post-it-note holders

Good luck, Let me know what you decide to make

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#5 posted 09-25-2010 03:49 AM

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#6 posted 09-25-2010 07:13 AM

The magic wine bottle holder is a great easy thing to make. Here are some basic plans you can change the shape just keep the dimensions the same. Plans

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#7 posted 09-25-2010 04:06 PM

I’ve done the “magic wine bottle holder” in the shape of a wine glass (used a band saw to cut the sides). It’s a new twist on an old idea.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#8 posted 09-25-2010 04:16 PM

Trivets, serving trays, cutting boards

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 09-26-2010 12:26 AM

@MRsN I’m looking for 10 ideas, but after what I’ve read, probably down to 7 at this time

-- "Every hundred years, all new people"

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#10 posted 10-03-2010 11:12 PM

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