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Jerry

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03-31-2017 08:39 PM

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Hey fellow LJ’s. I suddenly find myself needing to make several different things that I can price at about $40-$50. I’m not coming up with any good ideas, so I thought the community might have some.
Thanks in advance,
Jerry

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/


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#1 posted 03-31-2017 08:44 PM

I make and sell cedar boxes that I sell for $22 here in west Texas. They would draw at least $30 elsewhere

. People like boxes.

-- No PHD, but I have a GED and my DD 214

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#2 posted 03-31-2017 09:00 PM

Clocks, simple wine racks, and cutting boards can be tailored at just about any price point you want.

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

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#3 posted 03-31-2017 09:04 PM

That is an extremely hard question to answer. It seems to go in spurts—sometimes one thing seems to sell and sometimes another.

I have had years where I sold a lot of planters and years where I sold none.
It also will depend on what type of market you reach.

I have given up on consignments totally. I never seemed to get a decent market with them. I have done as well from just C’list ads and a “garage sale” when the neighborhood was having some.

I think that if you can make as nice of ones as Jim F and still sell them at the $35+- range you could try some.

Good Luck; and I will appreciate finding out— What type of market you are doing and what does or does not sell for you, Thanks.

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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#4 posted 03-31-2017 09:15 PM


I make and sell cedar boxes that I sell for $22 here in west Texas. They would draw at least $30 elsewhere

. People like boxes.

- Jim Finn


I see you have a cnc. I need one of those…

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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Jerry

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#5 posted 03-31-2017 09:16 PM



Clocks, simple wine racks, and cutting boards can be tailored at just about any price point you want.

- knotscott


Great ideas, do people still buy cutting boards?

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#6 posted 03-31-2017 09:18 PM



That is an extremely hard question to answer. It seems to go in spurts—sometimes one thing seems to sell and sometimes another.

I have had years where I sold a lot of planters and years where I sold none.
It also will depend on what type of market you reach.

I have given up on consignments totally. I never seemed to get a decent market with them. I have done as well from just C list ads and a “garage sale” when the neighborhood was having some.

I think that if you can make as nice of ones as Jim F and still sell them at the $35+- range you could try some.

Good Luck; and I will appreciate finding out— What type of market you are doing and what does or does not sell for you, Thanks.

- ralbuck

Thanks rjr

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#7 posted 03-31-2017 10:44 PM

No, I do not have a CNC machine. All my inlays are done with a simple scroll saw. I have made and sold well over two thousand of these boxes over the last nine years. It takes me about two hours to make a box with an inlay into the hinged lid. Material cost per box is about $3 here. I do not make cutting boards, although I have been asked to make one, occasionally. Too much material cost to interest me. People buy boxes.

-- No PHD, but I have a GED and my DD 214

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#8 posted 03-31-2017 11:02 PM

No matter what you make Jerry, it’s a roll of the dice. People either gotta have it, or they don’t. The big trouble with trying to sell things is that people don’t have a clue how much work goes into what we all do. I’m just an ordinary guy, not “gouging” anyone when I sell something, but, at the same time, I should be charging more for some of the things I’ve sold. So, it’s a shot in the dark no matter how you look at it. Good luck

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#9 posted 03-31-2017 11:09 PM

Making something to sell at less than $50 is a tall order if you want to actually make any money for your time. My only attempt to do that for the “gift shop” market was this project.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/88342

I know you don’t do marquetry but have a look at the post for some tips like identical parts, building in groups, simplified joinery.
These sold for ~$50 and had I decided to go twelve at a time instead of the six shown in the post, they would have come out at about an hour each, all finished up. Of course you need to think about either a commission (up to 50%) for a shop to sell them or your time to set up and man a booth, plus fees if you sell them yourself.
These sold through a gallery but I wasn’t interested enough to get into production. I’m not good at repetitive tasks.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#10 posted 03-31-2017 11:40 PM

Jerry, I am in the same boat as you. I have a local craft fair coming up (in July) and want to get in on it. I know in my local area most will open their wallets for $20.00 or less so I am using a 1/3, 2/3 rule. 2/3 will be $20.00 and below and 1/3 higher end. For my 2/3 I just finished five bird feeders http://lumberjocks.com/projects/102330. I have other ideas for the 2/3 group such as paper towel holders, the picnic table for ketchup and mustard bottles, serving trays, maybe a bird house log cabin or two, and some small boxes. For the upper 1/3 I plan on making the post office door banks, large and small, my treasure chest, coat racks, maybe a fishing pole rack and a few more ideas. Hope this helps and maybe we can help each other.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#11 posted 04-01-2017 12:16 AM



No matter what you make Jerry, it s a roll of the dice. People either gotta have it, or they don t. The big trouble with trying to sell things is that people don t have a clue how much work goes into what we all do. I m just an ordinary guy, not “gouging” anyone when I sell something, but, at the same time, I should be charging more for some of the things I ve sold. So, it s a shot in the dark no matter how you look at it. Good luck

- Roger

See, you have described the problem perfectly, one of the things they asked me to do was make smaller boxes, well it’s the same job, and often smaller is more difficult and more dangerous.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#12 posted 04-01-2017 12:23 AM



Making something to sell at less than $50 is a tall order if you want to actually make any money for your time. My only attempt to do that for the “gift shop” market was this project.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/88342

I know you don t do marquetry but have a look at the post for some tips like identical parts, building in groups, simplified joinery.
These sold for ~$50 and had I decided to go twelve at a time instead of the six shown in the post, they would have come out at about an hour each, all finished up. Of course you need to think about either a commission (up to 50%) for a shop to sell them or your time to set up and man a booth, plus fees if you sell them yourself.
These sold through a gallery but I wasn t interested enough to get into production. I m not good at repetitive tasks.

- shipwright

So here’s the thing, I’ve been invited to become a member of a local art gallery. It’s got some of the world’s top artists as members. I really can’t put any low calibre work into this environment, but they want me to make some low cost items to jump start sales AND they get 20%!

I really do appreciate the mass production ideas in your post Paul, very helpful.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#13 posted 04-01-2017 12:26 AM



Jerry, I am in the same boat as you. I have a local craft fair coming up (in July) and want to get in on it. I know in my local area most will open their wallets for $20.00 or less so I am using a 1/3, 2/3 rule. 2/3 will be $20.00 and below and 1/3 higher end. For my 2/3 I just finished five bird feeders http://lumberjocks.com/projects/102330. I have other ideas for the 2/3 group such as paper towel holders, the picnic table for ketchup and mustard bottles, serving trays, maybe a bird house log cabin or two, and some small boxes. For the upper 1/3 I plan on making the post office door banks, large and small, my treasure chest, coat racks, maybe a fishing pole rack and a few more ideas. Hope this helps and maybe we can help each other.

- jeffswildwood

These are all really good ideas, thanks! I did find this I knocked one out in about 20 minutes.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#14 posted 04-01-2017 12:49 AM

In addition to the boxes I make wooden stars, crosses and coasters. I started out making toys. They sell very well for $5 or $10. My space rent is always covered by my toy sales. I have tried consignment sales shops but had very low interest there.

-- No PHD, but I have a GED and my DD 214

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#15 posted 04-01-2017 01:27 AM

Jerry, another quick wine project is the glass holders. This is just a quick sketch but it goes onto a wine bottle and holds 2 glasses. Size and shapes can be varied along with wood types. Sell for $15 up depending on wood and how fancy the shape and finishing.

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