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Forum topic by ferstler posted 2146 days ago 691 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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2146 days ago

My wife took me to a small shop that offers locally made items of small size and decent quality. Normally, I do not pay that much attention, but at one place a bell went off in my head and I saw dollar signs. One local guy apparently obtains things like small humidity gauges, clocks, barometers, etc., and makes wooden frames, display cases, and stands for them as decorating items. People (mostly women, I suppose) buy the things, because they are “hand made” and not cranked out on some Far Eastern assembly line.

I could easily make such items, but what I do not know is where he gets the small clocks, gauges, and other doodads that he attaches to or inlays into the assorted stands and frames.

Anybody here have a source for such items – cheap?

Howard Ferstler

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#1 posted 2146 days ago

Search in the projects sections for similar projects. Some of the jocks may have posted where the parts came from.

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#2 posted 2145 days ago

Woodcraft, Rockler, Meisel, and Craft Supplies USA are a few places that sell some of the hings you are looking for.

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#3 posted 2142 days ago

Lee Valley also has an assortment of clocks, barometers, hygrometers and thermometers.

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#4 posted 2141 days ago

Estate sales are great and so are auctions paw through the junk boxes that go for a little of nothing.

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