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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 01-12-2014 07:30 PM 1076 views 1 time favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-12-2014 07:30 PM

It always helps to have some products that don’t take a lot of time or materials to make.
I can make a couple of these an hour, board to finish.

I use 5/4 stock that isn’t cupped, cupping makes them too thin when you get done planing.

I cut it to size on the miter saw, 15” x at least 7”, then I trace the pattern from an original I got from my mother in law that is over 100 years old. Then cut it out on the bs, then take it to the spindle sander with a narrow bit. Then plane, and route and sand.

Sounds like a lot, but when you get a dozen or so in the works, you’ll be surprised at how fast it goes.

I’m selling these for $25 each, $35 if you get them at my retail locations.

I think the price point is great on this item. It’s simple to make, and is one more arrow in your quiver of things to make money from.

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#1 posted 01-12-2014 07:40 PM

Really nice idea & workmanship Russell.

-- Bill

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#2 posted 01-12-2014 07:51 PM

Thanks Bill, I already sold 25% of my stock.
The others will go to the retail location.

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#3 posted 01-12-2014 11:47 PM

Think outside the box… Dont stick with just the pig… there’s plenty of other “animals” that make good shapes.

This first one I was gonna cut a different shape , but the fish’s eye seemed to just jump out at me.

Chicken, anyone?

When I was making these and giving them away (where I used to work) this cow shape was pretty well liked.

This was my “go to” for a fish shape. The nose and tail stayed the same, but I made several different sizes by extending the “body” length.

I’ll see your pig…

And raise you one.

I used the profile of my Honda GoldWing (you can see the pencil lines)

And another in a more “cruiser” style

Need a bit more cutting room? Just add some more to the bottom and the top profile is still obvious.

Cars, barns and houses? Yep, did a few of them too.

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