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Forum topic by PhillipRCW posted 01-07-2015 08:28 PM 1068 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-07-2015 08:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question modern traditional arts and crafts

Looking for any Oklahoma woodworkers. Hoping to bounce some ideas around for what is selling well for you locally or if you notice any local trends I have not yet.

I’m seeing quite a few people selling Orange box store tables and cheap furniture. Construction grade lumber that hasn’t been joined or cleaned up properly with a blotchy stain job. Everything seems to be built with a kreg jig with no thought of wood movement. And dining room tables being sold for $200. I’m not living off my woodworking income, but I still think my time is worth more than that.

Sorry I had to complain really quick. I know quality work will carry me past that BS. But, what products do y’all see selling well. I know quite a bit of the pallet stuff sells well. I’m trying to avoid it, but I may knock out a few nicer pieces just to show that pallet wood doesn’t have to look like it came from a shipping pallet. I think my main focus will be on higher end modern tables with a live edge top with intricate bases. I’m also working on a concrete table design with wood inlays and a stainless steel leg/base.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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#1 posted 01-07-2015 09:36 PM

I Have been in business for over thirty years, seen stuff come and go. Quality sells, I can’t afford the possibility that a lawsuit from a piece of crap pallet would bring if someone were to become ill. Research the chemicals sprayed on pallets for bugs, I don’t want it in or around MY house. You have to find a niche that sells in your area. I could make 100 cutting boards and still have them a year from now, they don’t sell here. Small boxes are hit and miss, valentines and Christmas mainly. DO NOT under price your work, no sense going broke just to stay busy.

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#2 posted 02-24-2015 06:09 AM

Hello PhillipRCW,

I also live in Oklahoma though I make custom furniture for family and friends mostly. What I have noticed is people don’t really need coffee tables and they seem to not value nice ones at all since they can pick up a cheap one for $40 easily. On the other hand kitchen/dinning room tables and a good set of chairs seem to be in great demand. You eat on it everyday and good quality can be easily seen. Book shelves are also a huge item people ask for, they realize after they overload their ikea or walmart bookshelf and it starts to self implode that a quality bookshelf is worth the investment. The problem is that most bookshelves that are made of quality wood and workmanship are near $700 or more. This is just my opinion on what I have seen in Oklahoma.

My biggest problem like upinflames said is under pricing my furniture. Though I do sell exclusively to friends and family so I give them a huge break price wise and I really just do the projects for the experience.

Pallets seem pretty sketchy, you don’t know where they come from or what they have on them. If you are in need of wood that bad and don’t want to pay for it go to construction sites or lumber yards and ask if you can use their scraps or infested wood. Make sure you are respectful and talk to the manager or owner. This may require a little more work. I have heard of people getting some pretty nice wood for free or cheap this way though.

Good luck,


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