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PhillipRCW

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04-08-2015 09:04 PM

I’ve read a ton of the forum post on here about craft shows. I think I have the small items for women and children down that I will build. I do want to make some products focused towards men though. Father’s day isn’t too terribly long after my show coming up so I think it could be a big seller. So just for the schitzengiggles, what wooden items do you think would sell for men? I don’t have a lathe, so pens are out.

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


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HoffShop

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#1 posted 04-08-2015 09:05 PM

beer totes are usually a big hit.

-- Ryan-woodworking since 2014

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#2 posted 04-08-2015 09:06 PM

I’ve seen them, I just never knew if they sold well or not. I couldn’t ever see myself buying or using one, but I can’t drink so I have a different mind set there.

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

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#3 posted 04-08-2015 09:20 PM

Pens are good ones, as are wine bottle holders and boxes.

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Rob

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#4 posted 04-08-2015 10:57 PM

Golf ball bottle stoppers, small replica rowing paddle, signs that say manly things. For instance “Is there life after death? Mess with my tools and find out”. Beer bottle openers with a catch basin for the caps etc. There are a ton of things. Look through the project pages and I’m sure you will find more than enough to grab the attention of men.

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JoeinGa

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#5 posted 04-08-2015 11:59 PM

Look at some of the mallets that folks here have made. I’ll bet a lot of guys would like to get one as a gift.

Perhaps order some knife blades and make the handles. Hunting style or folding type. Plenty of those to be seen on here also.

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#6 posted 04-09-2015 12:36 AM

You may be surprised to learn that men like boxes. I sell lots of them to men. Cedar boxes with a masculine image inlaid into the hinged lids mostly. I make a sell a few made with Spanish Cedar for cigars also. I Get $20 each for the boxes. 5 1/2” x7 1/2” x 2”.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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PhillipRCW

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#7 posted 04-09-2015 01:19 PM

I think the hardest part for me is looking at stuff and asking myself if I’d pay for it. Most of it I wouldn’t, and not even because I can build it. I just don’t like clutter and little stuff I guess. So most of the show will be focused on women, but I definitely want to take advantage of the shopping crowd that will be out before fathers day.

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

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#8 posted 04-09-2015 01:29 PM

I have spun ash trays on a table saw. if you get good at it [read: build a powered jig like Izzy] you can pump them out quick fast and in a hurry. otherwise it takes about 20 minutes on the saw to dish.

Material is a 2×12x12 cut like an octagon and bottoms beveled in on 45. Then dish it out so you have 1.5 to 1.75 deep cut.

Dont do anything more than rough sand the dish but finish the rest well.

I made mine out of oak and some for gifts out of mahogany.

-- Don't blame me, I voted for no one.

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#9 posted 04-09-2015 01:56 PM

Marking tools should be easy to sell if they are priced right.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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wep

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#10 posted 04-09-2015 02:31 PM

Wooden tie (google them, very interesting)
dresser tray / valet (for keys, changes cell phone)
gun rack
to go along with knife idea, wood sheath.

-- Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes time and annoys the pig. - Robert Heinlein

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PhillipRCW

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#11 posted 04-09-2015 06:49 PM

Wep, I actually was already looking at the wooden ties. Very cool. I posted a picture on my Facebook saying I was considering it and already have a waiting list to hear what the price is. I also have been looking at kids toys and settled on swords and shields. Several men at work are already wanting to get on the list for replica swords for themselves.

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

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wep

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#12 posted 04-09-2015 08:58 PM

At a local craft show I saw a lot of kids with wooden pop guns. Not sure how he made them, but the kids sure got their parents to buy them!

-- Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes time and annoys the pig. - Robert Heinlein

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BTimmons

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#13 posted 04-09-2015 09:56 PM

The hair and beard combs I make do a brisk business at shows. My wife has also starting turning, and makes some gorgeous handles for double edged safety razors.

Click for details

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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PhillipRCW

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#14 posted 04-14-2015 03:12 PM

Brain, I love the combs and your instagram has some great pictures on it. Your admin hammer made me consider another project as an attention grabber though. I’m going to attempt a cloud buster sword to bring people into the kids/grown men section in my booth. It will be full scale at just over 6ft long if all works right on it.

I have a list together now of items I’ll be selling. Still struggling on pricing, but I guess I’ll just poll family, friends, and coworkers for an average.

Kids:
Food safe wood teething toys
Colorful blocks
hero swords from zelda
Deku shields
Buster Sword for attention-I’ll price it pretty high. If it sells, great, if not it still brings people in.

Women:
Candle holders (both rustic and modern)
Frames
Salt or spice cellars
Succulent planters
mason jar planters/ organizers
make up organizers
wine racks
ring holders

Men:
Wooden bowties
Wood tie bars
Pen and pencil holders
Business card holders
Beer bottle openers
Bottle openers with catch basins
Wallet, key, and change holders
Beer totes

I’m sure I’ll end up with a few more items once I’m done, but that’s the list I’m going to make multiples of to start with. Please feel free to let me know if I missed any sure fire sellers, or if anything on my list seemed to be a dud for you.

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

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finns

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#15 posted 04-14-2015 06:51 PM

A buddy of mine makes a living selling cribbage boards and domino cases (domino’s included).

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