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GreenWisdom

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1836 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: reclaimed wood cutting boards wood shops

I am looking for an east-coast wood shop to make cutting boards (and probably other items) from reclaimed hardwood. I am a small distributor of Eco-products that sells to 70 stores in the US and Canada. The boards I am currently distributing can be found at http://www.greenwisdom.biz. However, the designs and pricing is likely to change soon.

The shop must be on the east coast, reclaimed hardwood must be used for the boards, and the shop must be willing to drop ship for me. Established shops with at least some track record of dependability will be given a preference.

If you are interested, please email me your contact info and web page (if you have one) and tell me about your business. My email is Bryanb@greenwisdom.biz

Thanks!

Bryan E. Burke
Proprietor of Green Wisdom
http://www.greenwisdom.biz


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papadan

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#1 posted 1836 days ago

Be extremely careful where your reclaimed wood comes from. A lot of people reclaim pallet wood(oak) that could have chemicals soaked into it making it unusable for food prep. Your sale prices make it tough for a woodworker to supply you with inventory, you need a factory in China to meet your needs and prices.

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Kindlingmaker

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#2 posted 1836 days ago

Bryanb, Can YOU build one of those 12×10 x 1 1/4 cutting boards and make than 25 cents per board? I assume you have a mark up from what you will pay the woodworker so lets say you get half the selling amount. The woodworker would be making the cutting board for $12.50 but he has to cut, glue, sand and finish and he also has to do the drop shipping and somewhere make a profit within the $12.50?

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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GreenWisdom

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#3 posted 1836 days ago

Papadan,

Yes, caution is warranted when using reclaimed wood for cutting boards. My recommended best pratices are only using wood when the supply chain is known. For example, regarding pallets, a friend of mine manages to salvage heartwood from pallets that come from a wood flooring factory. The factory makes its own pallets and sometimes uses scrap pieces of heartwood in the pallet construction. She gets the pallets from a single retailer, and she knows exactly where the pallets came from, and exactly how they were made. She does not supply me with cutting boards. This is just an example.

All the products I distribute are made in the USA. I do not and would not import from China. I already have one shop making boards for me on the west coast at my prices, and two others that have made formal offers to do so . . . so nor is there no need to import the boards. I still need at least one east coast shop that fits my business philosophy.

The profit margins of shops seem to vary quite a bit. Shops that can find a cheap and convenient source of reclaimed wood (often much cheaper than buying new wood) are the ones that I am looking for.

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GreenWisdom

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#4 posted 1836 days ago

Kindlingmaker,

The prices you use for your above comments and questions are not the ones on my web site, so I am not sure how to answer.

I already have one shop making boards for me on the west coast that can meet my prices, and two others that have made formal offers to do so. However, I still need at least one east coast shop that fits my business philosophy. The profit margins of shops seem to vary quite a bit. Shops that have a cheap and convenient source of reclaimed wood (often much cheaper than buying new wood) are the ones that I am looking for.

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KayBee

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#5 posted 1836 days ago

So, just how many cutting boards are we talking about here? If it’s say 5 a month, someone with a hobby shop might be interested. Much more than that and it doesn’t really pay when you add up the time to source the wood, pick it up, make your cutting boards and pay the electric bill.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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GreenWisdom

6 posts in 1837 days


#6 posted 1835 days ago

Socalwood,
I don’t know what to say but that I have found established shops that can meet my price and are happy to do so . . . on the west coast. I also need a shop to sell to my east coast market.

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GreenWisdom

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#7 posted 1835 days ago

KayBee,

It is a new product line, so it is hard to say . . . but I expect august sales to be dozen or two a month and over the next year or so it will likely climb to 100 or so a month.

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Joe Lyddon

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#8 posted 1828 days ago

Bryan, I sent you an email…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Dustin Ward (aka Tearen)

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#9 posted 1828 days ago

Bryan,

I also sent you an email on 7/14, but did not hear from you. You already answered on this thread about the volume, but I still have a questions on the pricing.

What is your target purchase price? How is shipping from supplier to vendor to be handled?

Dustin Ward

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Mike

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#10 posted 1827 days ago

Same response over and over.

Cutting and pasting his own answers….....

Not buying the pitch.

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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Joe Lyddon

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#11 posted 1819 days ago

I finally got a response from Bryan.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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