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Forum topic by WiddershinsJoinery posted 05-07-2015 12:48 PM 595 views 0 times favorited 0 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-07-2015 12:48 PM

After some personal home renovation calamities, we are unable to do the renovation of my woodworking shop as planned. I am, however, taking over a pair of rooms in my basement, which once held our furance. One room is 12’ x 13’, the other is 6’ x 7’, and they share a common wall. 7’2” ceiling.

I am on great terms with the local “everything store” and they’ve agreed to give me an account at their business to get my own business off the ground. I’ve decided to start much smaller, especially since we might be moving in the next few years, and avoid HUGE renovations. They’re a licensed “King Canada” dealer, so I can get their tools ordered in for me and added to the account… it’s all interest-free and I sometimes get discounts due to my regularity as a customer.

I’ve ordered a 10” x 16” king canada woodturning lathe ( and a 1200 cuft/m dust collector with a 0.1 micron filter bag, it’s very small room, but I want to mitigate dust infultration into the rest of the house, and I’ll be hooking up a bunch of stuff to it, like my CNC machine, grinder, tablesaw, general air filtration, etc. (

I can also get “anything” insofar as exotic wood from this same guy. I HAVE to order a pallet-load, and I’m not certain at this time if that’s a 4×4 pallet or a 4×8 pallet. It’ll cost an arm, leg and testicle, I’m sure, but I am of the understanding that I can sell exotic wood turnings (bowls, christmas tree decorations, etc) for a reasonable-enough price online and local craft markets to justify the expense.

While I’d love what feedback I can get on anything to do with the project, no polite wisdom will be dismissed, I’m curious about a few things in particular… like what would be the best ten or twenty woods I could investigate to “complete” a modest stock of a turners wood stores? Looking for variety in colours, grain pattern, etc. If it’s going to cost me a couple-grand for a full pallet load of wood, it should last me for YEARS, I suspect, and at the margin that woodturners appear to be charging (and getting!) it wouldn’t necessarilly take long to pay off the investment.

Further, I have people willing to buy my goods at a wholesale price and take it upon themselves to resell at craft tables and so on. They’ll buy/order a couple-hundred dollars worth from me and resell for their own profits at a markup. The more people I can get to do this for me, the more time I can spend turning in my off-hours. :)

Anything worth doing is worth doing right, and I feel that a hobby must pay for itself.

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