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Springtime "Woodworking projects driveway sale".


I'm thinking about having a "Woodworking projects driveway sale" sometime in the spring of the year.  Late April/ early May time frame.  Kinda like a garage sale, but all the items for sale would come straight out of my shop.  I've been building projects, organizing and clearing out the excess in my shop, and boy howdy, was I surprised by the amount of wood I had/ still have.  I think it was breeding while I was gone on deployment.   I really don't remember hauling that much wood into my shop.  I have ~250 bd ft of some sort of Oak lamination that I got for $12, that I KNOW I bought and hauled in, and I had bought a whole pallet of "Value wood" from Menards.  The rest, I have no direct recollection of where it came from, but it's got to GO.  Currently, I have a pile of various wood 3' high, 12' long, and 5' wide piled up in front of my freezer.  Plus the wood still in my shop.  So, I'm thinking about this "sale" to help clear it out.

I've made the Fir shelves, I am making 500 tea light candle holders (sold 4 the night I started making them, with tons of interest in more), I have several styles of "boot benches" in the works, wooden crates, those "log cabin" birdhouses, and some outdoor furniture in the pipeline as well.  Along with bookshelves (from that Oak I mentioned earlier), a couple lamps, some Northwoods decor, and some vintage-type wooden toy cars and trucks.  Do you guys think I'm onto something, or am I smoking something?  I'm slightly worried that people will think "Oooh, garage sale, garage sale prices".  I'm hoping that won't be the case, but one just never knows.  What do you think?

 



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Chet, you mentioned bird houses and there is one that you might be interested in. It is the Eastern blue bird house and once you've started inviting those beautiful creatures into your back yard, watching them lay their eggs and then fledging their chicks, you and your friends will be hooked. Once the female begins to sit the eggs the maile will feed her in the house and then when the chicks hatch, both male and female work tirelessly feeding the chicks.  Not for sure if they are right for your area but it seems that they should be OK.

Altho certain variations are OK, this is basically what is best for the Eastern Blue Bird, especially the hole size (1.5") and having access to clean it when necessary. I also built snake/coon guards and put on my poles after a bad experience and lesson well learned.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qS7rXKW5u2k

I found that, for me, using the cheaper cedar fence slats were the best material for these.

Creating Community Blue Bird Trails are fun also.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcnsAIQeMw0



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My area, yeah.  My neighborhood, probably not so much.  I'll make a couple, though, and see where the sales end up--even if I have a very limited amount of Cedar!  LOL!  I'll have to post pictures of the other items I will try to sell, too.

 

 



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Here comes some of my creations for the sale.  Candle Holder, Design #1.  Cut from a 2 by 4, routed on both the top and bottom sides (to "erase" the look of it being a 2 by 4 block), sized for a 1 1/2" Tea light candle, and finished in Gloss Bombay Mahogany.  I am getting $5.00 each for these, with a candle.  Each one takes about 4 minutes in a mass-production run.

 



-- Edited by schnitz on Sunday 15th of February 2015 08:41:52 PM



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These wooden crates are made from recycled pallets, scraps from work/ other projects, and cutoffs of 1 by 6.  They measure 16" by 16" by 10" (Approx., as some are 1/16" to 1/8" over size.  I assemble them with 1 1/8" brad nails from my air nailer.  I wish I had an exact idea of how much time I have in each one, but I do them whenever the box I put the leftover parts in has enough parts to make one or two.  I charge $15 each, and they seem to sell well-- even with no actual "finish" on them.  I think I will raise the price to $20 each for the driveway sale.

 



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Here's my "Kid-sized" version of a picnic table.  They measure about 26" tall, are 4' long, and are made from treated 2 by 4 and 2 by 6 lumber with corrosion resistant screws.  With no stain, I ask and get $100, and $125 with a coating of Thompson's water seal.  Less than 45 minutes of cutting and assembly in each one.



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I was mildly surprised by the "saleability" of these sandwich board signs.  I had made a set for the Navy Club, and then got asked to make another set for a neighbor who was having a garage sale.  There's about $35 in material in each set of 2 (If I buy when the material isn't on sale....), and I ask $50 for a set of two--painted white.



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I especially like the kiddo picnic table - - - our kids had one growing up that served them well.

FWIW, pine saw dust makes great plant food for peppers and will increase the heat considerably.



-- Edited by Mello Yello on Monday 16th of February 2015 09:15:28 AM

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Are my prices "in line", and is the selection "decent" for a Driveway sale?  I will be adding a few more styles and projects.  I'll share them as well.  Thanks Meller!



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schnitz wrote:

Are my prices "in line", and is the selection "decent" for a Driveway sale?  I will be adding a few more styles and projects.  I'll share them as well.  Thanks Meller!


 Pricing is whatever your customers will pay and that's determined by how well your local economy is doing plus your reputation just for kickers. 

I personally wouldn't make too many high end items like the kids picnic tables though would take orders with short delivery cycles (a week or less) with a deposit to cover the cost of materials.

(What router bit are you using for the candle holders - it looks like an ogee/raised panel variation? )

 



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If you advertise, it's not a "driveway" sale, "yard" sale, "garage" sale, "tag" sale, or whatever is used in your neck of the woods. It's a crafts, craftsman, woodworkers, woodworking, or some such sale. Something more fitting to your work, not cheap and used as would be indicated by the previous terms.



-- Edited by thirdroc17 on Monday 16th of February 2015 04:06:53 PM

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Good eye, Dave!  It's a 1/4" Roman Ogee.  Thanks for the advice, too!  I have seen a quite a few potential customers stop and look at other venues I've been set up at, but most still buy something in the $20 to $30 range.  

 

Ultimately, my goal is to use up all of my current wood inventory.   I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed by how much there currently is.  But, I'm guessing we've all "been there".  It feels good to be cranking out the projects like I have been, lately, though.  Especially knowing that I have all the wood and supplies.  

 

 I plan on doing some more of the candle holders with a simple bevel, and some with a Classic Cove as well as a few different shapes and sizes from pallet parts or glue ups from small scraps.    I have a couple of "elegantly simple" wine racks I'll be doing, and it's just my time in making these items now that concerns me.  I'm not sure how many nights I can be in my shop until 2300, and then be at work at 0530.  Btw, typing on an exercise bike is really difficult!

 

 Today, I got asked to build a 6 rifle gun cabinet.  I have to do the rough estimate tonight, along with some overall  proposed project sketches.  The couple that asked me wants it in 3/4" construction grade 1 by 6's.  One, or two opening glass doors, up to 6'6" tall 36" wide, and 17" deep.  They gave me two ideas they both liked, and would like a mix of both ideas if possible.  This could be fun!



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Thanks for reminding me of a proper advertising for the event, Dale! 



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