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    Cutting boards...

    So the LOML and I went to a local craft show yesterday:
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    they had a pretty decent turn out for a relatively small show.

    A couple of the booths had wood items, one was virtually sold out of strip cutting boards (vs end grain), and while their boards were 'nice', Lori remarked that mine were nicer and that I should get busy and make a Bunch of boards.

    How much is a bunch you ask? I wondered this as well, and on the way home I pondered this aloud...

    oh 25 or so of each.

    'each' turned out to be sizes... 3/4 thick 8x8, 10x12, 4/5 to 5/4 12x18 and a few show pieces at 8/4 20x30 (which was what the nearly sold out booth was selling)... it seems she has this grand plan to enter a couple of shows in a month or so. I've already got several boards in the clamps now (had some stock already planed to thickness). I've got a make a lumber run and invest in some more chocolate & lyptus. I have 'enough' maple and cherry on hand to get started however, so I've got a bunch of work to do.

    I'm scouring CL and wracking my brain for mom&pop saw mills where I can find some cheaper walnut, the only source I have off the top of my head is charging $7/bf for it... I'm going to bite the bullet and buy 40 or 50 bf of it, but I'd love to find it cheaper if I can manage it.

    I tossed and turned last night and somewhere in the midst of all of that, I decided that if she can pull this off, I'm getting at Least a new DC and possibly a new jointer out of the deal. Especially if she intends to sign up for several shows. I'll be pushing my little DC to handle all of those chips, and the jointer I have 'works', but I want a modern one as an upgrade.

    I don't mind making them, but she's going to do the lions share of the marketing.

    Since I only have 'so many' clamps I'm also going go be working on some other items for the booth... spoons, knife blocks, cheese boards (non-end grain) and the like.
    -Ned

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    Ned, you might ask Larry for the price of his cut to fit in a flat rate box. Who knows?
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    Jonathan,
    I'll see what he can do, but I'm also going to pick some up local. I've got a Bunch of maple and cherry on the racks, so the walnut is more of an accent wood in this case, so I don't need as much of it. I'm definitely going for 'production' as much as my tiny shop can manage it. To my mind that means longer blanks glued up so I can get as much done as quickly as I can. I won't save a LOT of time planing, as the feed rate is the same no matter what, but feeding one long board or glued up blank is less work than two smaller ones.
    -Ned

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    I used to order wood from a place that did 'ups bundles' Basically, boards banded together to just be under the length and weight limits for UPS. Might be worth looking into.
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    looks like someone's going to be a busy boy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    I used to order wood from a place that did 'ups bundles' Basically, boards banded together to just be under the length and weight limits for UPS. Might be worth looking into.
    There's another option. See my reply to Jonathan too, though. There are mills around, the question is do they have what I want cheaper than where I know I can get it now.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Soby View Post
    looks like someone's going to be a busy boy!
    Thankfully I have loads of time on my hands right now.
    -Ned

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    you look like you'll be doubly busy ned, boards and pics, gotta keep those skills sharp to.
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    It' wood' be good to find a local supplier for sure...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Noren View Post
    you look like you'll be doubly busy ned, boards and pics, gotta keep those skills sharp to.
    Oh I'm still cranking on the photo end of things... this is just an income booster (we hope).
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    Remsen NY train station/museum. There is a regional 'excursion' train which occasionally stops here, but as you can tell it is hardly a modern structure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    It' wood' be good to find a local supplier for sure...
    yep. It sure wood at that.

    my 'favorite' local wood supplier sells cherry 'shorts' various lengths by the pallet for under $2 per bf on occasion, definitely under $4/bf. I've got plenty on hand for round 1, but if this does well and I need to do more, I'll be picking up a skid for future batches.

    Definitely going to be getting our tax ID etc... so that I can at least save paying that out on the materials.
    -Ned

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