So the LOML and I went to a local craft show yesterday:
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.