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Thread: Another "Crib Bench".

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    Another "Crib Bench".

    Picked up a nice used crib yesterday, so I decided to convert it into another bench.

    At this point, I've got the basic fabrication done and the seat blank is glued up. It will be dry in the morning. Then I can cut it to size and finish assembly. Then it's ready for finish. Not too bad considering that 24 hours ago, it was a crib.

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    "The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten"

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    Very creative and outside the box/crib thinking.
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    Gee, college students could sit there and crib notes for class.

    Sorry 'bout that. However, Enjoy anyway.
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    Fabrication is just about done. I might add a couple minor tweaks, but it's just about there. Now I need to decided what color/style I'm going to paint it.

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    I thought I posted a final pic but I guess I didn't. I finished it up about a month ago. I've had it listed on CL for a while with no inquiries yet. I'm going to have to find another way to market my stuff besides CL. That just isn't cutting it. I've got some nice pieces that I feel are not "cheap" but I feel reasonably priced. Every time someone replies to a CL ad, they want to beat me down on price. I may come down a little bit, but I'm not going to give the stuff away.

    Here's the finished crib bench in color. I've got it listed at $350. IMO that's a fair price for a piece like this. What do you think?

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    Looks cool, John. I think you've got it priced fairly, but keep in mind the people shopping Craigslist are looking for bargains. Cheap bargains. Not $350 benches. I think you might have better luck listing it on a site like Etsy, where many of the shoppers are looking for unique handcrafted stuff, and are often willing to pay for it.
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    Good point Vaughn!

    I finally got off my butt and created an Etsy store. Craigslist is just plain NOT the place to sell my creations. People shopping there are looking for bargain basement, garage sale prices. I think Etsy might be the way to go. If anyone would like to check it out, it's JohnsCustomWoodworking over on Etsy.
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    I love your idea and design. The blue color is pretty, but it is pretty intense - there are a lot of rooms where it wouldn't fit in. If it doesn't sell, I suggest you switch to a color that would fit with more environments - perhaps even black (think classic Windsor chairs, for example) or maroon or brown, if somebody wants it in their living room, or even white. The intense blue shouts baby boy's room, but even in that case, I would look for a rocking chair rather than a bench.
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