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#1 posted 02-09-2018 05:02 PM

Hey Dan,

I really like your lamp designs and that first one really speaks to my aesthetic. I think you have something there.

I just finished building my woodworking shop and am looking for commissions. I currently have some people interested in having me build wooden boats and teardrop campers, but I’m very interested in picking up some production work like this. I’m a semi-professional woodworker that has sold several pieces over the years (mostly to finance power tool purchases). For example, I’m helping some friends that have a boutique-style business by building some of their more popular designs. They design and sell and I support them with production after they build the prototype/display model.

Your post made me think of the business model that’s being used on another forum I’m active on that has to do with CNC routing. There’s a parent company that recruits individuals that own their own CNC routers. The parent company receives orders to make either one-offs or small batches. They then ask the individuals to bid on the job, award the contract and everybody is happy. I must mention that prior to getting a contract, the individuals are vetted for quality and delivering on time. The individuals were all initially contacted via a general post on the forum looking for people interested in this kind of paying work. Several people used this to pay off their CNC machines. I don’t know if this business model interests you, but I thought I’d share it just in case.

Feel free to PM me if you want to discuss this further.


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