small workshop ideas #8: Think Like a Business..Making and Buying

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Blog entry by oldguy2 posted 05-17-2018 07:57 PM 1072 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As I retired in 2009, I got ready with a few more tools to be Hals Wood Shop. Making crafts and selling furniture like products. I had the plans and had made many projects over the years. Since then my Business has become a hobby and I make gifts for friends and grandsons. Thinking like a business, I had bought one more tool at a time as a sale came up or having 5 routers made sense. Finally 2 died from age and now with 3 its great. How do you get 4 drills, and why??? I added strips to my bench to make it 4 inches wider in hardwood. One for pilot holes, one for the body drill and another for the countersink. Finally my favorite the driver drill. Each board was added in minutes not a longer time of changing bits. So one drill was a sale it was the floor model at Lowes and on clearance so I bought it right away ( $15) another the contractor was selling with dirt all over and I checked with my battery and it ran so another $15 and now another in my Ryobi set. I already had the blue and green (1/2 inch) drills. We don’t often do this multiple step but it felt great doing it. I showed my dumpster of wood for $20 I saw many small projects of boxes and cutting boards and small glue ups. even another mallot…all in my projects page. And still 6 more boxes of the 24 to go, yes some went to firewood. But so worth the dollars and the few hours to box it and bring it home….yup never had a truck. The two chairs are for my porch and there are two more. I paid $25 for the 4. I wanted the plans and found them on Skill tools but there were already made. I have patterns and comfort. I see the chairs in red white and blue. I have bougotypht drywall screws at yard sales when in bulk and working clamps also. Don’t buy it just to have it or its junk. If you don’t use a brace and bit, why buy one. My grandson loves it to drill holes and he is busy and safe, but I already owned one. A business makes a prototype and then mass production. Doing that one some projects…like my candy dispenser ..makes more sense and is efficient. What else could you do ? Check out my projects and maybe you see an idea for you. Thanks.

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#1 posted 05-17-2018 11:39 PM

Doing that is cheaper and better than chasing a little ball; or being glued to a recliner with a remote in your hand!

Also keeps mind and body working too.
So keep going!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 05-18-2018 03:21 PM

I like the idea of making a prototype and then mass produce.

I was recently in a box swap and had to drop out ‘cause I didn’t make the ship date… but I’m still planning to make several more boxes on the same theme as the one I was making for the swap. Yeah, the first one took awhile, but the 6th one will be a snap. I have 6 children (as of next week – I count that one even though she’s not quite born yet.) I’m thinking every child needs a couple of boxes – and maybe each one needs a blanket/toy chest and maybe a rocking chair… Just need to make 6 or 8 of each thing. There’s no place in the house to put all that stuff, but we’ll figure it out.

I bought a Freud door router set on eBay for entry and interior doors. I have one door to make (70” short door for 2nd floor entry to the attic of my shop), but I figure the rail and stile set can also make blanket chests and the like – so I’ll get some use out of that set.


-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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