Inlaid Coasters

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Project by KomputerMan posted 04-14-2015 09:43 PM 1263 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these coasters using my plunge router. They are about 4” in diameter and have been finished with TUng Oil and a polyurethane sealant.

If you like them could I ask a small favor? Would you please answer a few questions for me?

The reason I’m asking these questions is because I’ve been trying to launch a small business for a few years now. Turns out I really didn’t understand what I was doing so enrolled in a startup incubator program in Boise… which explains the Idaho insert… :)

Anyway… the first thing this program asked me to do is to interview people who are in my target market. As my products are geared towards woodworkers I thought I would post these questions here. I hope you don’t mind because all I’m really trying to do is figure out what types of projects you like to build and if projects like building coasters, Christmas ornaments, necklace pendants, etc… interest you or not. So any type of feedback about the type of woodworking you enjoy would be useful and greatly appreciated!!!

1.) What type of projects do you enjoy working on, how long do they take you to build, and how much are you willing to spend on your project?

2.) If you were going to purchase a kit to help you build something like these coasters would you be more inclined to purchase if the wood needed to complete the build were included?

3.) Do you own a router and if so do you own a plunge base for the router?

4.) Have you ever made an inlay before and if so did you use a plunge router or was it more along the lines of a marquetry project?

Thank you for your time and insight!!! Kurtis ~|:-)

-- Have an Ordinary Day ~|:-)

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#1 posted 04-18-2015 05:40 PM

KomputerMan, I cannot answer all of your question but I will take a crack at them anyway!
  1. Many times my projects become government job because of “cost over runs”. Many of my projects have lasted several years because of other/urgent/boredom with current project. Cost is never an issue as it would be counterproductive to not do a worthwhile project just due to cost.
  2. Never bought any kind of woodworking kit. But I have copied many and built them my way!
  3. I have four routers. My PC routers have an optional plunge base I use when needed. My Craftsman router is over 30 years old and because it can only use 1/4” bits it is used very rarely. My Colt gets the most use because of its small size.
  4. I have not done inlays or marquetry as you have but I have cut pockets for false tenons. Your project could have been done either way!

Those are my answers, and I am sticking to them.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#2 posted 04-20-2015 04:43 PM

Thanks for the feedback ON… When my grandfather dies a few years back I got his tools including a Craftsman router whose age is beyond me. Also got a table saw manufactured by Atlas… which was purchased by Sears around 1956 and converted into the Craftsman line!

-- Have an Ordinary Day ~|:-)

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#3 posted 04-22-2015 08:39 PM

I’ll try my hand at your questions.

1. Most of my projects are small and can be done in a week or less. Cost is usually not an issue.
2. Yes, I like the lazer inlay pen kits from kallenshaan woods.
3. I do not own a router. I do have a dremel and a router table for the dremel but have yet to use it.
4. No.

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