Set of Little Piggy Cutting Boards for Etsy Store

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Project by CueballRosendaul posted 09-06-2015 07:46 PM 1719 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s time to come clean and tell y’all that we have an Etsy Store. The most popular item so far seems to be these “little piggy” cutting boards. I’m trying to build up a little inventory, so the store is a little skinny right now, but things are selling. I decided to make and sell these boards in sets of two. I might have to actually break down and BUY some lumber.

When I was about 8 years old, my Cub Scout troop went to the shop of a local woodworker who was a friend of our den leader. We got to choose from a variety of projects and patterns he had selected for us to make a Mother’s Day gift. I chose to make a pig shaped cutting board out of a slab of cherry wood. It may have been my first ever woodworking project.

My mother loved the cutting board so much that she never used it. She tied a ribbon in its tail and displayed it on a shelf where it still sits today. When I started making items for our Etsy store, I knew the pig would be popular so I asked her to trace the pattern so I could produce it for sale.

These examples are made from pieces of cherry I’ve had for over twenty years. They came from a small private sawmill in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. They are finished with two coats of Danish Oil.

I should point out that my daughter, Lindsay, is the official photographer and manager of the Etsy store. Once we build up a little authority and have some sales to talk about, I’ll start a blog thread about the store with some how-to advice. My goal is to actually create a companion standalone blog site with how-to advice, videos, and links to help other woodworkers get their stuff out there. I’m not a professional woodworker, but I am an entrepreneur, and I think I can help a lot of other people.

I almost forgot. Here’s the link to the store. I promise not to pimp my store too much on LJ. I don’t wanna be “that guy!”

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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#1 posted 09-07-2015 10:15 AM

Funny project, just adorable.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 09-07-2015 11:39 AM

Nice cutting boards.

I made three cutting boards yesterday for the Wood Expo at Johnsons in Charlotte, MI this weekend(Sept 11 and 12, 2015), but no piggy ones. I’m considering making one of those piggy types myself, even made the pig-shaped cutting board template.

I live in Lansing and I’ll be at the Expo. Look me up. I’ll be in the Mid-Michigan Woodworker's Guild booth and exhibit area, more than likely demonstrating something on a scroll saw. Hope to see you there.

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#3 posted 09-07-2015 11:43 AM

It’s amazing how a certain thing might be a mighty thing. These are cool.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#4 posted 09-07-2015 12:14 PM

Nice project. For how simple they are I’m surprised at how well these template boards sell. I have seven different styles myself and they are always good sellers at the shows.

As far as Etsy goes, glad you are having luck. We’ve sold a few things but I am amazed at some of the low prices people put on these projects. Great for the consumer, tough for the hobbyist. The new motto “Etsy. Where profit goes to die.”

Your prices seem solid and I’m glad you’re selling.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#5 posted 09-08-2015 01:44 AM

Thanks Guys.
Russ, I’ll look for you. I’m planning to be there on Friday morning.

Jim, pricing seems to be the issue that everyone has. It seems to run the gamut from too cheap to ridiculous. When I get the companion blog started, that’ll be one of the first things I talk about. My secret for now is that I don’t set my own prices: I let my daughter set them. What I DO know is that traditional time & materials doesn’t work for the home woodworker.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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