Craft Show Items

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Project by harriw posted 02-14-2016 02:05 AM 2256 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last November, my daughter’s 5th grade class held a craft show as a fund-raiser for their class. I know it’s pretty difficult to actually make any money at these things, but my wife and I both signed up (she does a lot of sewing) just to support our daughter, and contribute to the fund raising effort. Besides, it was a fun excuse to make a bunch of simple little things like this. Just a couple of trivets, bottle balancers, and a cheese board. I had a lot of nice oak lying around so I used a lot of it. Also some cherry, walnut, maple, curly maple, purpleheart, and mahagany mixed in there too.

Both my wife and I sold enough to make back our entrance fee, but not much more. Then my parents came by and bought up half of what I brought to give to people on their Christmas list, lol. So… I managed to help my daughter’s fund raising efforts, had some fun in the shop, helped my folks with their Christmas shopping, and made a few bucks at the same time :)

I prefer beer to wine and don’t have much use for the balancers myself, but I was secretly thrilled that the balancer with the curly maple edges didn’t sell. That was literally a pile of scraps that I glued together, and I just love the way it looks. My wife was also glad one of the purleheart/walnut trivets didn’t sell. She claimed that one :)

This was also my first chance to use my new (very used) bandsaw to add some free-form accents to glue-ups.

-- Bill - Western NY

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#1 posted 02-14-2016 04:50 AM

man been there and done that,but its all about the kids and having some fun along the way,so have a glass of wine or that beer and think about what you really want to make because there will be many more of these too come- cheers my friend.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 02-14-2016 01:12 PM

some real nice easy to make people want type items – all of them look good. Some of my best sellers are glue ups

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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