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Project by splintergroup posted 01-14-2020 02:41 PM 371 views 6 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Generally the most sales of any crafts occur in the lower price range. People want to buy something as a gift or whatever, they just don’t want to pay a lot of money.

This assortment shown above attempts to keep that price zone sweet spot full for my shelves at the gift shop.

The coasters were great sellers at the craft show so I wanted to make more. For the square sets I took a design hint from masterJack's coasters I went with a random endgrain look for simplicity and to use up some of my vast collection of white oak offcuts.

Fumed, sealed with precat lacquer, self-stick cork bases. Four coasters to a set.
3-1/2” square x 7/16” thick

The holders are walnut with birch 1/4” dowels.

The next version makes use of leftover “logs” used for making 3D cutting boards. Endgrain maple, hickory, and walnut arranged into a hexagon about 3” diameter across the flats. These were also sealed with precat lacquer and corked placed on the bottoms. I wasn’t too sure about the size (seemed too small), but they are just right for “beverage” cans and bottles (assuming the imbiber can hit the target when setting the can/bottle down)

The bases are cherry with birch 1/4” dowels. Five coasters to a set.

I previously posted a number of these bottle decappers as a project with the idea I would use more “interesting” woods on the next go-around.

That sort of happened 8^) I didn’t buy anything new, but I did find a few pieces hiding in the back of my wood stashes. I also doubled the number of brass pins on this version and made the scales a tad longer, all just for aesthetics. Everything was stabilized as before even though some of the woods probably didn’t need to be.


Big leaf maple (burl)


Claro walnut


Bolivian rosewood

I also tried some other less interesting woods:


Quina

Shedua

I had some of of these smaller “credit card” style opener blanks I decided to use.

Claro and BL maple on these.

Thanks for looking!





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AandCstyle

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#1 posted 01-14-2020 02:54 PM

Splint, you certainly are productive. It’s wonderful that your sales are so robust.

-- Art

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woodshaver Tony C

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#2 posted 01-14-2020 03:05 PM

All very nice and High End looking!

I agree that having some low priced items in the mix will generate more sales. Sometimes those items will get some people thinking about spending a bit more; kind of like sparking their interest!

Nice work on all I see here! Well done! Good luck with your sales!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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splintergroup

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#3 posted 01-14-2020 03:22 PM

As always, thanks Art, Tony 8^)

I’d like to get ahead in producing mass quantities this year (It never seems to happen!), last year one person bought up the entire lot of openers.

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#4 posted 01-14-2020 03:50 PM

thats all real nice looking stuff,i can see someone buying a bunch of the opener’s to hand out to coworkers or friends.wine bottle stoppers are great inexpensive items also.i love the coasters,i may do those as gifts next christmas.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#5 posted 01-14-2020 05:10 PM

Splint, they may seem like simple craft fair pieces to you. I’ve seen simple craft fair, and compared to that this is high end catalog stuff. Maybe the subject is craft fair, but your obvious attention to detail sets your standard way above the norm.

Not just that the pieces are all well finished,but your attention to all the grain details. That isn’t some random piece of wood on any of them, but well picked pieces of pieces to allow for the best bang.

Nice collective.

“last year one person bought up the entire lot of openers.”

No doubt they flipped them all in some Posh store for 5 or 10 times what they sold for. Those credit card openers are the stuff Millionaires would have at a party.

If you are selling out, double your prices, that keeps working, keep doubling.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#6 posted 01-14-2020 05:42 PM

Wonderful pieces!
You have a very cool selection of beautiful wood in your pieces.
I especially like the design of the six sided coasters.
Very cool!
Jon

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splintergroup

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#7 posted 01-14-2020 06:19 PM



thats all real nice looking stuff,i can see someone buying a bunch of the opener s to hand out to coworkers or friends.wine bottle stoppers are great inexpensive items also.i love the coasters,i may do those as gifts next christmas.

- pottz

Thanks Pottz 8^)

He actually said they were for his kids, maybe I need more beer-ware for the family that appreciates the liquid bread….

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splintergroup

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#8 posted 01-14-2020 06:24 PM

Kind words George, thank you!

Actually the situation here is kinda weird. The local area is very poor, but we do get spurts of tourism travelers and people who come here for the science stuff. Kind of a fine balance to cater to both without leaving a super bargain for some or an over priced object for others.

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#9 posted 01-14-2020 06:25 PM

Thanks Jon. I love it when I can use up the remains from other projects since I usually store the stuff for eternity otherwise 8^)

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#10 posted 01-14-2020 07:40 PM

Those are really nice. I really like the coasters!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#11 posted 01-14-2020 08:38 PM

They might not be expensive, but they sure look great!!! The bottle openers caught my eye for sure.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#12 posted 01-14-2020 08:44 PM

Thanks Jerry, Earl.

For me, the big drawback to the coasters is all the prep work. I tend to count things when doing drudge work like sanding. I made 4 sets, that’s 16 coasters, 64 sides, 128 edges…. all needing sanding! (ugh)

The openers are actually somewhat fun to make. The best part is when the oil goes on and I get to see if it’s a nice one or a dud….

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#13 posted 01-14-2020 09:41 PM

Like ThrealSteve said there’s a lot to these that don’t meet the eye here. A lot of work and detail.
How did you fume seal the coasters with pecan lacquer?

-- James E McIntyre

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#14 posted 01-14-2020 10:56 PM



How did you fume seal the coasters with pecan lacquer?

- James E McIntyre

8^)

I love auto correct, it always knows what I really wanted to say…

8^)

The coasters were placed in a large storage tub with a bowl of ammonia for a few hours. This darkened up the wood. I then used “Mohawk vinyl sealer” followed by a Mohawk pre-catalysed lacquer top coat.

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#15 posted 01-15-2020 12:55 AM

I really like those coaster racks. Thanks for showing them as I might use your designs down the road.

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