Bear Rockers - build them & they will come.

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Project by johnzo posted 01-31-2011 04:36 AM 6962 views 17 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After building 9 of these cute little bear rockers for my grandkids and other toddlers, some well meaning friends convinced me to build some to sell. A few months ago, finally got around to building 6 more. I really had fun building them! I use the Rockler pattern and white oak with a natural finish. I tried selling on Ebay without any luck and then at a craft sale where I couldn’t even give them away for the cost of the materials. Wound up finally donating one to a charitable cause and will probably dispose of the rest the same way. Anybody need some expensive kindling?

-- 70 is the new 50!

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#1 posted 01-31-2011 04:52 AM

try craigslist I bet they would sell for sure

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#2 posted 01-31-2011 05:10 AM

Thats a real shame -not being able to sell them, as they look sooo good.
Is there anywhere around that might sell them on commision for you ?

-- Theresa,

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#3 posted 01-31-2011 05:11 AM

you could try etsy too. i’m not sure how easy it is to get started on there, but these might go over well there.

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#4 posted 01-31-2011 05:16 AM

No doubt a shame! They look great! Such a cute face….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 01-31-2011 05:39 AM

You definitely inspired me :) Those look amazing! How long did they take to build? I’m thinking about building a couple for our cabin, it totally fits the “cabin” theme. We’re all a little to big to actually use them, but I bet they would look good as decorations. If by any chance you made plans before building these, please share them, I would love to build some of my own.

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#6 posted 01-31-2011 06:10 AM

engineerkid: I built these by sending for the Rockler WoodworkingTeddy Bear Rocker plan ($7.95). I can easily knock off 1 chair in a week (working half time) and you’re right: they look really cute as decorations.

-- 70 is the new 50!

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#7 posted 01-31-2011 07:48 AM

Great looking rockers. Sorry you did not sell any, but that is the way it is now of days. I sure am glad I do not have to make a living any more doing woodworking. Made good money doing it for years. Family members, grandkids, good friends and church are my only customers now. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 02-01-2011 03:12 AM

Nice work Johnzo,
i really like the face and the details at back,if you still have at least one ill definitely buy! let me know price, i collect and make my own wood pieces as well and know it takes great talent and time to make these cool projects.

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#9 posted 02-03-2011 11:05 PM

My wife found that plan recently and wants me to make one for our daughter.

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#10 posted 02-05-2011 08:26 PM

Great work. Maybe consider donating to a local woman’s and children house. Maybe the YWCA could be a starting point for a good home for them

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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