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Forum topic by AM420 posted 01-11-2019 08:28 PM 882 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-11-2019 08:28 PM

The items have to be in the form of a “basket” of items, so people don’t use the charity raffle/auction to just get rid of old, used stuff. For example, one buy always does a beer holder (pretty sure he just buys the holder instead of making it) and last year I made a cutting board, but threw in a couple of kitchen items and cooking book.

I’ve been having a creativity block for something this year. If you have any ideas or seen something cool, please let e know. I’m pretty much a beginner, but I’ll give anything a shot.


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#1 posted 01-11-2019 08:41 PM

How about coasters with a couple of mugs and hot chocolate mix? Or a wooden tea box filled with different types of coffee and tea and a couple of mugs?

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

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#2 posted 01-11-2019 09:51 PM

Do you turn? You could knock out a handful of useful kitchen items if so. Let us know.
You could still make some good kitchen stuff without spending much money – cheese board, pickup some cheese knives and re-handle them, spoon rest, trivet(s), etc.

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#3 posted 01-16-2019 06:54 PM

Last school raffle I made a rustic/farmhouse serving tray out of some wood I had laying around the shop. We then put a new Keurig on it and had people donate coffee/tea related items. Only problem is afterwards my wife said a bunch of people wanted to buy one.

This year, I am thinking of something like a cutting board or cheese serving tray. Either like this one below or the trendy “river” way of flipping a live edge and epoxying between. The school moms are definitely into what is trendy and will pay more for raffle items like this.
I am thinking link this though:

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#4 posted 01-16-2019 07:00 PM

Wine bottle stoppers, bowls, insulated mugs…I do those frequently for work gift exchanges or client gifts. People love them and they are pretty easy to crank out.

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#5 posted 01-16-2019 09:46 PM

I item I have made quite a few of and the kitchen people (cooks) always seem to enjoy them is trivets like the one pictured here. I prefer to use Beech wood and finish them with processed Walnut oil but linseed oil would work….not mineral oil however. I have made them in all sizes from 6”X6” to 12 X 18. If you make a tray to go under the larger ones they also serve as a bread slicing board and the crumbs drop into the tray.
From a solid board you just lay out your 1/2 dado lines cut the dado then slice the pieces off the board; sand if needed and assemble with a little glue on the joint.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#6 posted 01-17-2019 02:08 PM

Trivets are always a good item for events like that. Here are a couple I have done. They weren’t posted as projects but still made them. One is a folding trivet. However, this one is a much simpler approach with the same outcome, i.e. I did this one! The other is a sort of penrose triangle. There are several posted here for reference. I think any sort of small kitchen item would be good.

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#7 posted 01-17-2019 04:17 PM

Teddy bear shaped band saw box stuffed with candy bars.
Anyone with kids or sweet tooth will fight over it.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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