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Old 06-12-2018, 07:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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If you are a woodworker in addition to a pen turner and have some tools, try these cutting boards - they sell very well. You need several species of wood with colors that please you. Look at mine or visit Etsy or eBay to get ideas. True your table saw with an engineer’s square to 90 degrees. Joint the pieces if you can. Make your joints very tight and use TiteBond 3 glue. Plane and/or drum sand flush. Sand well to 220-320 after 1/4” round over routing. Use Howard’s Butcher Block Conditioner as the only finish - no staining! Mine are 12” x 11” and as thick as I can get after everything is flush and smooth. I start with 4/4 wood.


Expect to sell them quickly. I have made 10 and have one left. As you can see (if you tilt your head, I have 8 more in process.
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Nice! Seems like prices are all over the place on Etsy.
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I charge $40-$50 and make sales; your mileage may vary. If I sell all 8 in process I’ll make money, buy more wood and get to work again. Last weekend, out of $1000 in sales, one third was cutting boards. That was with $6,000 in pen inventory!

PS - people went through the stack of five to find their favorite, then the stack of four, etc. They like that theirs is unique so I don’t get each one the same.
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Thanks for sharing these thoughts and ideas, Mark.

Carrying around $6000 inventory in pens versus selling 90% of your cutting boards is quite a contrast.
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Thanks for sharing these thoughts and ideas, Mark.

Carrying around $6000 inventory in pens versus selling 90% of your cutting boards is quite a contrast.

40% of sales were pens: steampunk, bolt and stratus this time.
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