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I'd dismantle and mill all of it down to usable boards. One option that I would do is make wooden memorial boxes (wooden urns). Sell them to the funeral homes in your area. This is something that I already do. I make the Urns in mahogany, red oak and hickory. Here's a sample of what you could do.So I have all of these red oak church pews, and the thick seat planks I acquires some time ago. I stripped off all of that foam and the two layers of fabric seat covers. I have a couple hundred pew ends and center supports made of very thick wood, I assume to also be red oak. I also have a few hundred of those back-of-the-pew Bible holders.
I have various tools, a table saw (actually two of them), handheld belt sanders and orbital sanders, bandsaws, drill presses, etc. etc. I have two planers ... a DeWalt benchtop unit and that new Grizzly Tools 20" helical planer.
I am having a mental block. What to DO with all of this wood?! My imagination reeled when I was piling them onto my trailer, but now I am just trying to look at this realistically, and figure out something that I can do as one guy working alone, to convert this HUGE pile of wood into cash. Here in Kentucky, the Wood Bee Traps are popular, but there are already too many people making them. Maybe bird feeders? Spice racks?
Some older projects are no longer viable, such as magazine holders. Who reads magazines anymore? TV trays? Vinyl record holders? Cassette tape cases? 🤪
I would like to turn it into something that I can sell. Perhaps make a few hundred ???'s and haul them off to a craft fair where I can sell them for $xx.xx each? Custom name plates and such are nice, but that is a piecemeal approach. For a flea market / swap meet situation, there would be no personalization. Just a lot of artsy-fartsy things people cannot live without 🤔
Every once in a while, I will see someone come up with a new thing that people line up to buy. While it is new and different, selling them is no problem. But it doesn't take long for the copycats to fill their booths with the same things. I remember one Christmas a few years ago, where a guy and his wife made the cutest teddy bears out of bark wrapped slices of wooden branches. He would glue or screw the basic parts together, and she would do the painted eyes and face, and such. People were standing in line to buy these things! The guy could barely make change fast enough.
I am lacking the motivation, mostly. Also, there is NO ONE who can come to help me. My good friend Dave had a massive stroke on New Year's Eve, and he is now paralyzed and basically out of commission.
What SELLS today? Birdhouses? Breadboxes? Wall clocks? I do like clocks. Maybe because I spent so much time staring at them in school. 😆 Maybe I should come up with some wall clock designs and go get the mechanisms from Hobby Lobby.
I have spent a lot of time browsing pinterest.com It certainly is an eye-candy store, but the last thing I want to do is to make a few hundred ???'s and find out that no one wants them.
I have a CNC plasma table and a CNC router table. I thought about routing the typical woodsy scenes into the BACKS of the benches (the flat side) and then inlaying either meta, or mirrored plexiglass, or ?? cut to the same shapes.
I am open to suggestions. I need to do something with this wood. I also need to find someone who can give me that kick in the ... to get out to the shops and DO SOMETHING!