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see something for sale so you build it

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by jellis11, Aug 8, 2012.

  1. jellis11

    jellis11 Yippee-ki-yay

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    The Harbor Freight thread made me think of this.

    Do you guys ever see something at the store or in a magazine that is pretty cool... but costs way too much *usually made of wood* So you just build it?

    I am not a good wood worker by any means. My wife gets pottery barn and some other catalog all the time and I see things in there that are pretty cool. Just the other day I saw some shelving in a set. A 4', 3', and 2' self. It was over $200 for the set! It had the exact dimensions in the catalog so I went to the store, got some wood... cut, sanded, stained then got some brackets and made the EXACT same thing for $40! Did some little halloween and christmas signs last year I saw and doing the same this year.

    Makes me think people really overpay for connivence and makes me feel like I can make something too!
     
  2. XDRoX

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    Up up down down left right left right A B select start :supergrin:
     
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  3. USMCsilver

    USMCsilver Boat Life ©

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    Sure. Done it many times. My last was a stool so my kid could pee @ the toilet. Used a Dremel to cut out his name in the top. Turned out quite well. I'll be back if I can find a pic. :)

    EDIT; the left and right sides have reliefed hand-holds so he can easily grasp and move it. We live in a log cabin, so I matched the stain to the logs.

    He's gotten good use outta it!

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  4. Folsom_Prison

    Folsom_Prison Brew Crew

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    I'm not to handy with woodwork, but I am with Steele. I made my own V8 swap mounts for my S-10 that are identical to some that can be purchased online.
     
  5. janice6

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    I used to make steel tools for steering wheel pullers, disc brake compressors (Suby pads needed to be screwed in), all kinds of hoisting adapters for engines. Body/frame jigs for pulling/pushing.

    I love to work with steel so some times I make stuff just because I can.
     
  6. youngdocglock

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    YES! i saw a hand folded katana made from steel ore in japan made by a master sword maker for like $5,000. So i researched making steel from coal in a home made deep pit oven. Then talked to a buddy of mine thats a blacksmith.

    One weekend we decided to try it out. Made some nice steel. then a weekend chop job turned into a 8 day event.

    Result? Hand made katana. Steel folded 5,000 times at the end. strong enough to put in a vice and crank on for hours without breaking and sharp enough to cut a man in half. Coolest thing i've ever made. Its hanging in his shop now next to about 20 photos of the creation process :)
     
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    Yes. It's not wood but along the same lines - machining.

    My dad is a retired machinist/tool and die maker and I'm trying to learn as much as I can while he's still here. I never realized that with his skills (40+ years of experience), access to the right tools and metals he can make pretty much anything he wants.

    I have a few projects I'd like to do/learn. A couple of them are firearms related...
     
  8. youngdocglock

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    heck if you get good enough on machines. you can MAKE your own gun outright. slide, frame.........skies the limit
     
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    I saw a couple of HMMWVs for sale but the seller wouldn't budge on the price. I decided to buy some CAD drawings of a HMMWV and build something similar myself (on a 3/4 ton suburban frame though)

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  11. RedTop

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    K9medic - That's great!
     
  12. Disintegr8or

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    Wow that is awesome! K9medic



    Yes. I build a LOT of distressed tables and furniture similar to Pottery Barn out of $20 worth of spruce and pine and sell it on CL for a couple hundred bucks each.
     
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    I'm in the process of designing a bed frame to make. The ones in my price range are ,made of particle board. The hard wood ones cost at least double. I should be able to make it with cedar for less than the cheap ones.

    Helped my dad build a dock. Saved quite a bit, sold it for profit.
     
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    CLoft239 I Like Turtles

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    Contra FTW!

    Sent from the Titanic. I named my phone "The Titanic" so when I plug it into the computer it says "The Titanic is syncing".
     
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    All the time! I have built about half of my home gym in my shop. Plus some implements for my brother to unroll his large round hay bales. Installed a 5.3L Vortec into my 85 GMC and made all the swap brackets for that.

    When making my gym equipment, I can take the best feature of different makers and combine them into one machine that has everything I want/like/need.

    Working for a fab shop helps, I can get steel dirt cheap. And whatever is in the scrap bin is all free.

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  16. DoubleWide

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    Have you considered making something different looking? I'm all for it, but I'd be tempted to either give it an original look or at least an unpurchaseable prototype look if I went to the trouble of making it myself. Of course, following the CAD drawings probably is a lot less work.
     
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    Sure--I like to make stuff. It's fun.

    On the other hand, my time is valuable too.

    So I only build stuff if I think it'll be fun. Otherwise, even if it's overpriced, I'll just buy.
     
  18. k9medic

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    I had to have the CAD drawings for the parts to fit correctly. The rear quarter panels are factory panels as is the hood. There are a few guys who have put their own flair on it though.

    The purpose of this beat is to tow my boat. I'll be setting it up with 3 rows of seats and a full roll bar. (Think really big jeep). Right now it's on 37" tires on 20" rims.

    Some guys go all out with accuracy while others take creative design. I like the H1/M998 design but I have to make it practical for me.

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    Creative design -

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    geofri Poikilotherm™ Lifetime Member

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    You will be posting all those photos..right?:wavey:
     
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    byf43 NRA Life Member

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    Why buy Adirondack Chairs for $90 to $130 apiece, when I can make them for $15.00-$20.00??

    A bunch of years ago, my wife spotted a kitchen trashcan made from wood, at a crafters' show.
    She bought the thing for $85.00.

    My Mom and my M-I-L liked it, so, I duplicated it.
    Bought a kit from Sears, kinda like a pantograph, that allows you to use a router and a pattern and cut a design in wood.


    Started banging these things out, like crazy.
    My wife took 15 of them to work, for a 'craft fair' and sold every one of them for $90 apiece. (I had $13.00 in wood, in each one of 'em.) Slap some stain on it. . . . let 'er go!

    Some had cows on the top. Some had chickens. A couple of them had "Trash" routed on the top. (Quite unique lid, huh!?!?!?!!?):supergrin:
     
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