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First Sell!

So I took a stab at selling some pens to help get some tool money and turned out to go pretty well. I've got about 1/3 of them completed so far.

With the profit I was able to convince the wife I should purchase a Laguna 14|12 band saw. It's arriving in 3-7hrs!!

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Excellent!
"course now she'll expect your hobby "aka affliction" to pay it's way....lol

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and I like gnarly wood--outcome is always better than the start.
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Well if I'm in need of some shop time I can always use this line, "Honey, I'm going to go work in the shop so you can get those shoes you wanted."
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The profit from seven pens was enough to buy a new Laguna band saw?

Clearly, I'm doing something wrong. What are you turning and where are you selling them?
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Congratulations, a good bandsaw is a wonderful tool to have in the shop.

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The profit from seven pens was enough to buy a new Laguna band saw?

Clearly, I'm doing something wrong. What are you turning and where are you selling them?
LOL! You missed "one third of them completed" -- so it's the profit from 21 pens that bought his bandsaw.

Damn, that's still over $50 profit per pen ... yeah, how'd you manage that?

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Guess I wasn't completely clear. The profit plus some of my own cash went towards the bandsaw. I averaged about $25-$30 a pen.
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Guess I wasn't completely clear. The profit plus some of my own cash went towards the bandsaw. I averaged about $25-$30 a pen.
I may have been guilty of ... uh ... "deliberate miscomprehension for comic effect"

Congratulations on making some sales, I'm sure it's tough to make a living at penmaking -- but I like it as a hobby that pays some of its own bills.

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I'm sure it's tough to make a living at penmaking -- but I like it as a hobby that pays some of its own bills.
Agreed, I am getting a little tired of pens, and have the urge to turn something bigger.

By the way here's the saw all set up!

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Congrats on making the sale and that is good profit on pens from what I have been told. Good looking saw I need one of those ion the worst way myself.
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Good job! Where were you selling at? I tend to hoard my pens, maybe time to make some room. Any tips?
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I was at a farmer's market in a fairly well of area. Most if the money came from mechanical pencils and fountain pens. I offered to take custom orders for a few wood and pen types.
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