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I have a good size cnc machine and am looking to start making some wooden objects and was wondering if anyone had any ideas of things i could make and sell on ebay.  These items can be fully custom also.  Trying to keep the size of the items not to large.

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I have a buddy who made a wooden jewelry box in a shape of a heart.He did it for his wife and she loved it. He had a few guys asking him to make them one as well.It wasn't no bigger than i wanna say 4 Width" x4" Length X 3" Thick.It was cut in half and hollowed out.Don't remember what he lined the inside of it with.Pretty cool what he did with it since he did it at work during Christmas week when we were slow of work that week.

Very neat little idea i can see making some money off of on Ebay.

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Keep in mind that wood products machined from solid wood have a tendency to crack or split.

The orientation of the grain to the product is very important, particularly in pieces that would be hollowed out such as jewelry boxes.

The tendency to crack varies with the various types of wood.  That's why most wooden salad bowls are made of laminated wood.  It is also why plywood is more stable than solid wood.

Some wood products are better if they have an oil type of finish which can be "refreshed" periodically.  It makes the wood less susceptible to changes in humidity, and less likely to crack.  Again the salad bowl made from solid or laminated blocks of wood that has an oil finish will generally last longer.  For ornamental wood products, you can use most any type of finish.

For those which will be used in serving food some of the oil finishes are toxic.  While vegetable oil isn't toxic, it can get rancid.

I used to be a woodworker and have read a lot about wood.  However, I have no experience working with the type of products you will likely make, so my recollection of the particular details is not reliable.  I am confident in understanding the basic nature of working with wood.

You should be able to Google most of the particulars, and I would think there are members on here who do woodworking as a hobby that can provide knowledgeable advice on the types of wood and finishes that are suitable for items you may want to make.

Here's a brief article that will give you a quick insight to finishing food products.

It also contains info that shows my recollection about the finishes for food products was not accurate.  But, while about all finishes, with the obvious exception of lead paint, or finishes containing lead, are safe when fully cured, some are not practical for food handling wood products, simply because the finish on some products will need to be refreshed or repaired on a regular basis.

Paraffin wax on the other hand can be applied, the excess removed, and it's good to go immediately.

http://www.woodmagazine.com/materials-guide/finishes/is-your-finish-food-safe/

The best product I know of for cleaning and protecting wood products around the home such as furniture, stairs, floors, etc., is plain old lemon oil.

A drop goes a long way, so use very sparingly, and make sure you wipe off any excess.  It will penetrate into the wood, particularly any exposed end grain.  Doing it a couple or three times a year not only helps preserve the wood, but also makes it much easier to wipe clean, be it dust or spills.

As with any product be sure to read and understand the directions and cautions.

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How about a set of coasters to set your drink on.  You can wood burn pic's of different fish on the top and glue a cork base on the bottom so they don't slide. 

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x2 on crankbaits that was my first thought.

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I belong to a crossbow forum.  Some of the guys are making wooden stocks for crossbows an are getting anywhere from $250 to $500 for them depending on how fancy they are.  Google Wooden Crossbow stocks for an idea.  Also making custom riffle stocks.

Kelley

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Rod Rack?

X2 the ones you get at the store are junk.

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Big money in trim and interior decor.... I guess you need a lathe for some of that though.

Interior design a hobby of yours?   :-*

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You're gonna think this is weird, but every year we go to my parents beach house in Maine on the weekends. We would walk through the neighbor hoods to the store for coffee and muffins in the morning. A lot of people have tree faces made of wood which are nailed or screwed to the trees. My kids love seeing all the different tree faces during the walk.

My son wanted to put one up on a tree at my parents house, but we could never find one at a store.

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Big money in trim and interior decor.... I guess you need a lathe for some of that though.

Interior design a hobby of yours? :-*

Only when your wife has me over... BAM!

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Nice Stuff:

Crankbaits

Fish

Dogs

Cats

Birds

Pens

Nasty Stuff

Never mind!  ;D   ;D   ;D

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Get some PVC board and use that, then you don't need to worry about the grain :)

PVC chips really easy. dont know how good that would be.

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Get some PVC board and use that, then you don't need to worry about the grain :)

PVC chips really easy. dont know how good that would be.

pvc pipe maybe, but not the expanded pvc board that is used in lure building.

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Get some PVC board and use that, then you don't need to worry about the grain :)

PVC chips really easy. dont know how good that would be.

pvc pipe maybe, but not the expanded pvc board that is used in lure building.

ive used PVC board every day since 2001 and if you dont have the sharped bit it will chip and not cut.

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i am an engineering student so i was thinking of engineering some type of new rod securing and rod rack system that can be used in a boat or pulled out and used as a display or holder in the garage.  i Have the item drawn up on autocad and am hoping to start cutting it on the machine tommarow.  if i get the final product done anytime soon ill post some pics but i can truly say that this has never been done before and i could not find anything like it anywhere.

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