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  • Large order...Interested?

    I get contacted several times a year from folks like the one below. I do not have a cnc and have no desire to obtain one.

    If you are interested. Do quality work and meet the requirements, contact me via PM I will pass along contact information to a few of you.

    Project Information:

    Timeframe: 1-2 months


    We have 5-10 different wooden toys to make for our toy business. We will be looking to make 100+ units of each, and quality standards and uniformity of construction need to be very high. We would like to begin production within weeks with a goal of completing within 1-2 months. We have prototypes built of many and drawings for others and can send images to shops interested in responding.
    Requirements: Attention to detail. Ability to take project from cutting through assembling and finishing/coating. Some projects (though not all) may require laser or CNC work. We would prefer a partner in the eastern half of the US to keep shipping costs down.
    We want to produce our products in the USA, but our competition is primarily imported from China, so competitive pricing is very important.
    Sorry for the lack of images here, but I didn't see a way to include them. Interested parties can email me and I will send more detail.
    "Still Montana Mike"

    "Don't worry about old age--it doesn't last that long."
    Mike's Wood-n-Things LLC

  • #2
    I have heard back from this person and they have an initial need of 600 units by the end of February, most of the 4 items he shared with me are pretty straight forward however a laser engraver would be required for one item. You might be able to convince him to use an applique if it were cost effective for this toy instead of laser engraving the numbers.
    "Still Montana Mike"

    "Don't worry about old age--it doesn't last that long."
    Mike's Wood-n-Things LLC


    • #3
      Hey Mike, this one is not up my alley but I just wanted to say thanks for past orders and to let you know your generosity is appreciated. Hopefully someone can benefit from this opportunity and it's nice that you present fellow forum members jobs that we may have not known about otherwise.

      Take care my friend!

      You are welcome. You did a nice job on those orders. I'll keep you in mind. I figured this one was not your cup of tea.
      Last edited by wood-n-things; 01-06-2012, 02:55 PM.

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      He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay,
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      And will trust in the Lord.
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      • #4
        I'm in the same boat not have a CNC machine. But it is nice to hear that a Company is willing to have someone in the US make the items for them to sell....just hope they understand the pricing will not be as low as having them built overseas.

        Thanks for the heads up. The wife have made animal signs for about 20 + years...anything from Welcome signs down to magnets, and every once in a while I would run into someone that wanted to purchase about 100,000 units....yea right!! Many orders would total up to a couple thousand magnets, but most of those stores have closed down and we only have one customer that orders that much a couple times a year. We miss the income, but I am having much more fun in the shop building items I really like.


        • #5
          It has been nice conversing back with this client. He really would like US made but is running into competition from imported similar items to what he sells. I've tried to impress upon him the fact that he should not compare his pricing to Chinese imports as he is selling a much higher quality item. I think I almost have him convinced. He has already begun the testing phase so that his company can be in compliance with the cpsc..
          "Still Montana Mike"

          "Don't worry about old age--it doesn't last that long."
          Mike's Wood-n-Things LLC


          • #6

            I know I should not get involved in this but curiosity won't let me stay away. LOL

            I don't think I can fit it in to my schedule but depending on how involved the projects are there might be an outside chance. Can you email me the pics?

            Engraving can be done on the CNC also here is some I did using a .0256" end mill the only thing is using bits that small really slows down production.

            The one other thing that concerns me is the paint for the finish. Wonder how long it takes to get through the testing phase, knowing the government that could take 6 months. LOL
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            • #7
              It is my understanding he already has preapproved paints and he is taking care of the testing and providing all finishes to ensure he is in compliance. Check your e-mail tim.
              "Still Montana Mike"

              "Don't worry about old age--it doesn't last that long."
              Mike's Wood-n-Things LLC


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