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Old 10-26-2014, 10:24 PM
richf richf is offline
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Default Rich Fennessey - Precision Sign and Post

Haven't checked in much lately. I've been super busy with auto and solar projects and some CNC related. I just did two craft fairs this month and remembered to actually have a picture taken of my booth. I figure this was appropriate to start out my personal thread since this shows several of my products. I do 3 or 4 craft fairs a year, mainly just the ones within a few minutes of my place.

I started my business a couple years back with the purchase of my Camaster and slowly built up a product line. I use craft fairs to introduce myself to the local community since I don't have a store front and I live off the road enough that even if I had a sign for my business, nobody would see it. I used the events as a goal date for introducing new products and getting prepared for business. Early on, I struggled to get business cards and brochures together and to even have anything to sell and would get some custom orders. I also get great ideas from folks asking me questions about what I can do or what they are looking for.

Another thing I was going to mention is that I needed a larger than a 4'x4' table three times this last week. Most things I make usually fit within a 4x4 or usually even smaller. This last week, I cut a 4'x5' sign profile for a local sign place, cut a full 4x8 sheet full of snow board design templates for a local college student, and a 5' trebuchet arm for my youngest daughter's physics team project. It was a run on large items which are usually far and few between.
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Old 10-26-2014, 11:23 PM
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Rich, your signs are very well done.
Would you be willing to share more information on the trebuchet parts?
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Old 10-26-2014, 11:46 PM
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Default Trebuchets

If you search this forum for trebuchet, you'll find two of my older posts. First link is the one my older daughter made last year - I cut the arm based on her specs and helped her team with some of the metal cutting/shaping. The 2nd link was from 2012 and was our first trebuchet (under the thread title corian cutting boards). I helped her more with that one. I haven't seen the one my younger daughter did yet, I just cut the arm last week and they installed it and were target practicing successfully today. They are supposed to shoot water balloon 100 feet accurately. I'm hoping to get out of work for a couple hours Friday and watch this years competition. It is a lot of fun to see what the kids come up with. My daughter's team last year had the smallest trebuchet on the field but it still hit the target.

http://camheads.org/showthread.php?t...ight=trebuchet
http://camheads.org/showthread.php?t...ight=trebuchet
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Old 10-26-2014, 11:59 PM
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Rich, don't hope to get out of work to see this.....

Do it!!

Your daughter will be as proud as you.

We have to make memories. Love and memories....

Thanks for reposting your previous posts. I really want to build one to chunk stuff out into our field!!!!!!!!!
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Old 10-27-2014, 04:48 AM
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I like your signs, Rich. Nice clean work.
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Old 10-27-2014, 09:48 PM
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Your signs look great and having tried craft fairs it is very tough to figure out what folks will buy...... But I will try some of your ideas and let you know next year.

What Nick said about your daughter is correct...I have finally made it to the point in my day job where I can do that and it is worth every minute missed from work to be there. Just wish I could have been there for the oldest girl.
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Old 11-06-2014, 11:29 PM
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I went to the event last Friday and my daughter's team did real well. They hit the target every time. There was an overall success rate of about 30% of teams hitting the target. Here are a few pictures.
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Old 11-07-2014, 12:28 PM
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How nice is that Rich!!!

I agree with Nick and Neal. We need to make money to feed our family's but when it's all said and done the things our kids will remember will be the times we spent with them not the new shoes we bought them. We have a great bunch of people here.

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Old 11-17-2018, 10:11 PM
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Old 11-17-2018, 10:24 PM
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I haven't been posting much but occasionally check in. I'm like steady as she goes on my side business. I basically try not to make any signs and have been kept busy manufacturing cutting boards and adding a new product occasionally. My main business is manufacturing corian cutting boards for another company but I sell some myself at craft fairs 2-3 times per year. Here is a picture of my setup from last year that shows my product line. I started doing much better at craft shows when I just focused on cutting boards and didn't try to sell the other things that I make.

I checked in today because my X3 stopped working and I was looking for hints for troubleshooting. I'll post about that over in a different area later.
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