Tried to post this before, but it never showed up. Sorry if it pops up twice.
I have a website that lists a number of free woodworking plans. I've
also started a free woodworking auction. I thought it might be nice for
folks to sell / buy equipment without having to pay eBay. It's
completely free. Although you probably won't get as much exposure as
eBay, I thought I'd test the waters a bit.
Auction site: www.drillbitsplus.com/cgi-bin/auction.pl
Well thanks for the brutal honesty. I was thinking more on the lines
of people who wanted to sell their work. They could get exposure to
folks specifically looking for things related to woodworking. The
website doesn't get eBay traffic, but then everyone coming to eBay is
not necessarily looking for something woodworking related. So not
trying to make a living at this, just thought it might be useful for
folks and they can upload pictures and list things, kind of like a
catalog for the builder, where only people associated or looking for
this type of stuff would be coming. Thats why its free.
And I see my other post now. Wonder why it wasn't there before?
Yeah, well, I'm like that. Doesn't always get taken the way I intended
it, but I'm OK with that.
In order to attract anyone, you'd have to differentiate it in some
meaningful way that would draw people away from an existing resource.
Also, free sites, while well intentioned, will have a cost to someone.
Lots of free sites end up just going away when the person hosting
it gets tired of it, or it gets big enough that it starts costing
It's all FM, my friend, and I don't mean "Frequency Modulation".
Thanks for the insight. I listed a BB for people to share ideas, but
it's probably much easier and has more of a community here. As for
free, you're right it has to cost someone. Really the hosting is the
only expense, but my wife would tell you it's time away from her and
Did you look at the list of free plans? It's amazing all the things
one can find on the internet. I built the rocking horse for my
trying to sell for amazon.com doesnt really work that well.
people are smart enough to figure out what you're doing.....that you really
dont carry this and that, but you're just sending them to amazon.
nice try though.
I never tried to hide the Amazon factor, theirs no conspiracy here.
Having links to their site makes just enough money to allow me to keep
the website hosted. My post was not intended to get people to buy
something from me (although I'm not going to push people away), my
intent was to pass along two aspects of my site I thought were
worthwhile to people who enjoyed woodworking. The list of free plans
and the auction.
I must say I'm a bit disappointed at the reception I've received, I
was only wanting to share what I've worked for the last 2 years to
create. Who cares if Amazon is part of it! I don't make a living at
this, I do this for fun, and that includes my hobby of woodworking.
So if you're not interested, so be it.
Thanks for making a fellow woodworker feel so unwelcome.
Hi ... I read the responses and see you got ragged on a bit. Buck up, old
chum, the world is full of people who complain because they just don't
know what else to do. Build it and they'll come. Build it right and
they'll come and take money out of their pockets to add to your collection.
I would like to point out that the auction site will get a lot
more use once you put a link to it on the home page and make the process
of listing an item more or less self-evident.
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