Wood Kit Operation

Hello Fellow woodcrafters,

Today’s blog, we the staff would like to discuss a little history, and some of the operations at CraftKitsandsupplies.com. In specific, we will discuss our wood kit operation.

CraftKitsandSupplies.com is a small company of several employees, and we operate out of a warehouse. We’ve been in business for over 25 years, and 95% of our business is internet based. We ship lots and lots of orders five days a week, to all over the USA, Canada, and Europe, via USPS and UPS.

At CraftKitsandSuplies.com we carry a very large selection of wood kits. Wood Kits such as, wood birdhouse kits, wood bird feeder kits, wood model kits, wood game kits, and etc. All of our wood kits are either import from China, or cut at our warehouse. While every year we import several containers of wood kits, managing inventory is always challenging and crucial. This is why, we maintain the ability to cut our own wood kits at our warehouse.

As with any business, controlling cost is number one. So how do we cut a small wood model kit (such as the Brandine II Birdhouse Kit), and sell it for as low as $3.49, and still make a profit? Most of our wood kits vary from about 7 pieces of wood to about 20 pieces of wood. All wood kits begin with a board 8 feet long, by 5/8” thick, and 5-1/2” wide. The 8 foot long board is then cut in half (two 4 footers). Next the 4 foot long boards are cut to either 1/8” or 1/4” thickness. From here, individual wood pieces are cut into their specific shapes. The wood is usually cut in multiple quantities, IE meaning one radial arm cut might produce 4-10 of the same wood pieces. Anyhow, one wood cutter, depending on the difficulty of the wood kit, can cut a few hundred wood kits a day. Once all the wood kits are cut, a packer then has to pack and seal the wood kits, with instructions, into a plastic bag.

That is folks, in a nutshell.

Now check out CraftKitsandSupplies.com. We carry over 100 different birdhouses and birdhouse kits. Some are just cute little craft projects, while some are real size birdhouses made for nesting birds.

Birdhouse Construction

Hello Fellow Crafters,

In this blog, we the staff at CraftKitsandSupplies.com, would like to discuss a few tips in constructing your own Birdhouse from scratch. While having power tools, or access to power tools is a big help, a very simple Bird House can be constructed from wood with some basic tools.

The first item needed for a birdhouse is wood. There are many different types of woods such as Oak, Ash, Cedar, Pine, Spruce, pressure treated wood, and etc. Hard woods will definitely last a lot longer, but will be extremely difficult to cut and nail without power tools. Therefore, we recommend a soft wood like pine or spruce for constructing your birdhouse. Soft woods won’t last as long as hard woods (depending on your local weather conditions), but can be lacquered or painted to increase their longevity.

The approximate amount of wood to construct a birdhouse would be one six foot board in length, and 5-1/2” x 5/8” in width and depth. Next you will need two dozen 1-1/4” 3D nails, some form of thin wire, a hammer, a small hand saw, a tape measure or ruler, and an electric drill with 1-1/4” drill bit. If you don’t have an electric drill, one of your friendly neighbors should have one. They are very common, these days.

Now you are ready to cut and bang away. At this point there are two basic birdhouse designs to construct. A simple “A” Frame Birdhouse and a simple Rectangular Birdhouse. We will discuss a simple Rectangular Birdhouse. While there are several different design sizes, we will suggest some basic measurements. One note, the symbol, ” implies inches.

1) First we will cut the Birdhouse BASE. From one end of the six foot board measure 6-3/4”, and cut this piece.
2) Next we will cut the four SIDES. From one end of the board measure 8”, and cut this piece. Repeat this step three more times.
3) Next is the ROOF. We want the roof to have a little overhang to protect the entrance of the birdhouse from the rain. Measure 8-3/4” from the end of the board and cut.
4) Now take ONE of the four SIDES, and drill a 1-1/4” hole about 5” up on the long side.
5) We are now ready to assembly. Without photo instructions, play with the pieces to understand how they should be nailed together. The best approach is to nail the four SIDES together first, followed by the BASE, and the ROOF. Make sure the ROOF overhang is over the SIDE with the hole.
6) At this point if you want to lacquered or paint your birdhouse, go for it.
7) Finally, the last step is to place the Birdhouse in a tree or area that is somewhat protected from the weather and predators. This can be done many ways, and here is where you might want to use a thin wire.

Now check out CraftKitsandSupplies.com. We carry over 100 different birdhouses and birdhouse kits. Some are just cute little craft projects, while some are real size birdhouses made for nesting birds.

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Hello Fellow Crafters,

At www.CraftKitsandSupplies.com we carry over 60 different Papier Mache shapes.  Papier Mache shapes such as rectangular boxes, heart shaped boxes, hats, and many other types of papier mache products.  In addition to Papier Mache shapes, www.CraftKitsandSupplies.com carries all 26 alphabet letters, twelve inches in size, in Papier Mache form.
Now, a little history and information about Papier Mache.  The word “Papier Mache” is a French word meaning “chewed paper”.  Papier Mache are a composite material consisting of paper pieces or pulp, sometimes reinforced with textiles, bound with an adhesive, such as starch, glue or wallpaper paste.

Papier Mache goes  far back to ancient Egypt, where they were used for coffins and death masks.  Papier Mache was used in the Middle and Far East as added decorative elements to armor and shields.  In Europe, in the 1700s, Papier Mache was used for building coach door panels, trays, chair backs, and other structural panels.  Today, Papier Mache is used mainly for crafting projects.

Today, Papier Mache is prepared mainly in two ways. The first method makes use of paper strips glued together with adhesive.  The second method, the more common one, is to use paper pulp, obtained by soaking or boiling paper, and then adding adhesive.  This second method then allows the pulp to be formed in any shape within a mold.
 
Now that you know a little more about Papier Mache, come check us out at www.CraftKitsandSupplies.com .  In addition to Papier Mache craft projects, we carry over 10,000 different craft items.  Also, use the coupon code “Craft11” on your first order, and get a 10% discount.  From our staff of Crafter Enthusiast, “Have Fun Crafting”.