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Product idea - advice needed6/16
I'm a designer with an idea for a product - a piece of wooden children's furniture - but very limited carpentry experience. I would like to have a prototype of the product produced, and to either sell it myself through a craft website or sell it to shops.
I am in need of advice on all parts of the process, but namely:
Many thanks in advance,
The best advice I can give you is to find a manufacturer that is already in the children's furniture business (I am not). What little I do know about that business is that there are a lot of rules and regulations around safety, with specific needs (pinch points, finishes, small swallow-able components, etc.) and materials involved. I recommend you NOT go to your local millwork shop and ask them to produce it, unless they have specific experience in the children's furniture arena. Good luck!
Good advice John S. I don't have enough liability insurance to even consider children's furniture. Look at what IKEA has to do with just a dresser tipping over! Scary business.
You are going to need a full set of CAD drawings if there are profile parts that will be made on a CNC router. If you can't do that, you need a fully dimensioned manual drawing so they can do the CAD and will be charging you for that. You'll roughly be paying $100/hour for prototype work. CAD drafting, and CNC time. Just a number to think about, but with no woodworking experience that doesn't help you much for an estimate.
Laura - where are you located?