I started a business making and selling high-quality clothespins. I am making the clothespins using basic woodworking tools. It is tedious work. I can't begin to meet market demand. I'm looking for a company, preferably in the Northeast, that has the capability of machining the clothespin halves for me in large quantities.
My web site link tells about the clothespins and has pictures of the finished product.
I would appreciate any advice about a company that might be interested in working with me on this product.
Herrick - You have made my day. While I can't say that I use clothespins of any sort, I really do appreciate the fact that you have identified a simple product that is now so poorly made (and understood) that it fails to do the very job it was made to do. A complete waste of time, resources, energy and spirit.
You seem to know who made what, when and where. I'd go to those places that last made the clothespins and ask around. Maybe in retirement homes, or the central store in the small towns around there until you connect with some folks that worked there and can connect you to the production people. My thought is that the machines may even still be around somewhere. You may also try with some older machinery dealers in the area to see if they supplied any of those plants.
I wish you the very best of luck in your endeavor.
I see there are two people who have said that they may be able to help you. To shed a bit more light, while I've never done it, it's relatively "simple" (though not necessarily "easy").
What you need is a 4-sided moulder with a grooved bed and hopper feeder so you can run short stock through it. The first bottom head mills the grooves the keep the blanks aligned. The blanks run through "sideways", and will be ripped to width (separate process) after moulding.
Thanks for the technical information. I've been hesitant to proceed with this, thinking that I can still make the clothespins with my basic woodworking equipment, and not sure if I wanted to make a big investment in having someone else manufacture these. But I'm now to the point of proceeding with the idea of having someone else mill the halves to my specifications.
I will sand, finish and assemble.
I've contacted the two people above who have expressed an interest in doing this for me. Is there anyone else out there with the equipment and know-how, preferably in the Northeast?
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