Hello everyone!! My name is TJ Christiansen. I am 31 years old(07/15/81) and have been an avid woodworker for most of my life. I have spent the past five years teaching High School Woodworking and Welding. I am at a point in my life where I want to use my creativity in a direction that can become more than just a hobby. These football themed serving trays are just the beginning of me starting my own custom woodworking business. I would like to mass produce these and sell them both locally and online. After football season is over I would like to continue designing and creating other themed trays such as basketball and baseball in addition to other themes besides sports.
Using a ShopBot, which is a computer controlled router, I will be able to cut out all of my designs. A ShopBot will re-cut each serving tray over and over again exactly the same as the last cut. Each serving tray cuts out in less than 3 minutes on the ShopBot. If I were using traditional woodworking techniques there would be at least one hour’s worth of work per serving tray.
With the prize money I would purchase a ShopBot CNC router for equipment, wood for the materials and the remaining money would go into creating a professional website and putting together a business plan with the help of a marketing team.