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Blog entry by aj posted 05-20-2014 04:14 PM 1563 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

hey my name is aj I am a 13 year boy who loves woodworking and I am not bad at it. my dream job would be a custom woodworker, so I am looking to start some cash flow. I am looking for suggestions for what to make and sell and where. right know I have tried EBAY, but people don’t just go looking for that stuff on EBAY. I have thought about craft fair, but the ones in my area are to expensive.

any suggestions?

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#1 posted 05-20-2014 04:17 PM

I would recommend you make small toys and other items that grandparents would buy.
Sell them at flea markets, where grandparents hang out.
There are number of plans for small block puzzles and toys you should be able to find.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I should be a genius!

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#2 posted 05-20-2014 09:11 PM

Another idea would be to make things your classmates would like. That would make it easier to market your products by word of mouth and it shouldn’t take so much of your woodworking time away either. Remember that the other kids often buy presents for their parents, brothers, sisters and friends. That way you can make a lot of different kinds of things which will keep the work interesting and you will also learn a lot. Good luck whatever you choose to make and the way you choose to sell.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 05-21-2014 12:37 AM

That is a great idea stefang the problem is that I am homeschooled.

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#4 posted 05-21-2014 04:20 AM

Do you live city, suburb or rural? Rural you can make utility objects and put them on a stand. City or suburbs try holding an occasional yard sale that is just your items. Works especially well if there are neighborhood sales. Part of a church? Could ask the pastor or committee leader if you can set a table at the rummage sale, offer a percentage of sales and help with cclean up. Remind people around Christmas time that you make items. Good luck with what you come up with.

-- A posse ad esse

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Scott R. Turner

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#5 posted 05-21-2014 06:09 PM

You might try looking through Etsy to see what folks are selling there. Someone just recently posted to here about selling wooden combs on Etsy, for example.

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#6 posted 05-21-2014 06:20 PM

Go on Esty . I do great on that site.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#7 posted 05-21-2014 06:34 PM

I would try to sell on Etsy and sites like that. As for what to sell, sell things you like to make. Have fun with it. Don’t force yourself to make things just to make money. If you do that, then you will start to hate woodworking. Because you will think of it as a “job” not a career.

That’s my two cents, take it for what it is worth.

P.S. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- While teaching a class, a gentlemen once asked me: "When chip carving an intricate design, what do you do when you are almost finished and the wood breaks off?" I replied "Cover the kids ears."

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