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HornedWoodwork

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#1 posted 05-15-2015 04:56 PM

My general rules when making things to sell are;

1. Mass production is a must to optimize the time and expense of the shop and to keep production costs low enough to turn a profit. This could mean turning out as few as 10 units, depending on what you make and how much you charge.

2. Templates/jigs are the key to mass production

3. The fewer times you need to touch the parts, the faster and cheaper you can produce them

Look for builds that can be easily translated to templates and require a relatively small amount of wood to produce. I’ve had success with things like, scroll-sawn puzzles, lamps, benches, and wall decorations. Larger pieces, which are hard to template, can still be profitable if most of the work can be completed with just one or two setups. I’ve made simple outdoor furniture this way from 2X stock and sold that with no problem. Make 10 or 15 picnic tables and put a sign on the lawn “Picnic tables – $50.00” you’ll sell out by Memorial Day!

These projects are for profit and I’ve always found them a little boring and not very technical, but they pay for my hobby so I won’t complain about it.

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