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#1 posted 03-12-2018 01:51 PM

Do a search on youtube. There are several stories of the youtube creator’s lives and several of them started by making and selling stuff, then went into the more production/education field with their channels. Some that come to mind are Jay Bates and Dave Picciuto (Make Something). There are lots of podcasts too, like Making It with Jimmy Diresta (who did that for most of his career) among many others.

Tables look nice. I’d be a little worried about the joints at the corners of the top trim getting loose over time because of panel expansion, but they’re not excessively wide so they might be fine. I could see someone up here in Michigan buying those for a cabin up north.

As far as pricing goes, you’ll probably want to log your time or estimate how many pieces you could make in a day (not including waiting time for glue or finish to dry) and charge a flat daily rate divided out over how many of those pieces you could do in a day. Your price needs to cover materials plus overhead stuff like your time, utilities, insurance, facilities, taxes, and profit. You might not have some of these if you’re just starting out, but if you’re serious about making it a business they all need to be taken into account or you’ll price yourself out of business.

I’ve been discouraged as a beginner because I spend so long on each piece – still lots of learning, not the right tools to do things efficiently, I have a day job, etc. I’ve found that I can’t charge enough to cover my time and still be competitive enough to move pieces. I can make money, but not what my time is worth. As I build out my shop though, this is getting better. I don’t want to discourage you, but I’ve found it’s tough as a beginner unless you can really nail down an assembly line for one thing, do a bunch, and make decent money on it too.

As John says, you’ll have to find something that “goes” in your area too – everyone’s tastes are different. And I agree, good pictures will help with good prices (for you).

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