A few tips for woodworking business.

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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 07-29-2017 05:51 PM 709 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-29-2017 05:51 PM

I started my shop about 6 years ago. Had lots of good tools and didn’t know what to make that would sell.
I tried making a few nice things that everyone loved, but no one bought.
I then turned to turning bowls. Got some sales, but no where near enough to justify not having a conventional job.

It was when I realized that you need to have a few items that lots of people want, and learn to make them better than anyone else.

Now I rely on two products, my Adirondack chairs,

and my mudroom lockers.

Doing this allows me to create a pattern for the product seeing I’m making hundreds a year. Patterns decrease build time and so does the experience of making a thing over and over. The mud lockers come in many varieties, but the principle is the same.

I think getting a couple products out there that sell well on Craigslist is really all you need. The occasional odd job comes around and you get a small break from your routine.


-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#1 posted 07-29-2017 08:02 PM

I think it has a lot to do with the experience you have gained since you started. It seems to me when you first started you didn’t know a lot about working with wood. Not many people want to buy from people with little to no experience. Concentrating on a few items definately seems to have benefited you. You have come a long ways, keep up the hard work.

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#2 posted 07-29-2017 09:49 PM

I guess you need to define a conventional job. I would say Making the same 2 pieces over and over is just a conventional job, where you happen to be self employed. There is nothing wrong with that, if you’re happy doing it.

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