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Blog entry by Tom Godfrey posted 06-12-2012 05:40 PM 3546 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Now that I have been a member of this site for a day and spent more time than I want to admit looking at all the great projects and impressed by the quality of work and the many different ideas how we all get to the same place. There seems to be no end to all the different ways to make things. One thing for sure I don’t think anyone on this site is bored.

The comment sections interest me in the fact that some items get a lot of comments while others seem to get none. Now what does that tell me? It seems most of use are excited or really excited when a new idea is posted. I know we all think why didn’t I think of that and I want to make one.

I will admit I search the posted projects getting ideas of what to make and ideas how to make and make it different. I like doing something different that no one else has made or something you cant buy in the store. For sure you cant buy the type work that is posted on this site in the average store. Guess that is what makes everyone of you special in your own way.

Now I wonder how many of you are making money at what you are doing? To be honest my overall goal is to make some money. Not get rich, heck I wouldn’t know how to act if I were rich. Don’t want to be rich. I have to much fun dreaming about the next tool I can buy or save up enough to get that tool I want so bad. Being rich would take all the fun of life out of me.

Worked hard all my life and don’t have a lot but at least what I got I got from hard work and dreaming. Still work hard and still dream.

Enough said for today. I will continue to read, check out the projects posted and continue to dream, not only for today but the future.

Take care, hoping you are having a great day and please some time today stop and count your blessings.

Mr. Tom
www.mrtomswoodworking.com
864-384-4938

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (tom@thcww.com)



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Dennisgrosen

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#1 posted 06-12-2012 06:09 PM

and now you have an idea of how addictive lumberjock is ….. LOL

welcome …... enjoy and have fune while you hang around on this corner
its a great bunch of Gals and Jocks to be with

Dennis

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helluvawreck

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#2 posted 06-12-2012 06:11 PM

Mr. Tom, I’ve pretty much made it a lifetime goal of not making and accumulating any money. I’ll have to say that after all of these years I’ve been pretty dang successful at it, too. ;-|

Welcome to Lumberjocks. Have fun.

helluvawreck
https://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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PurpLev

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#3 posted 06-12-2012 06:30 PM

welcome aboard, sounds like you’ve got the right ideas in mind.

I personally don’t make a living woodworking, but it IS most definitely possible to use it as an additional income if one chooses it to, or become a full time business – all up to you and what you want to make of it.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Infernal2

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#4 posted 06-12-2012 09:17 PM

Welcome to the addic…. err… website!

I don’t really make money off of the smaller projects I make though I still do a pretty brisk business in restorative construction. In fact, since the recession my restorative business is doing a heck of a lot better though this could be because instead of buying new, people are spending money to improve what they have.

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stefang

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#5 posted 06-13-2012 12:18 PM

I don’t think most people realize how hard it is to sell things, even really nice things. Selling requires a lot of effort, cost and time. If you are good at designing and you can produce your products efficiently, then it is probably best to get someone else who knows what they are doing to sell it for you, unless of course you have some marketing skills. Either way there is considerable cost involved. Remember that time is money too!

I think craft shows have one advantage. The craftsman gets a chance to directly observe what interests prospective customers the most. You don’t have to sell at a craft show to observe this. you can just walk around and see what kind of products generate the most interest and seem to be selling. No cost above your free time and the entrance fee.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Don W

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#6 posted 06-13-2012 12:31 PM

i figured out some time ago its cheaper to give stuff away.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Tom Godfrey

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#7 posted 06-13-2012 05:49 PM

Thanks for all the information on making money doing wood work. First let me tell you this, I don’t think I am cut out to be a sales person. I have a problem putting a price on anything I do. I look around and check the internet and see prices way out of my budget and think I can sell one like that for half the price but that never works.

Someone told me a few days ago try to make things that sell for less that twenty dollars. After thinking it over that may work. So that being said I think I am going to make a lot of small items and see if I can sell them at a craft show or Just some place along side of the road. Have to find good location.
One thing for sure I got to start making some money or stop making things and buying tools. LOL

Just got an idea!!! Maybe I need to hire me a young sexy lady for a sales person. I know a lot of dumb stupid men will at least stop, where they buy anything would be another question.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (tom@thcww.com)

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shipwright

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#8 posted 06-13-2012 07:08 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks Tom.
You won’t run out of great projects to look at any time soon.
We look forward to seeing yours.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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DaddyZ

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#9 posted 06-13-2012 07:54 PM

Welcome Along !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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