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#1 posted 02-15-2011 09:20 PM

You can make money turning. There’s demand for turned parts and many
cabinet shops lack the skilled staff to do it in-house.

Look around your local market at houses. Depending on your area you
may see a lot of need for restoration turnings for exterior woodwork, or
very little. People with old houses are over a barrel because they need
the new turnings to match the extant ones. That’s a market for you.

Pens and turned boxes make appealing gifts, are easy for you to carry
to shows, mailable, and a low-enough price point that you can get more
impulsive sales.

There’s a market for turned work. Getting accurate and efficient at it
takes considerable practice, which is why there’s work for skilled turners.

A lot of getting good at it is learning to turn clean enough you don’t
have to do a lot of sanding. Sanding is a time-sucker and clients buy turnings
by the piece, not by your time invested. A lot of the guys turning burls
are spending so much time sanding and polishing the darned things they
can’t make much money at it because they have to price the work like
fine art – for which there is a market, but tough to crack and competitive.

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