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#1 posted 08-06-2012 10:04 PM

I’ve made a little bit of money from my wood working hobby and while I do agree in general, I find that I get a lot of customers by doing free stuff.
For instance, I had a couple of cardboard beer cases full of 1 1/2” x 1 1/2” x 1 1/4” blocks. These were cut offs from a project I did.
I didn’t want to waste them so I made some cheese cutting boards, small trivets and other stuff out of them. I think total cost was a bottle of glue.
I gave these away as ‘friendship’ gifts, house warming gifts with the welcome wagon lady, and I even made some coasters that I would give away 4 at a time to anyone who stopped by.
From that little bit of advertising I got commissions for 4- 36” x 24” x 2” cutting boards at $300 each, not end grain, just maple and walnut. A pair of butcher block chopping blocks on roll around castors to be used for butchering wild game $550/each, and a set of bedside tables made from mostly plywood and some veneer over them to make them look pretty $200 each.

Location, Location, Location might be very important, but I think that good advertising is also important. The stuff I made and gave away was waste and could have been burned in the stove, but instead I invested a little time and a little glue to make $2500+ in a single month.

Now, it is to be said, I’m not a professional wood worker and some of my works sucks big green weenies, but I think this idea has merit and can be carried on farther.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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