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#1 posted 09-13-2012 04:03 AM

I don’t mill wood but I do know something about selling custom
made goods. The secret is to position your business as either
having skill or capacity beyond what your competitors offer. A
shop that can competently execute architect drawings in wood
and sheet goods can be a good money maker. There is a great
deal to learn and the machinery investment to do work to
the standard architects expect is more than what you need
to do fine wood furniture, but there’s good money in it if you
run an efficient shop and know which jobs to turn down
and which ones to pursue.

There are some 2 man shops that do nothing but run a
4 or 5 head moulder. I talked to one guy who said
his uncle sold all his cabinet machinery and invested
in a big Weinig moulder and stays busy running it…
in Alaska. I think the wood was cut local but mostly the
finished product was shipping down to the lower 48.

There are a lot of ways to make money processing wood,
but if you want to do it as a money-making endeavor,
you should look into manufacturing and/or packaging
components. This is what most custom shops actually
do – they fabricate the stuff they need custom and
can do efficiently with the equipment and labor in-house,
but stuff like doors and drawer boxes, delivery and installation
are often farmed out.

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