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kolwdwrkr

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#1 posted 10-04-2008 06:40 PM

Chances are in todays market and economy the odds of making a living in custom furniture are slim. There’s way to much competition and to many imported products. Maybe if you stayed in Ireland you could have imported a ton of furniture here since that seems to be americas “thing”. (I’m just saying Americans tend to be buying imported crap ((I’m not saying what you would import would be crap)) for cheaper then to buy from their friends and neighbors to help their communities)
My thoughts for you would be to make custom cabinetry and try to design them towards furniture. In other words add columns, base moulding instead of kicks, onlays, etc. I’ve been trying to sell custom furniture since I started my shop 4 years ago and have sold several pieces on commission. They sold through designers. Had I not known the designers I wouldn’t have sold them. As you grow your woodworking business you will see more and more orders for furniture pieces.
Bottom line. Start off in custom cabinetry and millwork, gain the clientel, then market your furniture to those people. Don’t expect to jump in selling furniture. In my opinion it won’t happen. Best of luck to ya

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