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#1 posted 04-26-2013 02:19 AM

Client education is fundamental to making money in custom
woodworking. These days there is a lot of inexpensive
stuff produced in factories and most people have not been
trained to appreciate good craftsmanship.

If doing favor jobs for friends and family, I recommend keeping
the project surface areas modest (less sanding), the finishing
simple (oil is easy), and make sure you work in an opportunity
to do something challenging with each project so your skills
and portfolio grow.

Ultimately, if you want to make some decent money as a
custom woodworker, you’ll need a portfolio ladies will look
at and think “my husband/dad may be good with tools, but
he most definitely could not pull that off”. When your
work is at the level where it shows that you can do stuff
most hobbiests can’t, then the checkbooks come out.

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