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Forum topic by jamesk posted 01-03-2010 01:25 AM 1022 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-03-2010 01:25 AM

You guys are great! I have recieved numerous welcome emails and posts… I feel right at home. Thank you.

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#1 posted 01-03-2010 01:27 AM

It all depends on your skill level and your market in your area.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 01-03-2010 01:32 AM

Well, I’m really new to this and don’t have a fancy workshop. I have made some fine cutting boards, walking canes and other items anyone would be proud to own. It’s all detailed handwork.

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#3 posted 01-03-2010 03:58 PM

Walking sticks do well around hear. Carved ones do OK, but the best sellers seem to be just stripped of bark, finished and a leather thong through the head. Most have a crutch tip.
Around $20+, IIRC.

Pictures laminated to BB and cut into jigsaw puzzles do pretty good, too. One guy offers to make them with the customer’s kid’s pictures.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#4 posted 01-03-2010 04:37 PM

gene, it seems like cutting up some child’s face with a jigsaw would be a little unnerving at first.

as to the original post, i see alot of outdoor furniture for sale around here, picnic tables, adirondack chairs, swings, etc. they’re fairly simple to build, with broad appeal. i just don’t know that there’s alot of money in it. remember, it’s an items uniqueness and your skill that will(might?) make you money with woodworking. unless you enjoy production work, you don’t want to be making easy items that puts you in competition with a lot of other people and imported junk.

also, check out pashley’s posts in the sweating bucks through woodworking section, he has lots of good advice/observations.

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#5 posted 01-03-2010 05:14 PM

Please don’t take this wrong, but your belief that ”.......anyone would be proud to own” something you’ve made might result it a lot of work and a lot of heartache. – lol

Twenty-some years ago, I made piles of wood towel racks, toilet paper holders, belt buckles, etc thinking that I would make a bunch of money selling these “way-cool” items at a craft boutique my wife ran with some of her friends. I think that I sold 8-10 pieces before I wound up giving some away and throwing the rest in the trash. At least I was able to move on. We still have a couple of boxes of “stuff” my wife was never able to sell, but won’t throw out. – lol

Make a few of your walking sticks and cutting boards to test the market, but remember that people open their wallets for reasons of their own.

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#6 posted 01-03-2010 05:32 PM

I understand all too well the need to find some extra money. Some times in my life it wasn’t just an “extra” need.

Because of the cost of material and the amount of your time needed, you might do well considering Sawkerf’s suggestion of making a couple of things and testing your market.

I would never discourage anyone from trying though. I remember my father scoffing at a friend of his for wanting to make and sell furniture back in the early fifies. That man was Sam Maloof.

Google that name.

-- John from Hampstead

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