How many LJ's truely make a living working with wood.

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02-23-2011 04:23 AM

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How many of you

Woodworking is the only income. No retirement, social security or other full time job. Wood working is it.

How many of you also make that same living off just making cabinets, fine furniture, or misc. Not to be confused with a carpenter they build entire house remodels and additions. Entirely different to me and I’m not interested in this.

I’m thinking of spending the ching ching for a store outright (no lease), then actually selling what I make (Possibly sell others stuff too). I wonder how feasible this concept is.

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#1 posted 02-23-2011 04:39 AM

For me 0 income from woodworking.
All the woodworking I have made was for family only at no charge.

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#2 posted 02-23-2011 04:42 AM

Hey G!

So your a hobbiest then.

I got a itch. Hoping to scratch it.

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#3 posted 02-23-2011 04:56 AM

I did it. It mostly takes an appetite for hard, dirty physical work and
extremely modest lifestyle goals to make it work. If you’re clever,
as many woodworkers are, there are about 1000 more lucrative


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#4 posted 02-23-2011 04:58 AM

It varies from month to month but it’s usually around 25% to 40% of my income comes from woodworking. I do have a part time job at the Orange Box which pays my personal bills and all that. Usually what I make from my woodworking goes back into business, I don’t need to buy any new tools so right now its just trying to get some money saved up, for emergencies, supplies. My goal for making a living off my work is about 5 years after I started the business, we’ll see how that goes.

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#5 posted 02-23-2011 04:58 AM

I am starting into the woodworking as income but I am only 16 so I cant exactley make an income. but you are probably heading in the right direction buying a shop and selling what you make.


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#6 posted 02-23-2011 05:09 AM

One thought. I will retire at my state job. I am honing my skills now. I want the ability to build what I want when I want and at the pace I want. I have a fear if I have to make a living at it I will get caught up in the one or two things that produce money. Then it will turn into something I don’t want. My wife says I am my own worst critic. I see every flaw.
But if a store like yours existed in my area I wold consider commission or consignment with a fellow woodworker.

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#7 posted 02-23-2011 05:26 AM

I’m not quiting my paid 40 work week. But I believe (I know) I can keep a store stocked with Handmade goods. If not I would reach out to people in my area for consignment

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#8 posted 02-23-2011 05:40 AM

Being retired from the military, my income is set. If I never built a toohpick to sell, it’s still there…..for how long is anybody’s guess…???? But I do build for a few customers so that’s just extra $$ I use to replinish my stock for the next one to build for…..or to build things for my shop or wife…..I charge my kids money…lol.

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#9 posted 02-23-2011 05:43 AM

I had full intentions of making a living wood working, but with the economy ….I dont think I can do it. I do build custom cabinets, but unfortunaly its hard to compete against places like lowes…. I will be the first to say the quality in high production cabinets isnt there. But alot of customers try to compare there prices with mine. I use full 3/4 birch plywood for the cabinets, solid hardwood face, medium priced hardware. And I have to do it all, where production shops have a guys making 7.00 and hour doing the same thing over and over, a group works on raised panels, one group works on cutting out panels, one group assem. on and on. Then the second thing is high production tools. Its hard to keep up with a cnc machine, that is being fed sheet after sheet. Although it may work where you are located, if you have the right clients. Just and opinion…not saying its true, but just the way I feel….

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#10 posted 02-23-2011 05:47 AM

I see you OH_IO . I’m a buck too. I’m not just going with the cabinet thing only. Just a little of everything.

Rick man you charge your KIDS. How much you charging me for the fish dinner? (Thanks for serving) 10 yr VET here.

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#11 posted 02-23-2011 06:00 AM

Heck yea I charge my kids….they bummed off of me their whole lives till I kicked them out on their
They tell me that’s the best thing I ever did was to let them go on their own….Only thing I told them: “Don’t let the door hit you in the a.s on your way out”..... They ain’t been back yet, only to visit….lol. Thanks for serving, too…..And the fish dinner is FREE, if you come and get it…..

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#12 posted 02-23-2011 06:00 AM

resurrected – it depends on the clients you have in your location!! by that i mean how tight they hold there wallet !!! you will have to make the point that it is solid wood , hand made , and point out the craftsmen ship i am gettin in to morris chairs and it is hard to compete with j c pennies 300 dollar chair but some people know they get what they pay for !! hope you can make it happen!!! good luck

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#13 posted 02-23-2011 06:07 AM

Over head of the building won’t be there if I pay for it outright. It might be slow at first I know.

RICK you might have a guest this summer. I don’t need direction I will just smell the air and find supper.

Just might have to go fishing to get dinner though.

What rank RICK 1SG , SMG?

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#14 posted 02-23-2011 06:16 AM

I actually sell my items to make money for my shop. I sell to pay for tools and other things. Now that I have either paid off the tools or purchased all the main tools it is a good way to pay for personal projects. If your interested, here is my web shop:

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#15 posted 02-23-2011 06:23 AM

Well…if I’m not off fishing tournaments, I’m usually around here somewhere…probably the shop…
No…. I was only a lowly PFC, fixing to make Corporal, when I got hurt…..never got the boot to the next rank…..All my records were lost for months. Nine months later they caught up with me in Japan. Too late by then.

How about you? What was your rank?

-- " I don't makes my coffee spill...."

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