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03-09-2013 11:50 PM

I am fairly new to woodworking. I need some ideas . I am going to start to do craft shows and was looking for some small projects that will sell good. I am already doing band saw boxes , trinket boxes, Christmas ornaments, winter sleds and wind chimes. The equipment I have are table saw, jointer, band saw, scroll saw, various sanders, miter saw, and various hand tools. I am looking to produce the items know for craft show season. Projects and plans would be helpful ! Thanks in advance

-- Coach Mancuso

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#1 posted 03-10-2013 03:42 AM

you either have to have something you can turn out in a few minutes or be very good with furniture. I had a friend that made a mint in selling things like pie trivets. I went to look at a project he had taken one day. It was a big custom gun cabinet. He told me he would never make another. I asked why and he told me it took too much time and cut into his money making projects. He sold little chairs that he made from 1×12’s and those kinds of things. He did well with them. My brother is trying to get into the scroll saw area. I went to a local show he was in. I think he made the most off a little man figure that he could work with dental floss and make him do flips. crazy as it sounds this is what I see in this kind of work. It is difficult to get into it and make a go financially. If you can support your habit you are probably doing well.

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#2 posted 03-10-2013 03:49 AM

since I don’t attend these type of shows all I can suggest is to look at the projects page and see what kind of projects
inspire you.

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#3 posted 03-10-2013 04:09 AM

Find an used lathe and make pens, variety makes a difference but making 50-60 pens a month at a cost of 3-12 dollars in materials and kits brings in 20 for slimline and 50 for fancier pens like founatins and Bullet pens. I make 2-3 a night during my 2 month run each year and do well enough to have money to spend at the woodshow from my profit. (Meaning after I paid myself back and bought more pen kits.) = Profit. (laughing) If so inclined you could make some custom boxes to sell to compliment the kits. Demand is higher closer to graduation and Christmas. The scraps from your other projects can easily be used to make a pen. You need 5/8 stock about 5 inches long or two odd pieces 2 1/2 inches long that’s it for most kits.
Good luck in your endeavor, myself it is just a hobby that pays for my woodworking habit ya know? (Laughing)

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#4 posted 03-10-2013 04:48 AM

+1 for Grampa – I did crafts shows 15 years ago or so. What was “hot” then was country style craft/furniture pieces – ie coatracks, plate shelves, quilt racks, blanket chests, and small book/display shelves. They were cheap to make (all pine), all quick to build (rustic), and quick to finish (rustic). I did well in terms of selling items at every show but it wasn’t enough to quit my job over. As others have posted, making your original investment back plus profit is possible…..It was more for fun and love of the craft more than anything….it’s fun and you get to meet a lot of interesting people…good luck !!

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#5 posted 03-10-2013 05:26 AM

Earrings. Small, very little wood, easy to make, easy to set up at show, fixings at local craft store (cheap), $10 to $20 per pair retail easy. See my projects (Wood earrings for family Christmas) for various designs. If you think you might do earrings and like the rack, I’ll send it to you.

-- I think, therefore I think I am.

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#6 posted 03-10-2013 05:48 AM

+1 for pens. Quick and easy, inexpensive, fast turnout.

-- christopheralan

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#7 posted 03-10-2013 05:51 AM

+1 christopheralan – what ever you intend to sell the post above says it all…..quick and easy, inexpensive to make, and fast turnout

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#8 posted 03-10-2013 05:53 AM

Like others have said…a few years back the craft and art shows were great. People had more “play money” to spend on things they liked but didn’t really need. My wife and I had made a good living making all the items that have been listed here….we wanted to slow down and move to the Islands right before the so called crash. It has given me time to make items that take allot of hours to make and I sell them in local shops. I sell allot of Trivets, trinket boxes, scrolled work and Bandsaw boxes. But every part of the Country is different. Have a little of everything until you find what the people around you want to buy…then you know what to make

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#9 posted 03-10-2013 01:09 PM

I would like to thank everyone for those great ideas. Love the earing’s idea and pens. They seam from what everyone has said they would be a fast turn around and very good for the area I am in . I am in Central Florida and have a large population of retired people that live on a very well fixed income. I sent Jay a private message and any other ideas would be welcomed. I want to stay with the smaller projects because it would be easier to haul, set up and take dawn. We raise and sell exotic birds and That is how we do a bird show is with smallest cages we can bring the birds in because of being able to haul, set up and take down easy. I am going to get started with these projects soon because these craft shows will be hear before you know it.

-- Coach Mancuso

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#10 posted 03-16-2013 11:19 AM

How about bird cages? I bet you could come up with a simple but stunning looking cage made out of, say, wooden chopsticks or something.

-- Marty, Columbus, OH, learning every day....

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#11 posted 03-16-2013 02:07 PM

I sell my stuff at about 25 sales a year and my best sellers are, Toys, and Cedar boxes with imaged inlayed into the lids. I also sell a lot of lettered plaques and some intarsia. I have seen others try to sell pens with poor sales. My latest projects are making wooden flowers and vases by doing compound cutting with my scroll saw.

-- Website is No PHD just a DD214 and a GED

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#12 posted 03-16-2013 09:19 PM

Pens are in “season” around graduation time, and Christmas. Those two times are when I sell the most pens usually selling all that I made in the winter season’s run. But, having them in addition to several other items gives you a draw and people looking at your stuff have a better chance of buying then those that just walk on by ya know?

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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