Start A Woodworking Business

7 Great Ideas To Start A Woodworking Business

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So you want to start a woodworking business?

Lets face it… times are tough right now.

People are losing their jobs and struggling to make ends meet.

If you’ve been thinking about starting a home based business, it needs to be something fun and easy to start.

It can be an incredible side hustle for Dads, that could turn into a full time income, if you so choose.

Here are 7 great ideas to start a woodworking business;

Wood Turning Business

Fruit bowls, candlesticks, stair spindles or baseball bats, there are literally hundreds of different products which can be manufactured simply by purchasing a wood-turning lathe and mastering the art of wood turning.

While the finished products can be sold directly to consumers, a better choice in terms of merchandising the wood-turning products is to arrange accounts with retailers, such as gift shops, to stock and sell the products.

Some quick math will tell you that just a dozen or so accounts with retailers like this can generate a very comfortable living manufacturing and wholesaling wooden bowls.

Wooden Signs Manufacturing

There are a few methods of manufacturing highly attractive and functional wood signs. The first is to use a router to remove wood and leave the message or words raised, or concave.

The second method requires a design stencil and sandblasting equipment to remove the wood around the message or words. This manufacturing method can also produce a raised or concave appearance to the sign.

Initially, a novice wood signmaker should have the wooden blanks for the signs produced by an outside firm, unless you have the required woodworking skills and equipment to construct the sign blanks.

All types of businesses and professional services can utilize wooden signs.

Traditionally, wooden signs are extremely popular with bed and breakfast lodgings, lawyers, accountants, doctors, antique shops, cafés, and gift shops. Currently, high-quality wooden signs are selling at prices starting at $500 each and up depending on size, complexity, and the type of wood used for the sign.

Wine Rack Manufacturing

Are you searching for an inexpensive business startup that can be operated part-time from home?

If so you may want to consider activating a business that focuses on manufacturing and wholesaling custom-made wine racks.

The business is easy to establish and only requires basic woodworking skills and woodworking equipment.

In addition to constructing the wine racks from wood, you could also build the racks from a metal, or even better, all recycled material, such as scrap metal and used building material that can usually be acquired for free with a little bit of detective work.

Once you have designed and constructed a few wine racks, they can be wholesaled or consigned to wine stores, furniture stores, liquor stores, u-brew-it wine shops and even restaurants.

The key to success in wine rack manufacturing is to have a unique product that consumers are compelled to purchase for themselves or as a gift for others.

Related: The Top 10 Best Selling Woodworking Crafts

Wind Chimes Made From Wood

Wind chimes can be manufactured from almost any kind of material, including wood.

Starting a business that manufactures wind chimes can be a great way to turn spare time into extra income. The wind chimes can be sold to retail stores, garden centers and gift shops on a wholesale basis.

Or, the wind chimes can be sold directly to the end consumers via a booth at a busy flea market, mall kiosk or an Etsy shop.

While there may not seem to be a lot of potential for profit in this type of manufacturing business, consider the following: 50 retail accounts that sold only four wind chimes each month would produce total unit sales of 200 wind chimes.

A $10 gross profit on each wind chime sold would produce gross profits of $2,000 each month for the business venture.

Now imagine if there were 500 retail accounts established across North America that achieved the same sales volumes, this simple manufacturing and wholesaling business would then be generating gross profits of $20,000 per month.

Wooden Theme Toy Boxes

Manufacturing theme toy boxes is a wonderful home based business venture, and best of all the business can be kicked into high gear for less than a $1,000 initial investment.

The key to successfully manufacturing and selling the toy boxes is to ensure that the designs are original, the material used in the construction of the toy boxes is unique, and the finished product is colorful and depicts an elaborate children’s theme such as horses, cowboys or dinosaurs.

The toy boxes can be sold to retailers on a wholesale basis or directly to consumers via the internet, trade shows, a mall sales kiosk or mail order.

As an additional source of revenue and as a marketing tool, also consider making wooden toys and including one wooden toy with each toy box as a surprise bonus gift.

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Wooden Jewelry Boxes

Jewelry boxes can retail for as much as 10 to 20 times of what it costs to build them, making this a potentially very profitable home based manufacturing venture.

This is the type of manufacturing business that will let you be very creative in design and in the materials selected for the construction process. Or in other words, ‘think outside the jewelry box.’

Consider using materials that normally would not be used for building this product, like recycled items, seashells, glass, or plastic.

You can market the boxes by renting table space at crafts sales and flea markets, sell them to retailers on a wholesale basis, and even get the jewelry boxes featured for sale on numerous Web sites. The sky’s the limit.

Jewelry boxes are a good item to sell online for numerous reasons. They are in demand and many people search for this item online. We think you can do particularly well with this item by creating an online shop on Etsy.

Just make sure to take the time and trouble to go through the initial steps like creating a brand name, logo and taking great pictures.


Manufacturing bookends? Why not?

They fall into the category of a great gift for someone who has everything. And best of all, the business can be set in motion for less than $500 and operated right from home.

One of the key elements for this manufacturing venture to take off and fly will be your ability to design and create very unique and different bookends. One idea may be to capitalize on the ever-increasing environmentally friendly theme and manufacture all the bookends out of recycled materials.

If this route is chosen, be sure to include the fact that your products are manufactured from recycled materials in all packaging and promotional material, as this can be utilized as a fantastic marketing tool.

The finished product can be sold through retail stores, such as gift shops, bookstores and the internet.

Wrapping It Up – Start a Woodworking Business

You don’t need to be an expert woodworker (or have a large shop) to start a woodworking business. The projects that sell fast and can make you money over and over are simple to build… and they only need a modest shop.

Now if you want detailed plans for these crafts or you’re looking for a more comprehensive guide to start earning money with woodworking, click the button down below.

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