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Turning Your Woodworking Hobby into a Business

Any woodworker who is an amateur or a hobbyist could at once had thoughts of becoming an expert in the woodworking area. Earning income from something you love most tends to inspire you to keep on improving on what you know. Below are the ways of turning your woodworking hobby into a business

What you can create

Everybody who has a hobby in woodworking has the capacity to make something out of wood which may include designing of small pieces of furniture as well as carving decorative pieces of wood. You should gauge your strength if you aren’t aware of what you are capable of doing.

To key to success here is to identify objects which can please other people and make them desire to buy them from you. Try to make something that is perfect and of high quality so to attract buyers.

Start selling to family members and friends

As a starter in business, you should start by selling to family members and friends. Everybody admires to have a woodworker who is not new to him/her and they can have trust in him. Mostly expect your first customers to be people who are well known to you. You can do any woodworking job for them if they hire your services. By making something presentable in your woodshop, you will find that your friends are the first people to inquire about it. This is exactly the same for all business which is home-based.

Get Assistance

Most individuals require to be convinced that woodworking hobby can be turned into a business which can generate income. You may decide to work on full time or part-time.

Develop Your Mindset

To start a business is not an easy task. As a new business owner, your aim is to make the first sale without minding of how it happens. This builds confidence in any business owner and he/she starts to believe that he can make it. Confidence is the key to any business therefore as a woodworker you must believe in your woodworking skills for you to make products that will lead attract buyers.

Word of Mouth

Since you are a starter you should embrace word of mouth form of advertising so that you can reach as many people as possible. Your friends and family members should take this role by informing other people about your woodworking skills and also the wood products you are selling.

Embrace Gifting

Gifting is also another form of product promotion you can embrace in your woodworking business. You don’t have to be afraid when issuing your handmade creations as gifts. This is because people will admire them and even express their love to you this will create awareness concerning your art and craft skills.

The Benefits of Woodworking

Woodworking is simply the creation of objects from wood.  You can create almost anything you want using wood, from furniture to objects of art.  You can create big projects like building a log cabin or just carve wooden toys for children.  Try your hand at a number of different projects to see what type of woodworking suits you best.  It is an interesting hobby with plenty of benefits, let’s take a look at the benefits of woodworking.

Carpentry

Some people choose woodworking as a career path and decide to become carpenters.  The use their skills on a variety of projects, some work for themselves and others work for a contractor.  In today’s world it is a job that is constantly in demand and it can pay very well.  Self-employed carpenters have the luxury of picking their own jobs and setting their own hours.  Other carpenters work in the construction industry and work can often be seasonal,  and you’re at the mercy of your employers ability to find a project.

Woodworking as a Hobby

Woodworking is a very physical hobby and it can help you to stay in shape, there is lots of physical activity keeping you healthy.  For those that enjoy working with their hands it can help you to relax and take away the stress that comes with everyday life.  Woodworking can help keep you physically fit and that is good for your overall health.

DIY Projects

Have you ever gone to a furniture store and looked at tables or cabinets and thought the prices were incredibly high for something that was of inferior quality?  It happens to everyone when they go to look at furniture.  Quality pieces cost a small fortune, especially those that are made locally.  What if instead of paying all that money for lesser quality furniture pieces like coffee tables, end tables or patio furniture you could make these things yourself?  Furniture, particularly the well made quality pieces have an enormous markup.

You can’t try and make these pieces yourself and save the money that you would spend on high end furniture.  For simple projects like a picnic table you can buy a kit and just put everything together yourself.  As your skills improve you can graduate to bigger projects and more complicated pieces of furniture.  There is no doubt that there is a certain satisfaction in knowing that you completed a project all on your own and created a beautiful piece of furniture.

Easy Woodworking Projects for a Beginner

If you’re new to woodworking and want to try your hand at a couple of projects but you aren’t sure where to start then you’re in the right place.  These are some easy projects that will help you sharpen your skills and get you comfortable using the tools that go with woodworking.  These are easy and ideal for a beginner, let’s have a look at some easy woodworking projects for a beginner.

Candle holder

Want to make a creative candle holder? You don’t need too much stuff to craft this rustic candle holder. A pair of horseshoes and a chunk of wood are the only elements that you need. Firstly, clean up the wood and the horseshoes. Measure and mark the wood to be drilled for candle holders.

After drilling the spaces on wood, nail the horseshoes to each end. Sand the wood to smooth out rough edges and give a matte finish. Finally, add the five candles on the drilled spaces to complete the candle holder. Voila, you’ve just added a touch of country look to your home.

Wooden arrow wall art

Do you want to decorate your wall with an intriguing artwork? If yes, try wooden arrows. You need a miter saw, pencil, tape measure, right angle, craft wood (24 inches long, 1 by 4 inches thinner), safety goggles, wood stain, drill, and mending plates.

Cut the wood into half. Mark the centers horizontally as well as vertically. Now center the 45-degree angle on that mark. Cut the wood at the 45-degrees mark to make one part of the arrow. You’ll need 2 boards of 24 inches long to complete one arrow. If you want to make 3 arrows, you’ll need 6 boards of 24 inches long.

After cutting, paint the wooden arrows to your preferred color. Once the paint job is over, add mending plates to the back of the arrows to keep them together. Finally, hang them on the wall and enjoy the lovely artwork you just created.  Here is a video tutorial for you to follow.

Wooden door mat

You need a 2 by 2 mahogany or cedar wood (four feet long) to make this lovely mat. Buy at least six planks of wood for a bigger mat. Make holes in each of the planks using a drilling machine. Sand the wood to smooth out the edges. Now apply a coat of finish for a better look. Lace all the planks with a rope. Make sure to tie a knot between planks. Within no time, you’ve created a rustic wooden door mat.

Bottom line

Complicated woodworking projects warrant specialized knowledge and experience. However, there are easy projects that you can do on your own. Just stick to the above DIY projects, and you could show off your wood working skills to your friends and loved ones while adding functionality and elegance to your home.

Basic Woodworking Tools to Get Started

Before going ahead on your woodworking projects, there are a few basic and versatile tools you’re going to nee. Also, maintaining good quality types of machinery should be among your top most priority.  Cabinetry and carpentry require more specialized tools for outstanding finishes. But, before going into details in maintaining an outstanding project, you need to begin primary.  Here are the basic woodworking tools to get started.

Hammers, screwdrivers, and nails

These tools are the most basic and important accessories any beginner/professional carpenter has in his workshop. Screwdrivers and hammers come in different shapes and design, however. So, choose the ideal tool considering the project you intend to handle.

Hand saws/panel saws

Hand saws are also essential elements in any woodworking workshop. With the correct set of tools, you can be able to crosscut wood and straighten their edges accurately.

Other essential saws include:

  • Jigsaw
  • Circular saw.
  • Chainsaw (only if you want to cut large trunks).

Power drills

Power drills will help you drive fasteners and make round holes among other minor tasks. With the right handy tool, you can achieve maximum outcomes under short duration.

You can have either of the following drill types:

  • Corded drill
  • Cordless drill

Smoothing tools

A set of smoothing tool kit is a must for every beginner. These handy tools help smoothen any wood surface before the final work (either painting or pattern finishing).

A complete set should include:

  • A Rasp
  • An orbit sander.
  • Smoothing plane.
  • Jack plane.
  • Block plane

A Vice and a workbench

A bench Vice is an integral tool that holds your work piece in a stationary position. Place your woodworking piece in place, and screw, plan, and drill all your wood elements efficiently.

Woodwork Vice comes in different dimensions (jaw width, throat depth) and designs. However, the recommended size for use by a beginner is the metal power 150mm steel bench Vice.

A Thickness planner

This is an important tool that helps trim boards and wood pieces to a specific width or depth. Not only will it trim, but it will give any wood surface a smooth finish.

 

Minor set of tools never to miss

There are tiny details that should never miss in any woodworking garage. Below is a complete list.

  • Combination square.
  • Steel tape.
  • Woodworking compass.
  • A scratch awl.
  • Chisel and mallet.
  • Pliers (different designs).
  • Hand scrappers.
  • Dust mask.
  • Utility knives.
  • Sharpening stone.

With the right set of tools, you can move from being a beginner to becoming a woodworking expert.