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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.

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.