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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.

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.