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post #1 of 8 Old 08-10-2014, 05:39 PM Thread Starter
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Desperate for advice!

My wife has sadly developed quite a serious heart condition and in order to spend more time looking after her I've decided to work less and let my company go to my business partner and I'm setting up in my very small garage with leftover machines from my old shop.

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I have a ripping table saw a crosscut table saw and a cabinet saw with a ply wood blade. I have a morticer and a spindle moulder and a bandsaw and some other usual tools.

I can produce joinery and furniture but as of now I have no work in. I have some money for my shares to cover me for a while and I'm feeling quite daunted with where to start and what to make? When I started out it was easy to advertise, you would just put an ad in the newspaper but that was years ago and now it's a different ball game.

Does anyone have any advice at all for me?

Cover anything you feel is relevant... from finance to contracts or work flow on projects. I've never worked solo or in such a small space before. Any tips are VERY welcome.

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Well sir I don't know where to start. I'm puzzled why your wife's health issues require you to quit your job? Wouldn't money coming in be important now?

Most of us are here in the States. Our advise may not apply.

Sorry about you situation, sorry I cant help.


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I would recommend antique repair and refinishing. It's more labor than overhead and the work is sold before you start. You can spend a lot of time making things to sell but it seems like more things don't sell than do. I didn't know very much about the finishing part of it when I started but asked a lot of questions and didn't take very long to make a go of it. I wanted to make new furniture and things but opened my business at a antique flea market and there was more call for repairing furniture than new stuff. It wasn't long before I was doing work for many of the dealers there.
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I would recommend antique repair and refinishing. It's more labor than overhead and the work is sold before you start. You can spend a lot of time making things to sell but it seems like more things don't sell than do. I didn't know very much about the finishing part of it when I started but asked a lot of questions and didn't take very long to make a go of it. I wanted to make new furniture and things but opened my business at a antique flea market and there was more call for repairing furniture than new stuff. It wasn't long before I was doing work for many of the dealers there.
Great post. Good thinking.

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That's brilliant! Thanks!

My wife is quite weak and she needs help to walk to the toilet and cut bread. She doesn't have the strength and if it's in my power to do it myself instead of a random nurse she doesn't know then yeah. Over here (in England) 180 dollars is the average daily wage of a good woodworker and I dont have a mortgage or rent any more so all my bills are about 800 dollars... so I know if I can get the work I can get by comfortably.

I just don't know what buy these days because I don't have space to make roofs and stairs anymore which was a lot of my custom. Antiques seems like something worth looking into aswell! My grandfather restored antiques once. Funny thing is that's what got me into woodwork, working with him on old stuff (:

Maybe if people aren't sure what to write I haven't asked the right questions...

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here it's called "repurposing"

Recycling or repurposing is to take an already made piece and reconstruct it to make it into a different application.
Make a dresser into separate end tables..... take leaded glass windows and make a table.... etc here's some examples:
http://www.hgtv.com/decorating-basic...res/index.html

https://images.search.yahoo.com/sear...urniture+ideas

best of luck to you!

Childrens play sets made from scaled down adult size pieces. Easy, colorful ...


The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)

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In The U.S. It's Called Antique Repair/Refinishing

It's actually a very lucrative art form/business if you are good at it. It has a high referral rate, and from what I can tell there's not a lot of competition.






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I will have to do more research to see if I have the skills and space required. I did used to make clocks years ago so maybe I could mix the two and see if many antique clocks need attention...

Thanks for reaffirming the antiques restoration cabinetman, I appreciate the responses greatly!

Is there any money in wood turning things? I know how to make flutes and whistles and pens and all the like... someone told me the money is poor but I suppose I don't need much.

Another thing I thought was doing advanced joinery demonstrations at woodworking shows and selling pieces I've made... whatever they may be.

Anyone got any ideas on these? Am I clutching at straws or money? Haahaha

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