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post #1 of 18 Old 03-24-2019, 08:45 AM Thread Starter
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Hi guys, curious what types of things y'all make to sell? I need to start making some money off my wife will start selling my tools and makes me watch!!
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I need to start making some money off my wife will start selling my tools and makes me watch!!
I think you started this thread in the wrong area.

In addition, you might actually have the wrong forum all together...

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What? You are supposed to make money at this? My wife would keep all my tools and give me away with no possibility of a return.

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Hi guys, curious what types of things y'all make to sell? I need to start making some money off my wife will start selling my tools and makes me watch!!
I make plaques and awards for a local trophy shop, do one-off custom work as needed for them and others, take commissioned work, and we have an Etsy shop. For our little one-man shop that occasionally turns into one man and one Queen, who is a blast to have in the shop btw, I stay pretty busy. Just in the last two weeks I've been to the sawmill twice to buy Walnut and have been to the only local source for Baltic Birch twice. Very busy!

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Hi guys, curious what types of things y'all make to sell? I need to start making some money.... (OR) ..... my wife will start selling my tools and makes me watch!!
You said "OFF" not "OR" .....
You have started a different thread by mistake..... just sayin'

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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Hi guys, curious what types of things y'all make to sell? I need to start making some money.... (OR) ..... my wife will start selling my tools and makes me watch!!
You said "OFF" not "OR" .....
You have started a different thread by mistake..... just sayin' <img src="http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/images/WoodworkingTalk_2016/smilies/tango_face_devil.png" border="0" alt="" title="Devil" class="inlineimg" />

Oh boy. Please delete thread!! Lol
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I rarely sell anything. I enjoy woodworking and make stuff to keep myself off the streets. If someone sees something I have made and likes it I give the item to them. I have done a few projects on request. I will ask that the cost of materials be paid on requested projects. Most family members have come to expect something Iíve made for Xmas. Usually cutting boards, pepper/salt mills, etc. This year it looks like many will get a turned serving dish. That is if my blanks are dry in time.
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I wondered if there wasn't something htat I could carve that I could sell.
As luck would have it, I stunbled into some beautiful straight-grained birch planks.
So I carves a bunch of spoons of different shapes and sizes and gave them away.
Later, I asked:
1. Are you happy with the size & shape? What would you change?
2. What would you pay, if you were searching for a locally made spoon?


So I had to work hard and fast in batches to carve and finish a spoon for sale.
I was flogging grape vines in a Farm Market so adding a bucket of spoons was no stretch.
I carved and finished 70 spoons and 30 forks and got pi$$ed off and quit. Not again.



I sold 1/3 of them. I gifted 1/3 of them. I have 1/3 in a box in the shop.
I use them almost daily in my own kitchen.
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There are a lot of things that sell well. It really depends on your local market. I find office desks to be a easier seller in most places.
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If you have a wood lathe there is thousands of thing you can make and sell.
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I'm in the same situation. A lot of tools and not a lot of energy to get back into cabinet making. I have spent a little bit of time trying to figure out what products complicated or not bring some reward. Look at Pinterest and see what looks a bit profitable. Your not going to get rich.

I'm still stuck in the 80's with the craft era. Still like making the simple things and will try them this summer at the the drive in sales for $5 a weekend to sit in my truck and sell..
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Jack - I have a redneck, barefoot, country boy cousin that
makes porch swings out of cypress. he has great craftsmanship skills
and a vision to make them "different" than the standard models.
the only issue I had with him was that he was using drywall screws
to assemble them. I went round-and-round with him on this and his
only response was that he had a 50 pound box of screws (that he got for free)
and he refused to switch to the expensive deck or stainless hardware. I honestly
think that he has lost sales over his backwoods attitude of "take it or leave it".
I bought two swings from him for $125 each delivered. as soon as I got them,
I replaced all the screws to stainless.

moral to the story:
even though you make small, inexpensive items to sell for pocket change,
it would make good business sense to get used to using the "right" hardware.
for me, I made signs (by hand) and advertised them on my website. I shipped
them all over the the USA including several foreign countries.
if mounting hardware was needed, I included the "correct" hardware, usually
stainless, at no cost to the customer. I think this little attention to detail and
customer satisfaction generated repeat business and good referrals to their
friends and neighbors.

so, there is a whole lot more to the idea of "what can I sell to make money".
wishing the best for all of us "entrepreneurs".
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This is the reason I always suggest making it for yourself but put a for sale sign on it...

I already sold a lot of crafts in the 80's out of the back of a pinto station wagon. Nothing new to me.

Actual products I sold in the 80's bad pictures, but you get the ideal..I sold the blanket chest for $150 and the shelves for $10-$20 each
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I always suggest making it for yourself - but put a for sale sign on it...
excellent rule to go by.
(as long as you have a high level of quality for your own things).

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excellent rule to go by.
(as long as you have a high level of quality for your own things). .
That is how a lot of home builders start out. They live in the house they built with full intention of selling it. Although some of their quality is somewhat dubious, especially where there are no required inspections.

Anyway, the point being is 'make it for yourself' first.

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A lot of bad builder still building homes today. 20 years later
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That is how a lot of home builders start out. They live in the house they built with full intention of selling it. Although some of their quality is somewhat dubious, especially where there are no required inspections.

Anyway, the point being is 'make it for yourself' first.
One of the best compliments I ever got back when I did remodel work was from a building inspector. He had inspected a couple of my projects before. He walked around the job, asked a few questions and signed off on the work. He told me as he was leaving that as soon as he seen who was doing the job he knew it would be done correctly. Nice compliment coming from a building inspector. It was nice for the customer to hear also.

I always tried to go beyond expectations.
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