Can Average Woodworker Make A Living?

Is it possible for a woodworker to work out of his/her garage and make a living? This channel will explore that question.

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  1. Of folks stopped just giving their work away they could. Number one rule price it for what it’s worth not what folks offer for it or you will absolutely fail. Stop being afraid to charge for it. Listen to this you’ll make money. Business is business stop trying to compete with cheap Chinese made presswood projects . You never will . It’s that simple stop giving your time away .

  2. It's extremely difficult to make a good living selling fine woodworking without a secondary source of income (such as finish carpentry or something). The best chance at making substantial revenues is by manufacturing quality products with mass market appeal, and at affordable price points (say $50-$300 or so). The key is to sell a high volume of lower cost items that appeal to the majority, and that you can turn out quickly with low material costs and labor inputs. The market for expensive fine woodworking is very small and getting smaller with each passing year as more people move towards the dirt cheap Chinese and IKEA crap, all while the average household income continues to decline. My suggestion, for what it's worth, is to focus more on the low cost, high profit, quick build, mass market appeal type wood products if you want to make at least a decent middle class income of say $40-$60k or more.

  3. i am a wood worker and i think you can make great money woodworking but not enough to fully pay for everything because you would need to build and sell lots of large things that make a pretty penny and in order to do that well not one man can produce that much in there extra time and have it all sell constantly every month….but with that said tho its a great extra income depending on what you are making and things you can make quick and sell fast thats on demand ….as for me i sell benches and can be made in one day and sold for a couple hundred dollars and its not like a full day or anything just working on it here and there for a few hours…you need to find something you can make fast yet sell at a good price to make a good extra income, even tho at first i wanted to do more of an upscale thing but i found out they do not sell fast and takes long to make so that was not the way to go for me.

  4. I have my normal job but it's nice to make a profit from my hobby. I enjoy the therapy it provides plus I get to sell what I make as well as network with locals at the Farmer's Market. Win

  5. There is not way there is 120 hours in those tables… They are cut in half, shim them run them through a 20" planer flip do the same, epoxy, sand, finish, mount to base… I would say 16 hours each max. This has less to do with being an average woodworker and more to do with picking the right project for the tools you have to sell… No duh you aren't going to make any money hand planing slabs…

  6. Honestly I just watched this video and subscribed because I was interested in watching your journey. I find it upsetting that your channel has been dead for 10 months. Do you plan to pick up, or is this it? Thanks.

  7. I just started to make coffee tables hoping to sell on social media sites, my first product came out very good but not excellent so I started on my second project which I had little goofs but better than the first. At first I thought since the cost of materials were about $ 50 I could make a profit If I sold them for let's say $ 150 WRONG! Staining and top coat, dry time etc, takes three days, plus gas to get materials and seems like I always need or buy extra stuff
    so now I have decided to make a profit I need to sell my product at $ 265 and rather than make stuff I might sell is to advertise a show piece { great pictures} and list the cost and custom make it offering different sizes with a 10 day lead time and a 50% deposit which others are doing.
    I don't know if I can sell my stuff or not, I have already spent $ 800 dollars on stuff before I make a dollar, my skill level is about average and I can put a great finish on projects and need not worry about a piano finish like some people require due to using softwoods.
    Wish you much success , thanks for sharing your video

  8. I’d say no. My career is hardwood flooring and I do pretty okay, around $45,000 a year. Woodworking and furniture building has become a big hobby and fun pass time, however with the cost of material and hours spent working on projects it would be a loss cause of a career. I’d say instead, get a job that pays the bills and gives you the ability to spend time doing the things you actually enjoy. Just my two cents

  9. First thing he said, “I made it then tried to sell it”. You’ve got it backwards, you sell it then make it guy. Of coarse you’re going to go down with that approach. I’m not sorry for you though, I’ve taken my licks and kept going, if you want to succeed you’ve got to just get up, learn your lessons and keep going. Painful, but necessary.

  10. Keep doing what you do. Become an amazon affiliate, make a website and sell products on various social media platform.

    Earn more money that way.

  11. With 120hours for 6bucks each, that is Not anywhere near making a living. For paying for all Maschinen, insurance, rent, electic, watersupply, and then Materials, u can expected to BE done in a week…
    To make a living 50bucks/hour is more Like it.
    Calculation is the biggest and Most important Thing in being a craftsman

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