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poops_at_parties
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Anyone own a woodworking side business?
I love working with wood and building things and although I would need to purchase a few more tools, I want to start selling woodworking items on the side on Etsy. What types of woodworking sells the best? I see that birdhouses sell quite a bit but I don't think I would enjoy building birdhouses since birds aren't my thing. I guess I could get into it if they sell well enough but I just don't see myself focusing on that.

Anyone here have any tips?


Devenbaker
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re: Anyone own a woodworking side business?
I know some guys that do this building custom furniture. Mostly people bring them Pottery Barn catalogues and ask them to recreate with changes. They are good at their craft and usually are booked for months out. A big source of their work is from local designers who are making orders for their clients. A family member of mine built custom fireplace mantles on the side - he lined up with a contractor and he would build out all the mantles.

Also, if you can frame posters/art/photographs, you can make some good money in custom framing. A friend does this with cypress framing and does a lot of music festival posters for clients.

Good luck.


poops_at_parties
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re: Anyone own a woodworking side business?
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custom framing

Never thought about that. That sounds like something I could enjoy.

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people bring them Pottery Barn catalogues and ask them to recreate with changes

That sounds pretty good too. Thanks for your response!


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hungryone
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re: Anyone own a woodworking side business?
Simple custom furniture always finds a market. Coffee tables, side tables, sofa tables, nightstands: the lower priced stuff on the market is complete trash, and it can be hard to find solid wood finished on all sides. These items aren't easy to ship, so you'll need to cultivate a local market.


poops_at_parties
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re: Anyone own a woodworking side business?
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These items aren't easy to ship, so you'll need to cultivate a local market.

Yea, I would preferably do the exact things you said but for this reason, I'm leaning away from that. If I sell to anyone in Louisiana I'm going to need to charge state sales tax, which means I'm going to have to apply for that license with the state (forget what it's called but to charge state sales tax you need to have some type of account or license with the state). I'd rather sell online and ship things out of state so I don't have to charge sales tax.

If that's incorrect, please let me know. But that's how I understand it to be.


Zilla
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re: Anyone own a woodworking side business?
I have the information you are looking for.... I know a guy who sells 10 of these a week in the local facebook groups... the women are buying these up... couldn't be easier to make:

"Blanket ladders"

Image: https://img1.etsystatic.com/173/0/12384378/il_340x270.1177135505_p4ey.jpg


Flanders
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re: Anyone own a woodworking side business?
What are blanket ladders going for these days?


jimbeam
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re: Anyone own a woodworking side business?
$350.00


Big Floppy TDs
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re: Anyone own a woodworking side business?
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$350.00


Ill be looking for a new damned wife if she ever brought home one of these


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baldona
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re: Anyone own a woodworking side business?
Farmhouse tables are big now. Probably $50-100 total in lumber and sell for $100 linear foot. $150-200 for a bench.

To actually make it a side gig it's gonna have to be something you can either knock out fast and in bulk. Build 5-10 at a time and custom finish when ordered.


poops_at_parties
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re: Anyone own a woodworking side business?
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Farmhouse tables

Yes, that's an idea I have as well. I've seen those going for outrageous dollar amounts online and don't look difficult at all to build.


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poops_at_parties
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re: Anyone own a woodworking side business?
Image: https://img1.etsystatic.com/173/0/12384378/il_340x270.1177135505_p4ey.jpg


Hell, I may make one of these for my own bathroom and use it for towels. I don't have room for a long towel rack so I instead am forced to use tiny singular towel hooks instead. The towel just sits there without enough airflow to dry and it stays wet for too long. I could use a "blanket ladder" myself.


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Zilla
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re: Anyone own a woodworking side business?
$60-$80 each


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webman
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re: Anyone own a woodworking side business?
You need to look into the tax issue thing. States have found ways to make you tax liable regardless of where you live and sell your stuff


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re: Anyone own a woodworking side business?
wood signs/picture frames. Things that can hang.

Image: http://cdn1.diycraftphotography.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/paddle_crow_bar_dsigns.jpg


Take some reclaimed wood and cut pieces that form a State or Fleur-de-lis or incorporate both. Develop your own style b/c there's probably a hundred types out there.


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poops_at_parties
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re: Anyone own a woodworking side business?
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You need to look into the tax issue thing. States have found ways to make you tax liable regardless of where you live and sell your stuff

I'm pretty sure if you sell something you make in Louisiana to someone who lives in Louisiana, you must charge sales tax. If you make something in Louisiana but sell to someone in another state and ship it there, no sales tax is required. I've done some reading on the subject and that's how I understood it. I could be wrong though, I don't claim to be any type of expert. Maybe someone else on here knows?
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Cold Cous Cous
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re: Anyone own a woodworking side business?
That is at best incomplete. It depends on the state. If anything selling only in Louisiana probably makes your life easier because you only have to comply with one set of rules.


poops_at_parties
Member since Jan 2016
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re: Anyone own a woodworking side business?
Well shite. So if I would sell online and sell to people in other states, I'll have to charge that state's sales tax and pay that state?


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lsugorilla
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re: Anyone own a woodworking side business?
I know a guy who goes to one street market a year with easy made bird houses and sells them for $70 a pop. makes a killing


baldona
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re: Anyone own a woodworking side business?
State sales tax really isn't a big deal for someone selling like $5-10k a year. For something like that just price it in. Then just pay it 2-3 times a year and file $0 the other months.


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