Woodwork has an air of class in it—a classic vibe that people cannot resist.
If you do it right, selling your projects should not be difficult,
especially so since you no longer have to build a shop. Learn Woodworking For Beginners
All you need to do is to put up an online store and then display your inventory.
But What Should You Make?
Today, I will share with you 50 of the most profitable woodworking projects that sell.
I carefully selected these projects and have sold many of them myself.
Before we discuss what woodworking projects to make,
we need to know where we can sell them.
Woodworking is a lucrative business.
If you have a knack for creating projects that captivate people’s interest
you should have no issues selling your projects.
But where are you going to sell it?
My recommendations are Amazon, Etsy, in-person, and your own website.
Places to Sell Your Woodworking Projects
There are two ways you can sell on Amazon.
The first one is by posting photos of your products.
Once you make a sale, you ship the item to your customer.
The other method is through Amazon FBA, or Fulfillment by Amazon.
In this method, you ship your items to an Amazon warehouse.
Once they have cataloged your items, you can now post your items in the site.
Once a customer orders an item, Amazon will take care of the shipment.
Now, how much does it cost to sell on Amazon?
There are two types of plans in Amazon.
These are Individual and Professional.
If you choose the individual plan, you will pay $0.99 for each item you sell, plus closing fees and other fees.
If you choose the Professional Plan, you will pay $39.99 per month fixed fee regardless of the number of items you sold.
The other fee you have to pay is the Referral Fee which ranges between 12% and 45% of the cost of the item.
Etsy is like Amazon, but the only things you can sell here are handcrafted goods. On Etsy, you have to pay a listing fee of $0.20 per item.
This listing fee is good for four months, and it will be auto-renewed.
If you sold the item, this listing fee will also be renewed.
There are two more Etsy fees that you have to pay.
These are called Transaction Fee and Offsite Ads Fee.
The transaction fee is 5% of the cost of the sale.
This applies to all products you sold on the site.
The offsite ads fee is optional.
You will pay this if you want Etsy to advertise your products outside of Etsy.
You will only pay this fee if the product that was advertised was sold.
This is a selling method where you sell your products to a real person, not online.
to make this happen, you can either take photos of your woodworking project and show it to people.
Here are some other means to do this:
· Brochure – print photos of your products and give them away as flyers; do not forget to include your contact details
· Shops – you can go to furniture and souvenir shops and do consignment.
If they sold the item, you get paid and they either get a commission, or they can put a mark-up on the cost of your product.
In-person sales is great, but you will reach fewer number of people.
You should also include shipping costs and arrangements so your customers know what to expect.
The last option is to create your own website.
You can do this in platforms like Shopify or WooCommerce.
The beauty of putting up a website is that you are in control of the rules.
You also do not have to pay for fees, but you have to pay a monthly subscription to your web hosting service provider.
Shopify charges $29 per month, while you can build a website for $20 per month with WooCommerce and SiteGround.
The main challenge of building a website is that you have to market your products.
You can drive traffic to your site by advertising on Google, Facebook, or other social media channels.
You can also create video tutorials on YouTube, and then drive traffic from there.
Plastic fruit bowls are ugly.
They should be either made of glass or wood, but nothing beats wood as it looks more natural and appropriate.
Fruits, after all, come from trees.
Fruit bowls are not just for fruits—they belong to the kitchen table,
no matter what the financial status of a family is.
They are easy to make, and there are endless possibilities in terms of how you stain them.
A fruit bowl also does not require expensive wood.
This project is also great for recycling blocks of wood that you used for other woodworking projects
—you can make fruit bowls in varying sizes.
Wood pyrography is trending.
All you need is a pyrography kit,
which looks like soldering iron, to draw on a wooden canvass.
Wood wagons are great toys for kids.
All parents would love to give a wooden wagon for their children.
Create bright colors to make the wagon attractive.
What you are trying to sell here is just a chessboard, not the entire set.
It is easy to make, and you can sell it at a premium price.
All woodworkers need a workbench.
If you just focus hard enough, you can complete a set in only two days.
There is no need to stain the workbench,
but make sure it has all the holes and hooks that a woodworker needs.
Your target market here are carpenters and woodworkers.
Everybody needs an A-frame toolbox where they can put their most-used tools.
These things are great not only for decorative purposes but also for function.
They are best used in parties outdoors as they invoke a natural feeling.
Nothing looks better in a large bowl of a salad than a big wooden spoon.
Wooden utensils are not difficult to make, but you need a woodturning device to make them.
Before you start working on projects like this,
you need to take the time to study what kind of food-grade stain to use.
As you can see, plain wood will not pop the color,
so you have to stain your wooden utensils to make them attractive
just make sure you use stains safe for food handling.
A sawhorse is an important aspect of woodworking.
Every woodworker needs these tools so he can plop the wooden plank that he intends to cut.
This is a simple wooden bench that people can put in their garden or patio.
All it takes is to cut the panels and then screw them together.
Paint the bench or stain it to make it look more expensive.
This is a simple birdhouse that people can perch on a tree—
draw inspiration from that you see in cartoon shows, or from cuckoo clocks sold online.
You can make raised planters from discarded palettes.
This project requires time, but they do not require expensive materials.
This is great for moms and dads who want to have a small garden.
This is a tough build as you are creating a real closet for garden equipment.
Call this a mini-storage cabin or shed.
If you do this, make sure you can easily break them apart so you can ship the parts to your customer.
Whether it is a rack or a floating shelf, there is no limit to the designs you can make.
This is a great way to make money because there is a demand for it.
The funny thing about people is that no matter how big their house is,
they always seem to need space.
And where else can they get space? From walls.
Wooden wall racks are not only functional, but they are also decorative.
Even if people do not need them, they will find a reason to justify buying them.
When selling floating shelves or racks,
make sure that you make things easy for your customer
include the appropriate screws and brackets to give them more reason to buy.
Make a complete picnic table set—a table with two benches.
You can make the table foldable if you know how to do it,
but it will take you some time to wrap up this project.
If you make a patio chair, make one that has a classic look.
Aim for dark wood and take inspiration from Lazy Boys.
Patio chairs are great for people who love to sit out in the morning and in the afternoon.
These bird feeders are no more than simple trays.
Make them look like a birdhouse but put a provision for the food.
Use clips and hangers if you want so owners can hang them from the ceiling of their patio.
This sofa sleeve is nothing more than three planks of wood put together to form a square that has a missing side.
If you want to build more complicated ones,
you are going to have to spend a week sewing several wooden sticks—
it makes for bendable sides of the sleeve.
A beer caddy is like an A-frame toolbox, albeit smaller.
Measure it according to the beer bottle size and make sure you can fit at least six bottles in there.
A photo frame is a fundamental décor in any house.
There really is no reason not to be able to sell a photo frame.
Should you decide to do this, pick standard sizes so you can offer your products to a wider audience.
Do not limit yourself with bland yet stained wooden photo frames.
This is your opportunity to squeeze your creative juices—
use metals and other scraps in your woodworking shop.
The more a picture frame looks out of the ordinary, the higher you can sell it.
Take this opportunity to learn new skills, such as metal works and how to sculpt.
Get that chisel to work and practice—photo frames are easy to make,
but it is the design that makes the difference.
The bathtub tray is like a breakfast tray on the bed,
but it fits the side of a bathtub.
Since it will be used for bath, make sure you add some small pockets or smaller trays where the person can put her colognes and soaps.
The keyholder is a plank of wood where you insert screws.
The keys are hung on these screws.
Making it is easy, but you need to focus on the design;
you can use pyrography if you want or simply stain the wood for a classic look.
These candleholders are just like wooden cups, but small enough to hold a candle inside.
You need a wood lathe to do this so you can trim the inside of the woodblock,
giving way to space where the candle is going to sit.
This is probably the easiest thing to do as you only need a block of wood.
What takes time in making a chopping board is the sanding.
If you have an electric sander, you can do this in less than two hours.
lap Desk/breakfast in Bed Tray
You can do this in a similar fashion as the bathtub tray,
but this one should have feet that can prop the table on the bed.
This is useful to people who need to eat in the bed or work at night on the bed.
We do not call it a bookshelf, but it can function just like that.
A box shelf is like a wall rack on steroids.
It is a bookshelf that you hang on the wall.
The trick to creating great-looking box shelves is to use geometry.
Do not limit yourself with squares.
Use hexagons, pentagons, diamonds—do not be afraid to experiment.
Create shelves that no one has seen before.
Unique shelves are easier to sell—even to DIYers. Square shelves are easy to make,
and they are all too common.
If you make square box shelves, you will be competing against hundreds of woodworkers.
It is up to you if you want a tall stool or a short one.
The best ones that sell easy are stools that kids can use.
All homes with kids need one, and you can create a variety of stool with different colors.
This is a little tough as you need to create a perfect bow shape.
It also has to be smooth enough,
so the kids who play with it do not get wounds from the wood splinters.
Like the boomerang, this product has to be smooth.
What makes this tough to build is that you have to drill a hole from the pipe’s mouth to its other ends.
Once that is done, all you need to do is to smoothen the surface with sandpapers.
A beer rate is nothing more than a large square basket—similar to fruit crates.
Just make sure that what you build is sturdy,
and that it can fit up to 24 bottles of beer.
You can make at least two boxes per day.
Most of these are made of plastic, but you can use wood and sell it as it is more appealing to the eyes.
Make at least four boxes that customers can stack—
they would love it as it would help them save space.
Wooden toys are classic.
Nobody plays with them anymore because manufacturers have long realized that they are difficult to make.
And if one thing is difficult to produce,
it also takes time, and manufacturers will not be able to keep up with the incessant demand for toys.
What manufacturers left behind is an opportunity for you.
You can create wooden toys and sell them for a premium price—
use paint and make them in the same way that people did them back in the 1800s.
This should give parents a nostalgic feeling,
and they will buy on impulse even if they do not need a new toy for their kids.
These are benches similar to a park bench, but these ones have a backrest.
There is no need to stain this project since it will be left out in the open.
If you stain it, just use a colorless wood protector.
A potting bench is a garden table where a person can transfer seeds into pots.
Add a headboard to the bench or table.
The headboard will function as storage.
You can also add hooks so the gardener can hang his shovels.
Garden Tool Storage Cubby
This is like a tool shed, albeit miniaturized.
It is like a small shelf on the wall, but design it to look like a shed.
This is best sold to people who have little tools that they want to be accessible in the garden.
This is the perfect project where you can use your scrap wood.
A cake stand is used for cupcakes.
All you need is a base where you can screw the flat wooden plate from where the cake will sit.
This is a big project, and if you can make classic dressers, go for it.
People will pay a premium price for dressers.
Make several designs, and choose between classic and modern ones
to provide your customers with more options.
Utensil or Jewelry Organizer
A utensils organizer comes in different forms and sizes.
You can make a knife rack or simple mini-shelves where people can rest their phones and chargers.
You have two types of market here—housewives and gentlemen who love wood.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Wristwatch boxes
- Jewelry boxes
- Phone and charger racks
- Knife rack
- Plate and bowl rack
The possibilities are endless.
Take a look around your house—anything small enough needs an organizer,
like papers and pens, or lighters for cigars.
Make variations of each design and stain theme differently so your products will appeal to the many sensitivities of different people.
There is no limit to the wall art you can do.
You can use scrap wood and scrap metal as additional designs to your board.
You can also incorporate pyrography to your art.
What matters is that it is unique and has never been seen before.
This is not a Christmas tree per se,
but rather a block of wood shaped into a Christmas tree.
You can also do variations like a star or other shapes
that people can use to decorate their real Christmas trees.
A serving tray is probably one of the simplest woodworking projects you can make.
It is a slab of wood that you smoothen out,
and all you need to add are handles that you can shape from your wood lathe.
Like wall art, this one is just comprised of a board that you can tie together. You can add messages on each board with paint, or you can use a wood-burning technique to make it happen.
A storage shelf is like a tall cabinet.
Your goal here is to create a shelf that people can use in the kitchen.
They can use it to store their plates, spoons, and forks, or they can put their microwave ovens in there.
Every bed on the planet needs a bedside table.
This is the perfect place to lay down a person’s glasses and books before going to sleep.
It is also a perfect place to put private stuff.
If you are a beginner, a bedside table with no drawers is a good project to start.
If you are an expert, offer tables with drawers and secret compartments.
Hanging planters are small boxes where you can put a pot of plant.
You definitely must have a provision for a rope so the people who buy it can tie them on the ceiling of their patio roofs.
A tabletop planter is a table, but instead of putting other decors, you put a plant.
You can make it in such a way that the planter is deep,
or just put a board on the stand to make it look like a real table.
This project takes a while to build.
You need some serious sculpting skills to be able to create one.
Draw inspiration from Victorian-era metal candelabras, and sculpt them int your wooden one.
Depending on the design,
you can create a simple lamp where the base of the bulb is made of wood.
Or, you can always make it artsy and opt for intricate designs that people can put on their bedside table.
There are many variations of a coffee table.
You can make a round one or a square type.
You can also create a coffee table with varied designs, such as those that use epoxy resins.
Coasters are a great way to recycle your scrap wood.
These are small objects that people find functional in the kitchen,
as they prevent hot pots from staining and burning their tables.
Coasters are easy to make, and you can finish several of them in a day.
Stain them with various colors to give your customers more options.
Coasters do not sell for a high price, so you have to sell them in bulk.
At the very least, you have to sell them in packages of four pieces.
Sand Boxes and Treasure Chests
Since we touched on the subject of toys, why not create other toys that come with them?
Nothing comes better with wooden toys than a wooden pirate treasure chest, right?
For sandboxes, make them detachable so you can easily ship them.
Provide your customers with screws, and ensure you make them in such a way that the customer
does not have to figure out how to put them together.
Woodworking is an art that can give you a career.
While it is true that one customer may not buy the same item, one happy customer can bring you a lot of clients.
One trick to get things done quicker and make more money is to select projects that are easy to build.
This is subjective, of course, as not all of us have the same skill levels.
A project that an expert woodworker would take one day may take you a few days.
Start with small projects, be an expert, and then move on to bigger ones.