Money Making Woodworking Projects

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Money Making Woodworking Projects
Working with wood has nearly endless possibilities. (shop of souvenir image by Lyazka from

With the right tools and a good set of plans, woodworking projects can turn into the start of a new career. Choose one project type or a spectrum of wooden designs of many types, depending on your personal interests and initial experience level. Market the projects locally at yard sales or flea markets and develop an Internet marketing plan that makes your products available for ordering 24 hours a day from anywhere in the world.

Chests and Boxes

A basic box can be modified with inner compartments, exterior scroll work or affixed wooden shapes. With basic box building experience, you can scale the designs and make box furniture such as a chest of drawers or night stand. Toy chests are a relatively simple box design that allows you set up jigs or fixed patterns to facilitate making exact copies. Use different types of wood and stain to increase the variety.

Money Making Woodworking Projects
A chest of drawers is a type of wooden box. (meuble en pin image by alex claude from

Jewellery Boxes

Jewellery boxes are a popular handmade item. They can be built in many shapes and sizes and may contain a combination of hangers, drawers, compartments and spindles to accommodate different kinds of jewellery. The important factor is the level of detail you are able to invest in each design without compromising the profit potential of the finished box.

Money Making Woodworking Projects
Jewellery boxes can be built in many shapes and colours. (jewellery box image by drx from

Shelves and Stands

Curio shelves, bookcases and entertainment centres all bear a close relation to one another in design. A basic shelf design consists of two equal sides and a variable number of equal shelf planks. To customise a shelf design, add dividers or place the shelves different distances apart. You might substitute columns for the sides, but be sure to provide enough support for the intended use of the finished project. Because of their simplicity, shelves and stands can be cut using jigs that allow greater productivity and uniform cuts.

Money Making Woodworking Projects
An entertainment centre is a modified shelf design. (modern pleasures image by EuToch from

Yard Art

Wind vanes made with wood can take on a variety of appearances. For example, a lumberjack wind vane might chop wood faster as the wind increases, or a wooden bird might peck at the ground. Trace the patterns on plywood and cut along the lines with a jigsaw. Paint the pieces using brightly coloured latex paint. Other yard art designs might be a decorative wooden wheel barrow, large plywood silhouette cut-outs or decorative wooden animals that can be placed along a walkway or garden path.

Money Making Woodworking Projects
Birdhouses and weather vanes are popular outdoor art items. (nestling box image by Ludmila Galchenkova from

Portable Trays and Stands

Wooden trays are not difficult to build and are useful for many things. A TV tray is little more than a piece of plywood supported by legs. The tray can be small enough to sit across a person's lap on the sofa, or it may stand on the floor like a small table. You might add features such as a cup holder or a stand with an extendable shelf that slides beneath the main tray for easy storage.

Money Making Woodworking Projects
A book stand is a specialised type of tray. (book stand image by fotomagic from

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