Making Money with Woodworking
Recently, an eZine reader asked me if I thought that a person could make a living doing woodworking. It is a good question, but hard to answer. Of course, I must admit that I have experienced a really nice professional life due to the fact that I am a woodworker. But I don’t think that is what he was asking. And the answer to the question, “Can a person make a living in the shop making stuff for other people?” is “yes” for some, and “no” for others. Like any other business effort, some folks succeed and others just don’t make it.
Which leads me to my own question: Do you use your craft to make money? Is it something you aspire to, or is woodworking an avocation that you enjoy for its own rewards? Let us know and we will share what we can.
Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal
Jacob Wasson has to “always be building something,” whether on commission or for himself — and that includes taking apart old pieces and rebuilding them.
A set of nice trammel points or an oversized compass can be quite expensive for the hobbyist woodworker that I am.
Clamping is more challenging when the glue acts like a lubricant, which it does until it begins to set.
Two-stage design, direct-mounted filters, remote control and other conveniences bring a higher level of dust collection efficiency.
My finger joints didn’t come out quite right, and now my drawers won’t sit flat. How can I fix this?
Included in the pictures you will find, the goat pedestal “Above Tree Line” and a few close up of that project, the Elk Pedestal “Broken Silence” with a close up of the carving as well, and the Turkey pedestal cabinet.