Woodworking Hobbyists – How to Make Money With Wood
Are you a woodworking hobbyist, who is looking to make money in the woodworking industry? If you are, you can make money, no matter what your level of skill. It is a great industry to be in, because of the fact that you can make money as a woodworking novice making simple items and selling them and, when you become skillful, someone will offer you a job or you can stay self-employed..
Even a complete beginner woodworking amateur can make clothes pegs and clothes hangers. These can be sold around the neighbourhood or to a local shop, if you do not like the idea of selling yourself. After a few weeks, as you gain experience, you can move onto swing seats, chess boards, stools, bird tables, dog kennels and wine racks. After a few months of that, you could attempt a garden bench. After that, you are away.
The key to any woodworking project is the woodworking plans. A set of drawings or even just one drawing, an exploded diagram, of the item to be made. The plans will give a clear, exploded diagram, all measurements and angles, a narrative, explaining what to do first and possibly pointers too.
The suggestions could be about the wood to use, the skill level of the project, the estimated time it will take to complete, the tools to use and the finish to give it.
Once you have acquired the skills to make different items of furniture such as garden benches and garden tables, you can go looking for a full-time job, if that is what you would like. A word of warning though, do not try to be what you are not. A good foreman carpenter will see your level of ability within 15 minutes, but he will decide to keep you on depending on your ability and approach to employment.
He may conclude that you do not know enough, but he may reckon that you are worth a try, because you seem keen and eager to work. On the other hand, you may have bags of ability, but if he sees a lazy or insolent streak, you may be up the road anyway. The foreman carpenter will be experienced and will know what kind of person will fit in and whom to give a chance to.
Site work is clearly different from woodshop work, so keep that in mind when you ask for a job. Just because you can measure accurately and cut neatly with both feet on the ground, it does not mean you can cut a roof in while balancing on a rafter 20 feet in the air.
If your line of learning is as I have suggested above, you would probably be better off looking for a job in a woodworking shop or even a cabinet maker’s shop. Or an up market kitchen cabinet manufacturer’s, where you can learn more under supervision.
Later, you can move on to fitting the items others have manufactured in peoples’ homes, which takes another kind of talent. People skills come into play here too, because the public can be rotten when they are paying to have work done. Stick with your woodworking or carpentry, whichever route you decide to take and you may be the foreman carpenter within a few years.