Woodworking Business – Turning Woodworking From Hobby to Business

Woodworking is an art/craft, depending on how you look at it, that can see you earn quite substantial amounts.

There are people who love woodworking, but just do it as a hobby. The good news is that if you have an interest in the subject then transforming it from a hobby to business is quite easy and this article is just going to show you how.

Have tools that you will use for your woodworking

The kind of tools that you will need for your projects will depend on the vastness of your business.

If you want to start small, then having simple hand tools will prove to be adequate. You need to buy high-quality tools like a hand drill, a timber saw, measurement tools, and more.

On the other hand, if you want to have large-scale production then you will need heavy machinery like a power saw and more. Make sure that the space that you plan to use is adequate.

You need to have clearly marked out your niche

Woodworking is a broad subject that can see you produce anything from a simple birdhouse all the way to the production of office and home furniture. You need to copyright your products to avoid cases where people can steal your ideas for their own benefit.

Make sure you advertise

Know that you are no longer doing your woodworking for the fun of it.

There are many ways that you can advertise your products. You can use the internet. Using the internet will need you to put up a website. You can have a variety of sample pictures on the website.

You also need to know all the ways of putting up a good website if you want to get enough traffic. You need to use the internet to not only advertise but also to sell. With the website, you will be able to tap into a potential market that cuts across country boundaries.

Still on the above, you can also make use of word of mouth. Inform your friends and neighbors of your business this is a very inexpensive way of getting your word out there.

Use the internet to get new ideas for your woodworking. There are many plans that are available on the internet of which some are free. You need to use the plans that are available here to improve on your skills. You can always get to learn new ideas using the available plans.

Ready to get started with your own small shop?

Ted’s Woodworking Review – Pros and Cons

Ted’s Woodworking is one of the most popular woodworking plans and projects packages online today. In this review, we will take a look at this product and see what are the pros and cons of this package.

What is Ted’s Woodworking?

Created by Ted McGrath, a professional woodworker, educator and AWI member, Ted’s Woodworking is a massive collection of more than 16,000 woodworking projects and blueprints that you can easily follow to build your own home furniture, garden chairs, dog houses, bird feeders, shed and many more.

Ted McGrath spent the last 2 years putting together his woodworking package and according to him, this package is the most comprehensive online today.

However, with so many woodworking packages out on the market and on the internet today, is Ted’s Woodworking really worth the money?

To answer this question and to find if this package is really for you lets talk about some of the pros and cons of Ted McGrath’s woodworking package.

Why you should check this out

Occasionally, you are presented with a challenging project, for instance, a customer comes and wants something custom-made for them.

Without having a detailed plan, it may be very difficult to build such projects quickly and be able to meet your customer’s needs. Ted’s Woodworking comes in handy, providing you with a variety of plans with complete easy-to-understand instructions.

You will also get new insights and learn new tricks of completing projects even if you do not have expensive tools or a large woodworking workshop.

And given the wide range of projects and complete plans available on the website, you no longer need to spend days or months looking for someone to complete a project for you. You will build even the most challenging projects yourself.

Here are a few things the site has to offer:

  • Easy-to-understand step by step instructions: Every plan has simple “hold-you-by-the-hand” instructions that will assist you to complete your projects quickly.
  • Materials and Cutting lists ensuring that you get the right materials and make correct cuttings. This saves you a lot of money.
  • You get sharp, colorful, and detailed schematics. No guesswork is involved, you will know what to do and how to do it and complete your projects within the shortest time possible.
  • The plans give you views from all angles. You will see how everything should look like before you start building. The intricate details for every joint, angle, and corner make sure you are not left guessing.
  • Various lists of plans (16,000+). In addition, you will also get new plans every month for free.

The plans cover all levels of competence and skills. You don’t have to be an expert wood-worker or have expensive tools and machinery to use the plans.

Whether you are a pro woodworker, an amateur, or a beginner with hand tools, you will find several projects suitable for you.

Ted’s Woodworking Review – The Pros And Cons

The Pros

If you want to start a woodworking project, you need all the necessary information, including schematics, blueprints, materials lists, dimensions etc.

That is where Ted’s Woodworking comes in. The plans are clearly drawn and there’re step-by-step explanations of how the plan should be done and put together.

There are several other sites whose collection of plans have the dimensions totally wrong without any indication of parts lists, material lists, or the tools needed. If you’re one of those people who have bought plans like this in the past, Ted’s Woodworking will change your perception.

In Ted’s Woodworking you will get everything you need:

  • Diagrams which are detailed with a full set of dimensions
  • Step -by-step instructions how to start your project
  • The necessary materials for that particular project
  • All the woodworking tools you will need

Suitable For Different Levels

There is no doubt that many woodworkers can benefit from this package.

Beginners will find these woodworking plans’ clear and concise nature gives them a solid foundation to build their first projects as they build their confidence to move on to more complex carpentry projects and increase their skill level.

Advanced and professional woodworkers will appreciate the huge variety of different projects and the time-saving value of having a high-quality set of plans waiting for virtually any challenge.

Very Useful Bonuses

When you order Ted’s Woodworking package you will also receive these 3 bonuses:

1. Free drawing and CAD plan viewer

2. 150 premium woodworking videos

3. The Complete Woodworking Carpentry Guide

The complete woodworking carpentry guide (a 200 pages guide with carpentry tips and tricks) is very useful for beginners and the premium videos can help any woodworker to hone his carpentry skills.

Surprisingly Organized

As a woodworker, you may have realized that finding the right detailed plans to build some custom projects to meet specific needs can be very difficult.

This is among the most common problems woodworkers face today, but luckily for you, this and other related problems shouldn’t bother you.

With 16,000 plans, you’d expect Ted’s Woodworking to be pretty disorganized. However, I found it pretty easy to find the exact project I wanted.

Money Back Guarantee

The product comes with 60 days money back guarantee and if you are not completely satisfied with what you get, you will receive your money back.

The Cons

It May Take Time To Download The Package

The size of this download package is not small and if you have slow internet connection it may take you a couple of hours to download all the blueprints.

In this case it may be a good idea to upgrade to the DVD edition (you can do it at the members’ area).

May Be A Little Overwhelming At First

Just because there are so many different woodworking projects and plans, the members’ area can be a little overwhelming at first. However the plans are organized by category and once you get started, you will find it is not difficult to find what you are looking for.

Who is Ted’s Woodworking for?

If you are a woodworker looking for detailed plans to start building your dream projects, or if you want a variety of plans for various unique projects, then Ted’s Woodworking has you covered. The website has helpful insights for both beginner woodworkers and the more experienced ones.

Conclusion

Building complex projects or even the simple ones to meet specific needs can be very difficult even to experienced woodworkers especially when you can’t find a detailed plan. And most of the so-called “step by step” guides found online and in various magazines make building some projects harder than it should be.

This is because the plans are sometimes not specific enough or their instructions leave out crucial information assuming that you have enough experience to know what to do.

In addition, often, such plans don’t have enough detail. For instance, some don’t include pictures or the pictures they have don’t match what they are telling you. Still, some don’t even include cut sheets, so you are forced to “guesstimate” materials.

Overall, there is no doubt that Ted’s Woodworking is a very comprehensive and detailed woodworking package that comes with a great number of solutions for any kind of woodworking project you might think of.

There are other great woodworking packages online and some of them are cheaper than this one, but I seriously doubt that you will find any package that is so comprehensive as this one with its thousands of detailed instructions for all kinds of projects, great bonuses, and very good customer support.