Woodwork as a Business

Getting Started
Money Matters
Welcome to Passion for Woodwork
Written by Web Master   
Saturday, 17 February 2007

If you have every thought about making money from your woodwork craft hobby, This is the place to be.  Here at Passion for Woodwork  we provide quality business advice, hints and tips to help turn your passion to profit. There is money to be made from your hobby and with the right advice and a little effort you can live the life of your dreams. Working at what you love and making money from it.

 

For a while now we have been selling a book called "Woodworking as a Business : Turning Your Passion to Profit" Image

The book has been a staple for many people building a woodworking craft  business. Take a look at it here .

 

So why start the Passion for Woodwork site ?


 

 



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Organizing Your Workshop
Written by derryck   
Thursday, 17 January 2008
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Oh, the idea of a workshop! Most of us think of studios as some lovely extra building that’s just devoted for our business: light, airy and private. The reality is most of us don’t have room for that kind of studio. Instead, we’ll have to carve out space for our business somewhere in the house. Most people start crafting projects in their garage. That’s great when you are working on a hobby, but it’s not practical for a business. You have to have a space for your business that will not require you to pack it up each night and unpack the next morning. It doesn’t have to be an entire room; it can be part of a room that is divided off from the rest of the house somehow (curtain, partition, screen or even bookcase).


There are two activities that you must consider – the actual creating of the furniture (production) and the business area (operations). Ideally, it would be great to have a designated area for each part of the business, but realistically few of us can accommodate that. Instead, you may need to plan your studio with the emphasis being on space for creating, and a small, more moveable area for the business functions.


In your area for creating wood furniture, you’ll need:


  • A work-surface or table: you’ll need an area for laying out the stock, cutting, making plans, etc. Old tables are great, or even inexpensive used or new kitchen counter top can be purchased, cut to the desired length, and attached to freestanding legs.

  • Bookcases or some kind of storage – you need a place to store supplies, stocks, plans, and books. You may also need some storage for storing remnants. You will have patterns, magazines and books that need to be stored as well. If you are using an extra bedroom as your studio space, think about converting the closet for storage of fabrics and other supplies.


Not only do you need a designated space for your business you also needs some additional equipment.


  • Additional tools for your woodworking activity: utility knife, screwdrivers, nail sets, a block plane, chisels, a level, a claw hammer, retractable tape measure, glue, paint.

  • Filing cabinet – at some point, you’ll have to set up files with your business licenses, future shows, competitions and customer files.

  • Computer – as mentioned earlier, your computer will help you. A good option to consider is a laptop that can be moved out of the way – this will really help with space conservation

  • Office supplies – paper, pens, pencils, etc.

  • Telephone – consider whether you want to invest in a private second line, separate from your home line. You’ll also need some type of answering machine or voice mail.


It’s easy to look through a list of equipment and get overwhelmed. The important thing to consider is what you need immediately, what you already have, what you can make do with, and what will you put off until a future date. Basically, you need to establish a budget of what can afford. The good news is that all of this information can be incorporated into your business plan later. We’ll discuss establishing a budget in the next chapter: Money Matters.



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Starting a Fence (Part 1 - Paling Fence Project)
Written by Derryck   
Thursday, 05 April 2007

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Here's a step by step process to building a wooden paling fence. Fencing is one of the best ways to use your woodworking skills to make some money. Its simple and fairly basic but the demand for fences in Australia especially is very high. Since I've spent a little time recently building fences and hanging gates I though I'd share my experiences and skills here. Fence building is definiately a two man job so find an able body assistant like my mate Morgan.

 

The owner of a property may have many reasons to build a fence. Here are some that have been mentioned to me:

  • keeping animals in (dogs mainly)
  •  keeping neighbors out
  • to get more privacy
  • reduce noise
  • get some wind protection
  • beautify the property boundary

In Australia we have a Torrens Cadasta for land definition and it is a legal requirement that you fence your boundaries. It is a fairly silly law these days and is not always enforced but if one neighbor desires a fence then a fence must be built and the cost shared by adjoining neighbors.

As a result fences are part of the Australia culture and almost every housing block in Australia is fenced on at least three sides. The main type of fence used is the paling fence. A wooden fence of posts, rails and paling. So how do you build a paling fence that will stand the test of time.



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