Here is a list of top 10 best selling (and profitable) woodcrafts & woodworking projects.
These are projects that are in high demand, evergreen, and that you can learn to sell directly to the consumer or wholesale to a retailer (tourist shops love to buy crafts these in bulk!)
There’s ton of other businesses models for making money with woodworking, but we’ll stick to the woodworking plans here.
You can expand the list to include the things you excel at making.
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There was a time when toys made out of wood were the most common thing. These days in most markets they have become a novelty. You only have to ask around to realize the premium, crazy prices being charged by stores for wooden toys for children.
Wooden toys are a hot selling category for many reasons. They are considered a novelty, safer than toys made from other materials and they usually last a very long time.
The result is that parents and everybody is ready to pay top dollar to buy even the simplest of wooden toys as long as they are well made from quality wood.
Since this is an item for children, you should take extra care to make the tie safe, sturdy and durable. Do not compromise on the materials you use. Use only the best.
A great option when making children’s furniture is to make it self assembly kind. That way you can even sell your furniture online and easily ship it in dis-assembled form.
A baby cradle is just one example of what is a very popular woodworking category i.e. baby and children’s furniture.
Parents often like to get special furniture for their children. Most of the times they need it. Babies and children need tables, chairs, storage cupboards, beds and an assortment of other items.
A wooden crib is a classic woodworking product that is always in high demand. Parents will usually spare no expense in picking up the best cradle they can afford to buy.
Once more, pay extra attention to the safety and quality of the product and use only the very best materials.
Bookcases never run short on demand. Every household needs several of them.
However, a simple variation can make your project stand out and become a hot selling woodworking item.
For example, make bookcases specifically to complement armchairs.
They are a popular addition that very few can resist. Not to mention they are items of great utility.
Picture frames are a very versatile woodworking project. You can make it as simple as you like. A little bit of ingenuity allows you to create several original designs.
This is one woodworking project that can never go stale, because you will never run out of ideas to make new designs and also because it is an evergreen item that will always be in demand.
Picture frames are definitely an excellent money making product (if you know how to sell them!)
It doesn’t really get simpler than this. Think of ideas for making small boxes that sever a purpose.
There are so many things that people need small wooden boxes for.
As long as you use good wood, make the box strong and use good finishing, your project does not have to be either elaborate or complicated.
A simple but popular example of our small wooden box is a chip box.
I’m sure you can find dozens of other useful ideas for your woodworking box projects.
You should know that outdoor woodworking projects are extremely popular. There are many small projects you can do for the garden, portico etc.
A very charming and popular woodworking project is a birdhouse.
It’s a little strange but you can charge premium prices for birdhouses and people are ready to pay for it.
I think the reason is the end result and the function that a bird house is supposed to serve.
People who want to enjoy birds succumbing to the garden, attach a high value to a functional and nice looking bored house.
And who doesn’t really want pretty birds coming and chirping in their gardens.
Therefore, the birdhouse is one of the top-selling woodworking projects.
I can tell you from my experience and perhaps you know this as well, a blanket chest is an item of great utility. A blanket chest is not necessarily an item to be only used in cold weather places.
Most of the households use items that need to be stored away either during the day or at night.
For example, extra throw pillows need to be removed from the bed every night before sleeping.
Similarly, sheets, covers, blankets that are used while sleeping need to be stored in a convenient and accessible place during the day.
A blanket chest is a utility item of everyday need in a majority of households. And that makes it one of the best sellers.
Once again, the stress of making this woodworking project is on quality, endurance and finish. The design and the construction can be left simple.
You may be well aware of the fact that items for household are always popular. This is an example of a really simple woodworking project that sells very well.
While making fruit bowls, the important thing to keep in mind is your design and finish.
Because a fruit bowl is a common item, it sells a lot. However, because of the same reason there are lots of them available.
The good news is that it is not difficult to make unique wooden fruit bowls that will stand out among the competition. A little bit of ingenuity produces great results.
You will be very surprised at a lot of things about this project.
It is very economical to make, simple, takes little time and ends up looking and selling like a premium high quality woodworking item.
A very, very interesting woodworking project you can undertake is to make spoons and ladles of all sizes out of wood.
These items are really coming back in a big way. You can attract a lot of attention and sell these items very well.
People are beginning to use more wholesome utensils in the kitchens.
Wooden spoons, ladles and other kitchen utensils are going to be raging popular products.
Jim Morgan is a full time home-based woodworking business owner. He started out in 1995 with a 10×12 foot space and built a small but thriving woodworking home business with no capital outlay within the first year.
Jim has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, USA today and is a regular contributor to many publications and has helped thousands of woodworkers earn a living from home, doing what they love. He founded WoodProfits to share his years of knowledge with the woodworking community. He currently lives in Cypress, Texas with his wife and 2 sons.