Wood Projects That Sell – If you’re like me, you love building stuff out of wood. That’s what we do, we create, come up with cool ideas, build things that make awesome and practical gifts, etc. I get requests on a regular basis from friends and family for a new project they need me to make them. This is all fine and good, but what can I say, there just isn’t enough time in the day to crank all these out. I’ve got 3 kids and work a full-time job, so this is a ‘in-muh-spare-time’ kind of hobby. At first, I didn’t even consider making woodworking projects that sell. But eventually it starts to make sense. People who love to make beautiful wooden items will appreciate the tips and techniques for woodworking included here in this guide.We will go through some easy projects that you can begin with right away. Of course, we will also go over the tools that you will use.
Starting from the basics, you will need a power jointer and thickness planer. A power jointer is an efficient tool for flattening surfaces.The planer, on the other hand, allows on you to cut the wood into the thickness you need and also to create a perfect parallel surface.
You will also need a circular saw. This is also referred as a hand-held electric circular saw, and it is primarily used for cutting wood straight through. It makes sawing through larger wood pieces much easier.A helpful tip when using a circular saw is to remember the size of the blade. The larger the blade, the deeper the cuts it can make.Most blade capacities with 6 inches or more can cut through the lumbar by 2 inches at an angle of 45 degrees with only one pass. The common blade diameter is found to be 7- ¼ inches.
Straight and curved cuts are possible using a jigsaw. This tool is reliably easy and safe to use. It can also cut through plywood, plastic, metal and even ceramic tiles.If you want to be detailed with your wood work, you can look for a coping saw. This is used for complex external shapes and interiors. When cutting larger sheet materials, the blade can be angled in the frame.
A combination square is another tool to consider in your work. It has extensive use in woodworking. This consists of an interchangeable head, the square head, which is very common and used to lay or check right angles and angles of 45 degrees.Another helpful tool is the power drill, an electric motor that can make holes in wood, plastic or metal. Remember to keep some spare drill bits on hand when using this tool.
Carving is part of woodworking, and you will tool like a chisel and others. Use the right sized chisel for the job.You will also need a hammer and some screwdrivers too. Finally, you want to consider having a workbench for holding workpieces together.Now that we have already gone over some of the necessary tools you need, it’s time to check out some of the wood projects that make money.
1. Floating Shelves
This is from Krista at Remodelaholic. She uses knotty Aldor in her tutorial and finishes with a gel stain. These are obviously options that you could change.
But the build is done right, with the solid and sturdy torsion box style construction. She basically is using a table saw to rip the pieces down to the right width, and joinery is all glue, screws, and a finish nailer. This makes for a simple project that is well put-together and should last a lifetime. I love it.
If you don’t have a table saw, you can buy certain types of boards at pre-cut widths, or you can have the guys at the store rip them for you. Then use your miter saw to cut the final lengths when assembling.
2. Chalkboard Shelf Unit
Here’s a simple DIY knockoff build of an otherwise pricey and great-looking chalkboard shelf unit. The build was done by Scott at SawsOnSkates.
The joinery requires no glue, just pocket screws using a Kreg jig. But before attaching, he rounds over each board for this look. Metal brackets painted black wrap each corner for good looks.
After applying the stain and finish to the shelf unit, he cuts the chalkboard backing down to size with a circular saw and attaches it using finish nails.
Obviously, you can use different tools than mentioned here, as this is just a guide with his methods and his chosen finish, which can be anything you want.
I plan on trying this using pine 1-bys with a dark chestnut finish, as that would better match the other furniture I’ve built. Other than that I really like this style and I think Scott did a great job on this build.
3. Box Shelves
Built on the cheap and with superior quality, this great-looking box shelving unit was put together with a full tutorial with pictures from FamilyHandyman. He even offers suggestions to turn this into a more formal style vs the rustic look pictured here.
This is basically a collection of single boxes which he details how to build individually. Some you can put the backing on, others leave it off so the wall can be seen behind the shelf. The construction is done with glue and nails. Then stain or paint however you prefer.
When hanging, you can attach them all together with screws, and he offers his methods for hiding the screw heads.
4. Wood Framed Magnetic Chalk Board
Built with basic tools, from AnikasDIYLife, this interesting and handy magnetic chalkboard is sure to sell.
I would use a scroll saw, she uses a jig saw. Just use whichever you have, obviously, her tool of choice is less expensive.