Woodworking: Jumpstart Your Business in Your Garage
Sep 24, 2021
Do you enjoy woodworking? Is your house filled with wooden furniture that is uniquely made by you? And oftentimes your guests would show appreciation for these pieces and would ask where you have bought them. But to their surprise, they were handcrafted by you. And the flow of conversation would be diverted to convincing you to sell them your wood masterpieces.This may be a good starter to get you thinking that woodworking can be a potential side hustle, if not the main business for you. As they say, do what you love, and you wouldn’t feel like working.
What you can offer the market
Your friends and family are your first customers. You can get insights from them on what could be the focus of your woodworking business. That is also in consideration of your skillset and experience in crafting wooden furniture. But don’t be discouraged when they will suggest anything that you haven’t tried before. This could be a good chance to discover new horizons. And who knows, you might exceed expectations.Of course, you can still continue crafting the kind of furniture you are accustomed to. Besides, it took you years to master doing them so that will be an edge for you.There are a ton of potential products that you can offer. Some of these are cabinets, bookshelves, console tables, coffee tables, entertainment stands, pet houses, jewelry boxes, wooden toys, and more.
The woodworking space
Since you have started woodworking as a hobby, it is good to presume that you already have established a space where you can work on the projects. As you are working with wood, a bigger space to accommodate the woodblocks and other tools is needed. The garage space is a good place to establish your workspace as it is technically outside of your living space. The noise and clutter can be controlled in the garage space. And speaking of noise, it is inevitable that the machines and the thumping of wood can create noise. Be wary of your neighbors as well. It will be for the benefit of you and your neighbors if you install soundproofing in your garage.Aside from the noise, dust and dirt will fill the place. So, it is good to have a workspace that is well-ventilated and well-lit. And a vacuum can come in handy when cleaning.As the wood materials are heavy, as well as the machines such as woodcutters and saws, a sturdy workbench should be one of the priorities when purchasing hardware for your woodworking space. The Fleximounts Durable Workbench with Built-in Drawer WB201 would fit the bill.The workbench is designed with high-quality craftsmanship. Its work surface is made from rubberwood measuring 1-in thick and sealed with varnish to protect against chips and scratches. The weight capacity it can hold is up to 3,000 lbs. The built-in storage drawer embedded in the worktop provides seamlessly integrated storage space for your workshop supplies. The modern design blends in perfectly with the rest of the structure while keeping your belongings out of sight and neatly put away. Even if you are working on uneven floors, the adjustable feet make it easy to level the workbench as needed. Moreover, you can use this workbench for multiple applications. You can set this up in your home, garage, warehouse, mailroom, basement, workshop, or office.Stocking wood planks and big machines like the different types of a saw in the garage can eat floor space. A strategic way to organize them is to store them in overhead garage storage. A good rack is the Fleximounts 4’x4’ Overhead Garage Storage Rack GL44B.This ceiling storage lift can be raised and lowered by crank or power drill, which can let you access with ease all the materials that are stored high above the garage floor without using a ladder. Having this mechanism allows you to protect yourself from potential accidents brought about by climbing a ladder or heavy lifting. You need not worry about the storage lift loosening when not in use because it has a specially designed safety lock that prevents any movement. And it is so simple to use. Just use the winding pole to pull out the safety lock on the gearbox, then push back in to lock after use. Also, its construction is built to last with heavy gauge steel, premium hardware, and top-quality parts, and can carry up to 300lbs. Moreover, it is compatible with different ceiling joists of both wood and concrete ceilings and has adjustable length steel cable which allows it to be installed on angled ceilings.For smaller tools like wood chisels, wood sealer, hammer, hand drill, tape measure, carpenter’s framing square, and the like, the Fleximounts Customizable Workbench Shelving Frame WB107 is a good option. Its heavy-duty construction holds twice more than traditional workbenches and offers dependable load-bearing performance, which can hold up to 1,000 lbs per shelf. The iron-made workbench legs can last for years and are made of top-quality stainless steel screws. What’s more is that you can choose and customize the shape, color, and size to suit your ideal specifications of up to 8 ft long and up to 4 ft wide. The customizable workbench can also be used in multiple ways such as assembling tables, potting benches, or even study desks or work from home desks.
Promote your crafts
In this day and age of digital media, posting on social networking sites can jumpstart your promotion. You can also join a community forum for woodworking hobbyists and furniture marketplace. A website is also helpful as people would be most likely to check the authenticity of your products. If you are tech-savvy or you know someone who is, you can also post video logs on Youtube. You may start by putting content such as how to do a simple wood cabinet or anything that might be interesting. From there, you can promote your products at the end of the video.