Our 5 Projects That Sell the Best

Updated: Oct 16, 2020

We do a lot of talking on our YouTube channel about being efficient with how and what you sell in your woodworking business. Honestly, the majority of that is due to the fact that we (and so many woodworkers like us) have full-time jobs and do this “maker” thing on the side.

For example – we don’t have enough time to do a Queen Anne Highboy in a reasonable time period right now that people would want to pay money for! The customer would have to wait MONTHS if not a YEAR for us to finish that. And the bigger question there is….do the people around us really want one of those? Is there a market for those in our area that it’s worth saying no to tons of other business just so we can spend a year making this elaborate walnut highboy?!

The answer to that question for us (right now anyway!) is no! Who knows, though, maybe someday we’ll be doing this full time with dozens of employees and it will be worth our time, labor, and materials.

But for now, we’ve found what works for us and what allows us to grow our business, make money, and plan for our future! We thought that maybe sharing these 5 things that we’ve found sell BEST for us (and when we say best, we not only mean that we sell a lot of them, but that their profit margins are well worth what time we have left after we get home from our full-time jobs) would help others accelerate their businesses too. So here we go:

Number one: Desks! A ton of people in our area have requested custom desks whether it’s because they’re going back to school or because they simply want to fill that odd spot on the side of their kitchen to pile up mail…..okay maybe that’s just me…. Either way, they’re fairly simple even with all bells and whistles and provide a nice profit margin.

This is a desk we made for a friend using a solid walnut top and wood dyed slats for the shelves.

Walnut Custom Desk Build

Number two: Coffee Tables! You wanna talk about efficiency in making multiple sales with one client…..here it is. the coffee table. I say this because very rarely do we ONLY make somebody a coffee table. People usually request them to match another piece we’ve already made, or they request additional furniture to match the coffee table. We love our coffee tables because just about every single person wants one in their living room. They’re a staple that allows people to express their overall home style with the design. This is such an awesome opportunity to say, “hey you know what would match this table perfectly?! A bookshelf in the corner made from the same type of materials. It would really tie your whole look together”.