Does anyone here make a little money doing this???
If you can find a local market, and provide value you will likely make a little.
I can motivate myself to start over again.
I have never gave much thought to the milling and fabrication of wood. My wife's retired parents had a nice thing going in crafts till the bottom fell out due to things being imported. One works for a tree service and does it part time, he makes garden trellises and arbors out of cedar.
He approached a local log home company and has some display models set up by there facility so prospective log home purchasers see the stuff. The owner of the log home company also makes furniture of the simple variety but does a real brisk business, it is a money maker for him.
I have another friend that logs and makes furniture on the side. He makes picnic tables and a lot of other things. Then he takes some jute or hemp rope and wraps it around the base a number of times lashing them together so they all stand side by side. He approached a local gas station owner who allowed him to put a number of his for sale items out front.
Service stations up here have a tremendous influx of weekenders and vacationers, people with summer homes and cabins, coming through every weekend.
I see log furniture as a big potential marked that is easy money. A local small town furniture store sells a lot of it and it is unbeleivable what they get for it considering the amount of time and money it takes to assemble it. Commercial circle sawmill sawyer in a past life. Jack is always frusterated by being compared price wise to products that will not stand the test of time. We’ve always admired natural woodcrafting and rustic creations.
We call our home “rustic zen”… though the zen part has been crowded out a bit by 25 years living in the same home and the way “stuff” can accumulate. And yet… in hard times, “stuff” might be used somehow, so it’s hard to decide when to “get rid” of those things that “just might come in handy some day”, you know?
Anyway, back to the topic of handmade rustic furniture and things. It’s rustic, not cushy, but it looks really cool!
They recommend using logs between 3″ and 6″ in diameter. Larger diameter logs can be used but can be difficult to drill through and connect. If you are using smaller logs, you can get away with using cheaper deck screws. Pursuits in recent years have been more planting seeds of ideas for business growth more than gardening. As a family we’re eager to dig more deeply into gardening and edible landscape for the love of fresh organic foods and self sustainability.
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You can make coffee table out of logs or side tables. If you are very handy you can make chair out of one big log. Also you can make different kinds of decorations out of logs. For example you can make candle holders or vases. Wooden lamps made out of logs can be very decorative piece for your home. Also you can decorate your wall with pieces of logs. Also, talk to family and friends to see if they know of people who are interested in log furniture.
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Word of mouth is a huge informational asset as well as a sales tactic.
You don't want to undercut your work, but you want to sell at a reasonable price so people want to buy from you. The first thing you need to do is consider your costs. The costs of the tools, materials and time. Once you set your price, unless you make drastic changes to the next items sold, you will be "stuck" close to the original price. Customers will take a cue from you in your attitude towards your items. So be sure not to undercut yourself and focus on the quality of your work to justify the price. If people contact you for custom pieces and you feel comfortable, be sure to take those on if the profit is there; but by focusing on one item at first, you reduce inventory of extra materials and tools, and also get more efficient with your time by streamlining the process. A popular item in most areas is log beds. Often times one item will lead to future sales. Many customers who purchase a bed will want a bedroom set (nightstands, dressers, etc.). While word of mouth is still one of the best sales tactics, using social media and other websites to spread the word can really help increase your business and awareness of your company. There are a lot of articles online of how to take great product shots with your smartphone. A little extra time in the beginning may be the difference between a sale. Good photos and quality descriptions also help justify your price to potential customers. Be sure to check out articles about simple changes that can affect the look of your product. If you have to hire someone to do this for you, then do it. Although if that is possible and profitable for you, then go for it. One bad experience from a customer can spread like wildfire. Bad quality products will reduce the chance of repeat customers as well as future referrals. Not completing projects on time causes customers to lose faith in your business as well as your word. Remember to under promise and over deliver. That doesn't mean spend all your profits right away, or buy the most expensive tools on the market. This means purchasing the tools you need to make your job easier and more efficient, or buying materials in bulk to get a better price. Cheaper costs for you as well as better efficiency puts more money in your pocket in the long run. Use your common sense when it comes to this, and save a little profit at a time versus spending everything all at once.