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#1 posted 07-19-2018 04:39 PM


Please take this as constructive I m not trying to discourage you but the vast, vast majority of consumers looking for a dining tables, dressers and headboards are going to a furniture store, not a furniture maker. Its a very tough business to start because of the extremely limited market willing to pay a premium for custom woodworking and furniture.

Trust me, no way you can compete with $50 solid oak chairs from Ikea.

I am finishing up a trestle dining table I can tell you I have north of $500 invested in the lumber and probably 200 hours of my time. I would have to charge $4500 for the table to make $20/hr. And I haven t made the chairs yet!

What I m saying is there s a reason why for every custom furniture maker there are, like 10,000 cabinet shops. I know a couple guys with shops making some furniture, but they all make there living in cabinet work. They both told me they lose money on furniture but do it because the love ww ing. IOW the cabinet shop subsidizes their furniture making.

What exactly does “create your own work” mean? There s no such thing as “build it and they will come” in woodworking :-D

Yes you need both a marketing and business plan. The analysis is what mahdee and rich said.

You re going to have up front capital investment to get things off the ground. My suggestion is to start building a portfolio, which means, start building some pieces. Doing this will help you with design, efficient production, and time. Have them professionally photographed. Get some brochures printed, start a website, Facebook etc.

You could target interior designers, high end builders, etc. You could show your pieces at an art fair or other venue like rent a booth at a home show.

And no, I wouldn t think you could sell a dining table without chairs.

- rwe2156

create my own work i.e. start a business i can work in. so youre saying i cant just build something and sell it, but then at the end youre saying i need to build stuff and sell it to have a portfolio. basically i want to build something, table, table with chairs, whatever and put it on a plethora of social media accounts. and again, i dont care if i make much on the stuff i build to begin with. people seem to eat up unique furniture on pinterest, etc, so i think i need to go with something that will stand out and not just be a cookie cutter project.

good advice on reaching out to builders and interior designers, i will likely do that once i have some stuff built.

also, the tables at ikea are trash, im sure the chairs are too, but ya, 50-100 for a chair is cheap, but again, if i cant make a dining set that looks better than something from ikea, im probably in trouble doing any sort of work for money period.


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