15 Most Profitable Woodworking Projects to Build and Sell

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Not all projects can necessarily generate a profit. Some might have aesthetic appeal but lack customer demand. Drawing upon my extensive years of experience in the industry, I’d like to share with you some of the woodworking projects that have proven to be the most profitable for those looking to build and sell their creations. This insight can help ensure your efforts yield worthwhile returns.

15 Worthwhile Woodworking Projects For Profit

1. DIY Wine Racks

DIY Wine Racks

good way for a woodworking project to sell, your idea must have a practical use. A wine bottle rack is one of those ideas, and it’s a flexible one too.

Even if your customer doesn’t have a wine bottle in their house, you can place a wide array of items on this such as soda bottles, juice bottles, or even small potted plants. You can store different kinds of stuff on a wine bottle rack, making it a nifty piece of home décor.

This shelf or rack project is easy to make as well. Scrap wood or pallet wood can be used for this project, so you can use some leftover slabs that you have. It’s actually a simple idea, but because it’s practical, it will definitely sell.

2. Picture Frames

Wooden Picture Frame

As someone with extensive experience in this field, I understand the significance of adorning one’s home with cherished memories and joyful moments. This is precisely why I often recommend considering picture frames as one of the most appealing items to offer for sale. Not only are they a beloved element of home decor, but they also offer a remarkable level of customization, allowing you to distinguish your product in a crowded market.

Also, like creating a DIY wood signs, picture frames are a low-commitment project because you’re not looking at too much equipment and power tools. You just need a few trusted hand tools and small pieces of wood, plus basic woodworking skills. It would also help to think outside the box – you don’t need to succumb to tradition and create a rectangular shape.

In fact, you can try new shapes, new colors, new wood textures, and any unique idea you may have for this project. Whatever idea you can execute with your skills, there’s a high chance this project will sell.

3. Pet House

Plywood Pet House

If you can make bigger woodwork projects, a pet house is a great idea. Many people have pets and they’re always looking out for their needs, so a project like this is an easy sell if you can build something simple, durable, and appealing to pet owners.

With big wooden projects like this, you can really make a good profit. You can also be a little bit more creative by thinking bigger. You can build a pet house that can accommodate more than one pet, and if you’re targeting higher-end customers, you can build something with a separate bathroom, eating area, and even indoor heating.

If you can handle big projects, just make sure the materials are of the best quality so that your business will earn nicely. The process can be difficult depending on your skills, but you can take out your one-sheet plywood to create this and more.

4. Wooden Toys

Wooden Toy

When considering strategies for building a successful business, it’s essential to keep in mind the value of customer retention. As someone well-versed in this field, I often emphasize the importance of not merely focusing on one-time sales but rather on crafting products or services that consistently draw customers back to your business.

Wooden toys, like wooden blocks for kids, are a great example of this. You don’t even need advanced woodworking skills because whittling may be enough for some designs. Plus, toys are always going to be popular with kids, so that’s a demographic you can explore.

If you have kids yourself, you can have them test out the toys you’ve built or even pretend that your kids made them by taking a photo of them holding a toy chainsaw while posing next to the wooden toy you’ve made. Of course, a much better idea would be to let them actually experience woodworking by inviting them to make a fun woodworking project suitable for children.

5. Unique Storage Boxes

Unique Storage Boxes

This is also known as a bedside box, but it can actually be scaled up or down into any size you want. Because these boxes are versatile and can be used anywhere around the house, they’re one of the pallet projects you can try to sell.

The image above is just a skeleton of a design. Like with other projects, you can get creative and sell it for a higher price point. You can use different types of wood to give it more texture or even embed a good pattern on the surface.

Items like this make wonderful gifts, so building and selling them could make a good profit. After all, boxes are cheap and useful, so it could be a popular product to sell.

6. Wall Planter

Wall Planter

Potted plants have a slew of health benefits [1] which is why they have a home in so many of our residences. In fact, people are willing to pay money (sometimes a lot) to have plants strategically placed around the house in cute holders.

If this is something you see yourself  building and selling, there’s a high chance it could earn you a nice profit. Plus, you might only need leftover pieces of wood to build a wall planter, so it’s one of the wood projects that won’t take much supplies, just like making eco-friendly sola wood flowers.

To ensure optimal stability on the wall, it is advisable to design your wall planter to accommodate smaller plants. However, you can create multiple smaller holes and cultivate an entire wall garden in your home if you want

7. Bathtub Caddy

Bathtub Caddy

In today’s tech-savvy world, I often find that many individuals yearn for a moment of true relaxation, especially after a demanding day at work. Personally, I’ve noticed that it can be quite challenging to detach from our phones or computers and fully immerse ourselves in that much-needed respite. This is precisely why the simple pleasure of unwinding in a bathtub with an engaging novel can provide such a soothing escape to help ease the stresses of modern life.

However, there is a risk of getting these items wet. That’s where a nicely built wooden bathtub caddy comes in, a perfect wood turning project, as well. With these nifty wood projects, you can make yourself some money while solving a long-existing problem at home.

A way to personalize this is to etch designs into them such as initials, patterns, and pictures. But of course, you can be as creative or as simple as you want.

8. Jewelry Box

Jewelry Box

We’ve mentioned storage boxes previously on our list, and if you want to take it up a notch, a jewelry box is  a really good idea. You can include organizers inside the wood base, making it easy to sort through necklaces, earrings, and other pieces of jewelry.

One of the things you can also do is line the inside with velvet fabric to make it more premium-looking. A jewelry box would also be a nice gift, whether for yourself or for another person.

9. Wood Coasters

Wooden Coasters

While small wooden coasters don’t typically go for a great amount of money, you can increase the price point a bit higher if it’s handmade. Plus, you can market these coasters as items with environmental benefits since they’re made of sustainable materials.

Making these pallet coasters isn’t difficult compared to building a wooden crate from pallets. You can just use the leftover pieces of scrapwood that you have lying around. After all, leftovers from larger projects can pile up and clutter your shop, so making these coasters is a good idea to put them to use and earn money while doing so.

10. Wooden Cutting Board/Serving Tray

Cutting Board

For a project to sell, you need to be inventive. One way to do that is by making dual-purpose products like this. This is a cutting board that can easily be made into a great serving tray for cold cuts.

The idea might be creative but it’s not difficult to make. This is a perfect way to begin woodworking as a rewarding hobbyHowever, it may take you some time to piece slabs of wood together. Or, you can just use a whole piece if you have it.

To turn this cutting board into a serving tray, just add handles and a drip guard. You can also etch and chisel some designs into the flat surface to make it even more presentable.

If you have time to search for styles, you can get a lot of inspiration online. Then again, you can just create your original one for a unique touch.

11. Birdhouses/Birdfeeders

Birdhouse

Birdhouses might seem outdated and can be considered wood crafts for kids for their simplicity, but they’re actually one of the most profitable woodworking projects to build and sell. They remain popular because birds are still abundant (thankfully) and they could always use a small home.

Buying ready-made birdhouses from big box stores can dent your wallet, so if you build and sell these projects, you can make a good profit for yourself while offering them to customers for a lower price.

Offering a more budget-friendly price point is an effective strategy for enticing potential buyers. In my experience, it’s often a winning approach. Additionally, if you’re looking to enhance your product’s value and justify a slight price increase, consider providing personalized options. This not only adds a unique touch to your offerings but can also be achieved by repurposing some of the wood pieces you may already have on hand.

12. Patio Swing

Patio Swing

If your skills are a bit more advanced, larger plans like a patio swing or the wooden pet house we mentioned can be a good source of income as well.  For these plans, however, we suggest learning advanced skills first through best furniture making books and then testing out the final piece yourself.

You’ll be selling these bigger items for a higher price, so make sure it’s steady, stable, and strong. Larger wooden items do bring in more cash, but it would also need more effort and time in making them. 

We suggest drawing your woodworking plan first before executing the project as your guide. If the benefits outweigh the costs, then making a patio or porch swing is a great project to sell in your business.

But even if you’re not looking to sell, we’re sure you’d have the best time using this patio swing at home.

13. Coat Rack/Purse Rack/Towel Rack

Coat Rack

Another useful place to start with a woodworking business is a coat rack. When scaled down, this great woodworking idea can be a key holder or umbrella rack as well.

Building it is pretty easy, and even if you can’t make your own wooden hooks, you can always buy them at your local hardware store. You can also use different types of wood for this project, and you can either paint it or finish it with a nice varnish or topnotch semi-transparent deck stain.

Feel free to offer personalization options too. A great way to do that is by adding name labels on top of each hook. This would go nicely in a school setting or just to show family members where to put their belongings. 

14. Storage Beds

Storage Bed

If building a storage bed platform is too big of a commitment for you, then simply making the storage drawers to go under beds is another idea you might want. These large tasks can make more money in the end when you sell them, so they’re one of the most profitable ones on this list.

Undertaking a project of this magnitude can be quite challenging, and it’s perfectly acceptable to seek assistance when necessary. However, I’ve often found that many individuals appreciate the benefits of utilizing the often-neglected space beneath their beds. Upon closer examination, it becomes evident that this area presents an excellent storage solution for decluttering a room effectively.

15. Furniture

Furniture

You can build all different kinds of furniture that you want. With projects like this, you can always go with your imagination and make your product unique and attractive for those looking to start or redecorate their homes.

Just remember that larger pieces may require more effort, but you can also expect more cash return as well. For woodworkers who have experience building furniture, it’s a great avenue to showcase your own style and skills.

There’s loads of different furniture you can build, may it be for the living room, bedroom, dining room, or the backyard. If you can make customized furniture, that’s also a profitable woodworking project. Remember, in order to profit, it is crucial to know where to sell your wood projects and what platforms to use for your business. 

Conclusion

Most of these items are easy to make if you have some basic knowledge about woodworking, and even beginners can do these DIY projects. If you’re ever confused what project to make, remember that there are a ton of things you can make out of wood. With time and effort, your skills and personal style can lead to profitable returns in flea markets or online.

We hope our list has given you inspiration for woodworking projects that make money. These are all great ideas you can use for your business.

Are you considering buying tools and plans from certain woodworking sites? Do your research by starting with our review of Woodcraft, next!

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Robert Johnson is a passionate furniture maker & carpenter, sought after for his knowledge on the craft.
You’ve probably seen his down-to-earth wisdom in USA Today, Bobvila, Family Handyman, and The Spruce, where he has shared commentary and guidance on various woodworking topics.

Robert is the brain behind Sawinery, where he aims to share tips, tricks, and a passion for all things carpentry.

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