Top 10 Best Selling Wood Projects | Woodcrafts That Make You More Money


What if you knew the exact very woodworking projects that sell?

Knowing the best selling products is the secret sauce for not just woodworking but any kind of business. These are the wood crafts that give maximum returns for your work, enabling you earn the deserved sum of money from your woodworking business.

Discovering the wood crafts that sell well is all the more important with todays woodworking because of the competition with the factories and mass manufactures. Individual handmade woodcrafts are still in for a keen fight simply because of the sheer variety of things that can be made with woodworking.

What follows is a short list of best selling wood project ideas. These are not exhaustive by any standard. They can be thought of as general categories within which you can come up with ideas of your own. These are woodcrafts that have historically done well as handmade crafts.

Many of them are small woodcrafts that are simple in construction, and yet highly popular and profitable. The category of small wood crafts is something you must definitely explore to come with many more profitable ideas of your own.

Here are 10 examples of wood crafts that have shown themselves to be best-sellers consistently for many years.

10 Best Selling Wood Project Ideas.

Children’s Wooden Toys.

There was a time when toys made out of wood were the common thing. These days in most markets they have become a novelty. You only have to ask around to realise the premium, crazy prices being charged by stores for wooden toys for children. Wooden toys are a hot selling category for many reasons.

Children wooden toys are definitely a profitable niche, but woodworkers are deterred in working in this niche because laws in the US require mandatory testing and compliance with certain safety standards. This is a required process also to ensure safety of the children. However, this is often an expensive and time consuming process and difficult to engage in for individual woodworkers with small businesses.

They are considered a novelty, safer than toys made from other materials and they usually last a very long time. The result is that parents and everybody is ready to pay top dollar to buy even the simplest of wooden toys as long as they are well made from quality wood.

Educational wooden toys for children.

When it comes to making wood projects that sell, toys score on double grounds. People not only buy it for their own kids but also for gifting to other children which means multiple sales for multiple occasions.

Simple wooden toys.

Since this is an item for children, you do need to make the toys safe, sturdy and durable. Do not compromise on the materials you use. As already mentioned, there will be safety regulations to comply with.

To avoid spending too much time and money with this process, do a deep research as to which children wooden toys are going to sell the best. Shortlist a few, get them approved and stick to selling these best selling toys. You can always add to the list if some new successful project ideas develop later.

Also see: 12 best selling wooden toys and 7 reasons why you should make children’s toys and furniture.

Wooden Cribs and Cradles

Cribs can sell for a lot of money.

A baby cradle is just one example in what is a very popular category for making money with woodworking i.e. baby and children furniture. Parents often like to get special furniture for their children. Most of the times they need it the young age and special requirements often calls for custom woodworking.

Wooden baby cribs.

Babies and children need tables, chairs, storage cupboards, beds and an assortment of other items. Even if not completely customised from the scratch, individual woodworkers are in a better place to cater to this specialised demand because not much variety may be available commercially.

A wooden crib is a classic woodworking product that is in high demand. Parents will usually spare no expense in picking up the best cradle they can afford to buy. Once more, pay extra attention to the safety and quality of the product and use only the very best materials.

Custom children furniture.

A great option when making children’s furniture is to make it self assembly kind. That way you can even sell your furniture online and easily ship it in dis-assembled form.

Bunk beds.

Armchair / Couch Side Bookcase.

Bookcases never run short on demand. Every household needs several of them. However, a simple variation can make your project stand out and become a hot selling woodworking item. Make bookcases specifically to complement armchairs. They are a popular addition that very few can resist. Not to mention they are items of great utility.

Think of a shelf that can be kept right next the side of a couch along its side. A person can just reach down to store various things in the compartments including books, tablets and anything else that they frequently use when they sit on the couch.

Pallet furniture is cost effective to make, eco-friendly and popular.

Picture frames.

Picture frames is a versatile and evergreen woodworking project that sells. You can make it as simple as you like. A little bit of ingenuity allows you to create several original designs. This woodworking project doesn’t get stale, because you cannot run out of ideas for new designs, and also because it is a wood project that will always be in demand.

The key to making money with this wood craft is to reach a lot of people. Wood frames can exist in a wide price range and one can take advantage of this by having a versatile pricing range. Everyone loves picture frames and with your pricing model you can attract a wide range of spenders too.

The simplicity of this wood craft is by no means a reflection on it being a money maker. A single wooden picture frame can go into hundreds of dollars with a profit margin to match. The woodworkers usually achieve this by workmanship and the choice of materials used.

One can also take advantage of promoting and selling online because picture frames tend to be relatively small, lightweight and perfect for shipping to other parts of the country. The potential of selling online is extensive. You can reach millions of interested buyers, specially if you can leverage its true potential. One of the ways of doing that is to sell a portable item that can be sold and shipped to people far away.

If you are serious about making money with your woodworking, you must look into 2 things seriously:

  • Making small crafts with high profit margin that take less time to make.
  • Promotong and selling your wood craft online so that you expand your market exponentially.

We wrote a post on how to promote and sell woodcrafts sometime back. Read it for some extra information on the subject.

Small wooden boxes.

It doesn’t really get simpler than this. Think of ideas for making small boxes that serve a purpose. There are so many things that people need small wooden boxes for.

As long as you use good wood, make the box strong with a great finish, your project does not have to be either elaborate or complicated. I’m sure you can find dozens of other useful ideas for your woodworking box projects including jewellery boxes, chip boxes, drawer organisers, boxes to keep expensive pens and stationary, cases for glasses etc.

Wood Birdhouses For All Kinds Of Birds

You should know that outdoors woodworking projects are extremely popular. There are many small projects you can do for the garden, portico etc. A very charming and popular woodworking project is a birdhouse.

A birdhouse is simply an example of the numerous simple and attractive wood projects you can make for the garden and the outdoors. Other examples are pot holders, garden chairs, trellis, garden storage boxes, planters, pet bowl stand, small tables, benches and so much more.

It’s a little strange but you can charge premium prices for birdhouses and people are ready to pay for it. People who want to enjoy birds coming to the garden, attach a high value to a functional and nice looking bird-house. And who doesn’t really want pretty birds coming and chirping in their gardens. Therefore, birdhouse is one of the top-selling woodworking projects.

Here is a link to a post we wrote on how to make perfect birdhouse for the right birds.

Different kinds of birdhouses.

Blanket Chest and Other Big Storage.

I can tell you from my experience and perhaps you know this as well, a blanket chest is an item of great utility. A blanket chest is not necessarily an item to be only used in cold weather places.

A blanket chest is a good wood project. In fact, any kind of a chest is usually a good project to make and sell. Wooden chests look great anywhere in the house and they can be used as a convenient storage for lots of things, including blankets. You can even design one to work as a centre table as well as storage.

Most of the households use items that need to be stored away either during the day or at night. For example, extra throw pillows need to be removed from the bed every night before sleeping. Similarly, sheets, covers, blankets that are used while sleeping need to be stored in a convenient and accessible place during the day.

A blanket chest is a utility item of everyday need in a majority of households. And that makes it one of the best selling wood projects. Once again, the stress on making this woodworking project is on quality, endurance and finish. The design and the construction can be left simple.

Wooden Fruit And Serving Bowls

You step in to wholly different skill set when you start working with a lathe. You can make simple objects with a lathe and still create best sellers. Some examples of wood crafts made with a lathe are bowls, spoons, paper weights, baseball bats, candle holders and more.

You may be well aware of the fact that items for household are always popular. This is an example of a really simple woodworking project that sells very well. While making fruit bowls, the finish is important. Many crafters prefer to leave it as natural as possible, relying mainly on beautiful grain of the wood to give the food bowl it’s look. You do get food safe finishes for finishing wood crafts such as this.

Wooden Serving and eating bowls.

A note on the safety of solvent based wood finishes: An interesting fact that many woodworkers point out is this. General finishes are considered unsafe for wood crafts that will come in contact with food. However, many professional woodworkers tell us that this doesn’t matter so much as one might think. The reason is that a finish has two compounds in it, one is the solvent and the other one is resin. The solvent part is the harmful one whereas the resin is not. After a finish has curated and dried completely, all the solvent has evaporated and only the resin remains on the wood surface, which is not dangerous.

Anyway, this is something I have heard some professional woodworkers say and I don’t know how far it is correct. If you know something about this, please free to leave a comment below.

Because a fruit bowl is a common item, it sells a lot. However, because of the same reason there are lots of them available. The good news is that it is not difficult to make unique wooden fruit bowls, as well as the fact that simple and elegant food bowls sell just as well.

While wooden bowls are very famously a handmade wood craft as well, getting a simple lathe will be a great idea for this wood project. It will speed up the work allowing you to make more and sell more. Besides, getting familiar with a lathe will hold you in good stead in creating other hot selling wood crafts as well, some of which we are going to mention further on in this post.

Wood Clocks.

You will be very surprised at a lot of things about this project. It is very economical to make, simple, takes little time and ends up looking and selling like a premium high quality woodworking item. Well, clocks come in all shapes and sizes and you don’t have to restrict yourself to any one. There are 2 different ways you can go with this.

Clocks and timepieces are needed in every home. Wooden ones are classic. Small wooden clocks for the home are a very attractive craft to make and sell.

First example is the picture shown above. You can source the watch mechanism from somewhere and then craft a well finished wooden body to fit that body in. The overall result should be something you see in the picture above. There kinds of wooden clocks are a great addition to office desks and wall mantles. But there really are hundreds of designs you can create for all kinds of clocks for walls, desks, side tables etc.

The second option is to actually create the complete clock from wood. This means making a pendulum clock with every part cut from wood, including the gears inside and everything. This is definitely a niche wood craft and even though it is not very practical, as it needs to be winded often, minimum once a day, many people would love to have it hanging on their walls as a unique show piece. Do look into it and see if you find the project interesting.

Wooden Spoons and Ladles.

Wooden spoons.

A very very interesting woodworking project you can undertake is to make spoons and ladles of all sizes out of wood. These items are really coming back in a big way. I sincerely feel you can attract a lot of attention and sell these items very well. People are beginning to use more wholesome utensils in the kitchens. Wooden spoons and ladles are going to be raging popular products.

This is another project we recommend using a lathe for, just like the wooden bowls mentioned above. Getting a lathe will go a long way in making any kind of wood bowls, spoons and ladles, although this wood project can be done with a handful of hand tools. All you will really need is a set of good chisels and sanding pads.

Here are a few things to keep in mind.

  1. Some wood crafts will be sell better than others depending on where you live, if you intend to sell locally.
  2. The options for making wood crafts is limitless. Choose a popular category or specialise in a particular project. For example, you can either make only children’s toys or expand to making children furniture, cradles, cupboards etc.
  3. The best selling wood crafts mentioned belong in profitable woodworking business niches. Your job is to discover more such crafts in every niche.
  4. Your own skill and interest plays a large part in what you make. The more you enjoy making something, the more you are likely to be creative about the process and come up with new successful ideas constantly.
  5. Target a niche. I cannot say this enough number of time. The more specific you get with what you make, the more money you will make. Find ways to target people with a particular need. Read more about creating niche best selling wood projects.
Garden and outdoor wood projects is an enjoyable and simple niche to work in.
Simple wood shelves.
All weather outdoor wood chairs and benches.

So, this list is not just naming 10 individual high selling wood projects. They are also broad categories that you can work in, and come up with other great ideas of your own.

If you would like to share your own ideas about bestselling woodworking crafts go ahead and post your comments below. Thank you for reading.

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