Being a woodworker can be rough sometimes, but nothing is better than the satisfaction of seeing others making use of your creations. Or, if not that, you can always sell them and make some money. That is good too, right? But before you become one, ask yourself what the number one reason for that might be. Are you looking to turn your hobby into a full-time business, or are you in it to save money by doing it yourself? Do not get hasty, because the latter is rarely the case. Yes, you heard me; making your own furniture, for example, is – more often than not – actually more expensive than just visiting a store and buying it. Sorry to disappoint you, but it's true. If those are not your intentions, feel free to read on, otherwise I'll look into other areas to save money.
Okay, now that this is out of the way, let me move onto other things you should bear in mind. Materials are also quite expensive. Do not be tempted to use cheaper materials like reconstituted sawdust in any form, it simply is neither durable nor nor strong. Not to mention it's not exactly good looking. Choose quality wood, even if that means you will pay more.
You will need tools, and guess what … those may not be as affordable as some like to think. If you've just opened a business, treat them as an investment. Your future business depends on you having them, so only become a woodworker if you're ready to make large quantities of items which you will usually sell or auction off. Mass manufacturers, for example, do not experience the cost of tools as heavily as smaller business owners do … after all, the former sell a large quantity of items while the latter might not. One of these groups has it harsher, go figure.
It's also important to get woodworking plans with detailed instructions, the list of tools you will need and the list of appropriate materials. Without a good plan, you will have to resort to trial and error, which is indeed costly as well. Be sure to only invest your time and money into good quality plans, because if you do not, you will have to get new ones … which costs you more time and money.
Anyways, remember to enjoy the process of woodworking and learn from it, constantly improving your technique. Always be on the lookout for new ideas and quality advice.
Source by Thomas J Wallace