Top 10 Best Selling Wood Crafts To Make And Sell

What do I make? What do I sell? In other words what wood projects will sell the most and make a great profit for you.

There are many ways to find an answer to this. If you already have a wood craft you are passionate about, then that's great. You need to do a little good old market research to figure out whether others love it as much as you do. The good news is that do not have to go far and wide to do some primary market research. Start with your family and friends who will give you a fair and honest opinion.

But what if…. you knew exactly what wood crafts to make and sell because they have a proven track record of being best sellers for decades? The trick in making money with woodworking as with anything other business is to either create a demand or tap into an existing one.

Here are 10 examples of wood crafts that have shown themselves to be best-sellers consistently for many years. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

  1. Some wood crafts will be suitable than others depending on where you live, if you intend to sell locally.
  2. You can specialize in making one of the wood projects or choose a broader category. For example, you can either make only children's toys or expand yourself to the full children category for woodworking like furniture, cradles, cupboards etc.
  3. The best selling wood crafts mentioned below belong in profitable woodworking business niches. Your job is to discover more such crafts in every niche. The caveat is what is said in point number one. Different wood crafts will prove best sellers depending on who you are selling to.
  4. Your own skill and interest plays a large part in what you make. The more you enjoy making something, while turning out work of quality, is deeply connected to your success with a woodworking business.
  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.

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.

10 Best Selling Wood Project Ideas.

Children wooden toys

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 often an expensive process and difficult to engage in for individual woodworkers with small businesses.

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.

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.

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. It is very common to have a different set of laws coming into play when making things for children is concerned. Make sure you find out what these are in your state and to adhere to them completely.

make children's wooden furniture

Parents are in dire need for special furniture for their kids. Good quality is appreciated and duly compensated for. Read reasons why you should make children’s toys and furniture. 

Baby Cradles.

A baby cradle is just one example in what is a very popular woodworking category i.e. baby and children furniture. Parents often like to get special furniture for their children. Most of the times they need it. Babies and children need tables, chairs, storage cupboards, beds and an assortment of other items.

A wooden crib is a classic woodworking product that is always 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.

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.

Chair 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.

 

10 wood project ideas

Picture frames.

Picture frames is a very versatile woodworking project. You can make it as simple as you like. A little bit of ingenuity allows you to create several original designs. This is one woodworking project that can never go stale, because you will never run out of ideas to make new designs and also because it is an evergreen item that will always be in demand.

The key to making this wood craft a success 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.

One can also take advantage of promoting and selling online because this wood craft is relatively small and lightweight and perfect to ship to people all over the country. We love crafts that allow us to expand our market on the internet. The potential of reaching people online is limitless. If you know what you are doing, you can really scale your sales.

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 sever 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 and use good finishing, your project does not have to be either elaborate or complicated. A simple but popular example of our small wooden box is a chip box. I'm sure you can find dozens of other useful ideas for your woodworking box projects.

 

bird house wood project

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. Garden projects is an enjoyable and easy woodworking niche to work in.

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Birdhouses.

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.

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.

wooden blanket chest

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.

Blanket Chest.

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.

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 sellers. Once again, the stress on making this woodworking project is on quality, endurance and finish. The design and the construction can be left simple.

Fruit bowl wood project

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.

Fruit Bowl.

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.

NOTE: An interesting fact that many woodworkers point out is this. General finishes are considered unsafe for wood crafts that are going to 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 hears 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.

Getting a simple lathe will be a great idea for this wood project.

Wooden clock project

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. 

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. 

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

 

Wooden Spoons and Ladles.

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.

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.

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NOTE: Learning to make a new wood craft using hand tools is a good practise. Using hand tools, one can take their time, work slowly on the wood craft and really understand the technique one needs to learn. Power tools are faster and that is also the problem. Beginners will find it easier to control hand tools till the time they learn.

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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37 comments

  1. I must say that I am in love with wood. It is such a versatile, beautiful, warm and interesting material from which you can make so many interesting, beautiful and practical things.
    I absolutely love the wood toys here on the top of the page, as well as the bird house. Something about bird houses fascinates me. Could it be the fact that it is a comfy dwelling for our beautiful flying friends that are full of energy and keep moving around? It is such a pleasure to see the birds get into the houses quickly, and also quickly fly out of them.
    Sure, you can make different things from other materials, but they don’t compare to wood in many senses.
    I know a lot of people make wood items, like their own furniture, dens, chicken houses, etc. for their homes. But also to be able to keep making so many items to offer for sale really takes a lot of talent, efforts and time. However, it is so much fun to make wood objects.
    I recently came across a resource that shares tons of woodworking plans and ideas. If someone loves working with wood, and especially is looking to sell their creations, I would definitely recommend checking out the following page, where you can get even more ideas and woodworking plans to expand your wood making business.

  2. I would like to put together a Christmas project. I have purchased 4″ burlap and red birds. I want to make a scenery picture on a flat rounded piece of wood. Do you have a Christmas project magazine I could buy one?

  3. gregoryterry06111969@gmail.com Thanks for the pep talk. I’ve been kinda stale on my creative thinking lately. A few years back i made a birdhouse for a gal friend of mine,except the birdhouse wasn’t for birds it was to hide or disguise a security camera for her small motel she owns. She loved it and i enjoyed making it although i spent too much time with intricate details. My first attempt on the first piece i cut was unsatisfactory to me so i discarded that piece and continued with the project. After it was completed and she loved it so much she paid me 125$ for it. Well longer story shortened I get bored easily and one day sometime later I was looking at that first piece I had discarded and it inspired me to create something i call the ” Perpetual Puzzle”. Turns out everybody I’ve shown it to absolutely loves it and say that they would definitely pay good money for one. My problem is I don’t know the first thing about marketing or patents, copyrights and so forth. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
    Gregory T.

  4. Hi there. I’m very interested in creating with wood. I’m good with my hands (I’m an oyster surgeon, after all) and I’m creative minded. I’d like to get started, but what I need is someone to buy what I make. I don’t have time to set up and sell somewhere, and I don’t wish to do it online. Are there companies that purchase what you make?

    1. Hello Eva. Thank you for commenting. I know and feel what you are saying. But selling is an integral part of any business and there is no escaping it. There are no companies as such that pick up things from artisans and craft persons. But it might not be difficult to find a business or a store where you live that will do just that. And maybe other ways of selling your wood crafts are worth looking into as well. Here is an article we wrote on it… Easy places to sell more of your wood crafts..
      Do try a couple of things before you start to think that they are difficult or won’t work. It may take some time finding a local place to sell your crafts to. But then that relationship could be worth a long term source of extra income, so why not.. As for selling online, if you are making small crafts, selling is easier than ever before. You can read about selling on Etsy here.

      1. I don’t know if they have any where you live, but look for a craftmart where you can rent a booth, place your items and they have one cashier to make the sale. One word of warning, brand your items in a way that can’t be easily removed and keep an accurate inventory.

  5. I do trust all the ideas you’ve introduced in your post. They’re very convincing and will definitely work. Nonetheless, the posts are very brief for beginners. May you please prolong them a bit from subsequent time? Thanks for the post.

  6. It’s given me some ideas to try and bring some creativty while i’m on a dud for crafting stuff to sell. If anyone needs any marketing advise i’m happy to help some fellow wood workers along the way. The most awesome thing i’ve made is a goblet which my college stole. 😛 but I’ve not thought of making boxes so that should be interesting try 🙂

    1. Hi Eva – Lots of folks rent space in upscale flea markets/craft stores to sell their projects. I have not had to do that yet since I have had good luck selling on Craigslist. BUT< BEWARE that scam artists work Craigslist. When they email you and ask about the "ITEM" rather than the project by name, that's a scam artist, delete them. Do not open them. I have a full time business and my shop time for projects is limited so I don't make a bunch of things. One more tip, lumber is much cheaper at a local saw mill, rather than lumber yards. Check them out in your area.
      MARVIN’S TINY WOOD SHOP – Coffee and end tables,
      quilt ladders, jewelry boxes, toy boxes.
      planters, napkin holders, Cedar chests.
      479-419-5548
      Marvin Shelley, Master Sawdust Maker

      1. I had to leave a reply just to say how much I love the title ‘Master Sawdust Maker’. If I had the money to buy anything handmade in the first place, let alone get it shipped all the way over to the UK, I’d definitely put some money in your pocket. Hope business is good and stays that way!

    2. Hi Louisa – Boxes – small,medium and large – sell well. There’s enough designs on Pintrest to keep you busy. Most of my small boxes I make with a scroll saw and saw out the center. Google “SCROLL SAW BOXES.” I use a different type hinge/thing. Shoot me an email and I will show you how to make the hinge feature in 1 minute or less.
      MARVIN’S TINY WOOD SHOP – Coffee and end tables,
      quilt ladders, jewelry boxes, toy boxes.
      planters, napkin holders, Cedar chests.
      479-419-5548
      Marvin Shelley, Master Sawdust Maker

  7. Hello everyone.for a less expensive turning tool, I use a mini lathe for small turning projects..up to 10″. The smaller projects I have in mind are mini baseball bats, lamp bases, smaller bowls, candle stick holders, and the list goes on and on. my favorite turning projects are pens. I make over 100 different types of pens and pencils from inexpensive wood from all over the world..once you start turning on a lathe…you’re hooked..have fun.

  8. I make grape vine baskets and trees and other things but in this area peopl cant pay what they are worth so i have to sell them cheap im not getting anywhere fast they sell as fast as i can make them shops buy them and doubl and tripl prices im about to call it a day its to much work for sombody to make all the money i just dont live in the. Rite area is ther a answer to this im just a getting old country boy

    1. Scott sell them yourself, don’t let people take advantage of your hard work.sell them on Craig list, get a younger person in your area to help you with it,they know how to use computers, and u could pay them for there help, have shipping cost included in price, just a thought good luck.

    2. Don’t give up man but remember there is always the internet, try selling something on craigslist or ebay and sell it at what you think they cost. People are harsh out there so you got to be tougher and more demanding.

    3. Wondering if you are still hanging in there Scott? One thing I notice woodworkers often do when getting started (including myself) is they sell their hand made items way too cheap, it doesn’t help anyone except the customer. You say yourself that they sell as fast as you can make them. Put your prices up! Double or even triple, the amount of orders may slow down but you will be doing yourself a favour. Don’t bother with Etsy or Craigslist or local markets in my opinion. Build it up for yourself to make money not making the giants even richer from all your hard work. I’ve been selling my woodwork online since 2004, before all these giants came along. I feel I have the experience to offer advice if anyone is interested. Trust no one! The internet has become a place for giants to make money off you (Facebook, Etsy, GoogleAds, Amazon…… the list goes on.) Don’t let them take your money, learn how to use them to your advantage instead of being a sucker and paying them money to grow even bigger while you stay the same size. They don’t care about you, they only care about their own business models. Grow your own business brand and ignore anyone who appears to want to help you, especially if their main business is making money online. That’s all they care about! Not you. Invest your time and money in yourself, your own website – not others and you will succeed, providing you are doing what you love and are passionate about.

      The best advice I could give you is to learn WordPress or find a friend who can help you figure it out. Once the light bulb goes off there will be no stopping you, you will have the power in your own hands to provide what your end user needs and to educate them about the benefits and your products value – in a selfish, wasteful, throw-away society who expect everything delivered yesterday and expect to pay dirt cheap prices for your skills and repetitive hard work. End of rant….Sorry but I just had to comment. I know what it’s like, don’t lose hope!

    4. Hi Scott – Your nearest decent sized town should have a flea market or craft store. Rent the space, fill it up, and check back every couple of weeks to get your money and restock. I tried craft shows and they were a bust and too much work loading, unloading, setting up, reloading, taking down the set up, unloading what did not sell into your garage. As with lots of things, the craft show promoter makes most of the money.

  9. “Start a woodworking business” link doesn’t function ( doesn’t match ..). So what to do to get the correspondant page to this link page ??
    Also for the “download the complete woodworking business guide”…..!
    Please do some thing to allow me to download the guide at least !
    Many tanks !
    nassim1er@yahoo.fr

  10. I can’t believe that they left out old beat up furniture that can be refinished to look like new. This is my favorite thing to do, and you don’t have to be really skilled to do this

  11. This is so cool. I wouldn’t thought half of these. I might try’na start looking onto DIY of these. Thanks for sharing.

    Currently I am working on building a floating deck, which is challenging but fun, so for those who want to try here’s the article that inspired me 🙂

  12. Wooden chess sets are used nowadays for decoration purpose as well as for playing. These chess sets are of very high quality. Designing the chess pieces at home is quite difficult. But they are very detailed and some can get pricey but the quality is well worth it!

  13. I very much enjoyed this article! I have a new found appreciation for woodwork so making a little bit of profit from it wouldn’t hurt.

  14. I’ve found a really good one lately in boxes that you can sit a phone in and they basically act as a simple amplifier. Quite fun to make, and I’ve come up with loads of different designs. Amazing how well they sell.

  15. I love wood projects! I make jewelry boxes and toy boxes! Very detailed and some can get pricey but the quality is well worth it!

  16. Not all of these items sell well. It all depends on your location. Always remember the time and money you have into it and whether you can make a profit. With so much cheap merchandise flooding into america from China and other location’s it becomes harder for average Americans to make a profit.

      1. I would think of them more as “bound” instead of “blinded”. I also agree that it has become exceedingly difficult to compete with outsourcing.

    1. I am from pittsburgh and I make a lot of my projects out of pallets from blanket chest to nautical lamp post and they both sell well here wine racks are Good sellers in the fall and winter months bird houses in the spring it seems what’s the best time of year and the rite product to build I lucked out and I am busy all the time and I can’t forget my best seller is a Raised doggie feeder and water tray with a bone I cut out and it hangs on the front of the tray with 2 small chains and can be personalized with the pets name on it I love to up cycle wood and keep on building

      1. Raised doggy feeder can u send me a link or a way to find out how to do it think that would be cool for my dog. I live in Wisconsin just started out on refinishing furnagure for fun

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