Mallets

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I want to make money by woodworking to pay for the expense of my woodworking hobby so I can continue to enjoy it. This is my 2024 goal. I know it's not that easy... 

so, to start with, I made these 9 mallets.  Then I realized it was difficult to make 9 of them at the same time especially to maintain the quality I wanted.... 

Anyways, it's just started so hopefully, I can figure it out by the end of the year...

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Well I'd say your wood budget is doing quite well, too pretty to use!


those are gorgeous my dear friend ! but to make money doing many as you did saves time which makes money. one at a time greatly increases time which = loss of profit. so you need to decide. less quality and more production or charge more for a custom made mallet ?

now down to what we all wanna know, what are the woods used, and what kind of finish used ?

and last, i wanna wish you great success my friend ! 😎

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Beautiful work as always.  Well done.   

Ron

Splinter - Thank you!
Pottz - Thank you for the advice!! Well, it's not about how much I can make within the given time but if I can make money with what I enjoy to make! Though I know it's just a dream thing and in reality, I have to try harder, haha.
Ron, Thank you for the encouragement!

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yeah for me now and when i retire it will be more about what i wanna make and enjoy doing rather than how much i can make. for me if i can make enough to pay for the hobby, im happy 😁

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

oh PS, what are your issues with quality, their all top notch quality !

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

They look great! How do you plan to sell them?

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

YRTi. That is so strange. I looked at some of your latest projects especially the wonderful box you sent to your parents in Japan and I said to myself. YRTi, you should be able to sell your work on line. Maybe Etsy?  Or what ever platform you choose. Your work in my opinion will sell well. 

If you sell your work on line include your videos with them and give the buyer a look at what went into these marvelous pieces. 

Always Portray Confidence in your product or the the customer’s will not have confidence in you. (Don’t show any mistakes)

Pottz, me with minimum budget hobby is different from your expensive hobby, haha.
RyanGi, Thank you! This was just to see if making a large quantity(9 is large to me) is feasible and I'm not at the next phase to think about the sales yet... 

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my friend dont even think it needs to be expensive to sell. the most easy and inexpensive projects sell the best and make the most money ! you need yo decide, make a lot for small profit, or make very few for big money. but that depends on how much time you have, and what your market will pay ? your quality is way above average my friend. you always underestimate your abilities ! your a superior craftsman that deserves top dollar ! you need to build your reputation on quality not quantity in my opinion. i know your not setup maybe to do that now, but id shoot for it going forward and the reward will come. a good example is sam maloof. check him out for inspiration ! it could be you !

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

TheWoodGuy, thank you! I actually haven't tried to sell anything to begin with yet, haha. This year, I'll find out what I can do with woodworking:)

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Pottz, again, thank you. I know saying "it's just my hobby" is nothing but excuses before even trying harder.  I don't like it so I will try harder to see what I can do! 

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buddy you dont need excuses, just do what you do and you will succeed ! as yoda said, there is no try, only do ! and you do !!!!! 😎

PS- did i ever say, you inspire me to be better ?

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Nice mallets, YRTi! When you decide to sell, artisans.coop has cheaper rates than Etsy and is member-owned (I’m an owner, but haven’t set up my shop there yet). It’s another option to look at, and puts more in your pocket than Etsy (or allows you to sell cheaper and still bring home the same amount).

May you have the day you deserve!

lined up like little soldiers GR8 JOB 😍😎👍

*TONY ** Reinholds* ALWAYS REMEMBER TO HAVE FUN

dave thanks for posting that, never heard of em. when i retire i m thinking of selling my crafts. so that might be my way to go ?

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

I defiantly think you should try to find a way to showcase the videos you’ve made as a way to advertise/educate potential buyers. Your videos are great and certainly will make potential buyers appreciate what they’re buying. Go for it!

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Dave, thank you for the information. It's always good to have more options. 
Tony, I felt the same way so I put them in several formations and took pictures.
Pottz, I was lightly stating my 2024 goal here but now it seems like it's a must achieve goal:)

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Dave, what do you known about artisan.coop? I looked at their site and it looks interesting. Do you know much about how much traffic they see, or how many sales they’re seeing? It’s an interesting concept…if you don’t mind sharing, did you buy in or are you doing their points thing…or…?

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

 RyanGi, thank you for the idea. That sounds nice if I make things for woodworking like these mallets!

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