The best way to find good woodworking projects that sell really well is to visit the place where you intend on doing the selling. This way, you can see firsthand what sells and what doesn’t.
A little bit of market research is always a good idea, and especially if you plan on selling any physical location, you can spend some time looking around at what’s already for sale and that will help you guide your projects.
Whatever you decide to make, start by making a small batch. Before you commit to any big numbers, take the small batch to market and see if you can sell the projects.
If you can, it’s a really good indicator that making a larger batch has a higher chance of being successful. If you can’t sell them, then you only made a small investment testing the waters.
In general, people like things that are universally appealing. You’ll have a much higher chance of selling coasters to a random crowd than you would selling custom guitar fretboards.
However, the opposite is true for specialty events. If you are selling at a major event surrounding a particular style or theme, making things to go with that theme is definitely a good idea, even if they would not be appealing in other situations.
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