Small Woodworking Projects That Sell Well in 2021

Written by Stephen

On April 2, 2021
Easy small wood projects

Woodworking is a fun and engaging hobby but it can also be considered a highly profitable activity. Thanks to sites like craigslist, eBay, Etsy and Amazon Handmade, it is very easy for woodworking artisans and enthusiasts today to make and sell their small wood projects.

In fact, a lot of people have been able to turn their hobby into a full-fledged and highly profitable business, which they devote their full-time to. Of course, not all of us plan on pursuing such outcomes but virtually all of us would like to earn some cash from the projects we make.

Making a few sales of the items you make can feel really exciting and highly rewarding. However, if you are new to selling online, it is always better to start with item listings that are already known to sell well. After all,a niche wood item, no matter how well made, would hardly sell online because neither is anyone searching for it nor have you established a large set of audience for your products.

Below is a list of small woodworking projects you can work on that are almost guaranteed to sell quickly online.Virtually all items presented on the list are beginner-friendly but experienced woodworkers may find the read to be well worth it in helping discover new ideas to work on.

List of Small Woodworking Projects That Sell Well in 2021

  1. Painted Flags
  2. Wall Decors
  3. Wooden Clocks
  4. Wall Shelves
  5. Sliding Shelves
  6. Hanger Rack
  7. Mini-sized Sheds

1. Painted Flags

Project difficulty: Easy

Materials Required:

Wooden boards
Nails
Hammer
Paint
Paint spray
Newspaper
Paint brushes
Sealant
Wood glue
Masking Tape

Painted flags always sell like hotcakes online. Most people like to show some pride for their country, state, organization or locality and painted flags make just the perfect products to sell to such customers.

Instructions

Painted flags are easy small wood projects, not requiring much skill to work on. Simply attach three standard boards on their sides with wood glue and allow it to dry. Afterward, reinforce with a wooden board using nails with it attached center and at a right angle to the other boards. On the opposite side, using masking tape and newspapers, create the defined boundaries and spray accordingly. Afterward, using paint brushes, fill in the detailing on the wooden flag and once the paint completely dries, apply a protective coating or sealant.

Tip: Painting each individual star on the US flag can be both frustrating and time consuming. For such detailing purposes or others like it, use a cutout from a chart paper and simply spray paint the cutout to create the stars hassle free.

2. Wall Decors

Project difficulty: Very Easy

Materials Required:

Wooden boards
Paint
Paint brush
Masking tape
Sealant
Ruler
Pencil
Hand saw or Power saw
Sandpaper
Power Drill

There is something about wood that gives it a sort of premium prestige that other materials such as plastic or even metal can’t compete with. Wall decors are an evergreen product, one for which demand cuts across demographics and can be sold at a very profitable price.

Like the previous mention, making wall decors is also super easy with one’s level of creativity being the only real constraint here. For this example, we’ll be making Alphabet wall decors, which tend to be highly popular with most buyers.

Instructions

To get started, first mark equal square dimensions on the wooden boards using a pencil and a ruler. Afterward, cut them out with a power saw. You can also use a hand saw in case you don’t have any powered alternatives but take care while sawing to ensure a straight and uniform cut. If there are any rough or uneven edges, use a sandpaper to level them up. Using a power drill, create a hole at the center top for the purpose of hanging.

Afterward, lightly sand the surface of the wooden cuts with sandpaper to prepare them for painting.Remove any dust or debris with a wet rag. Use broad and even strokes to paint the wooden cuts. Alternatively, you can just apply paint spray. For a more distinct look, consider using masking paint to create creatively paint patterns to serve as the background.

Once the paint is completely dried. Use a pencil to draw the outline of the alphabets and color them in with a paint brush. You could also instead use masking tape and paint spray combo for this purpose. Once dried, apply a sealant.

3. Wooden Clocks

Project difficulty: Easy

Materials Required:

Plywood
Old clock
Power drill
Stain
Jigsaw
Sandpaper
Wood conditioner
Pencil
Wood glue
Frame hooks
Ruler
Paint brush
Sealant

Breathe new life into your old or unused clock by giving it a new and improve wooden appearance. Quality-made wooden clocks sell for a high price online and it’s a great way to get money back on any used clock that you no longer want at your home.

Instructions

Start by outlining the shape of the new clock on the plywood board. Depending on your woodworking skill, it could range from a simple square to a highly unusual and distinct shape. Cut the shape out with a jigsaw (you can use a hand saw as well if the shape is simple enough). Sand away any unsmooth edges.

Once done, locate the middle of the cutout and drill a hole into it. Sand the surface of the plywood with sandpaper to prepare it for staining. Clean off any dust or debris with a wet rag.Using a paint brush and paint, create the digits for the clocks. Alternatively, if your woodworking skills are good enough, you can glue in digital cutout from thin wood.

Afterward, apply a thin and even coat of wood conditioner and allow it to dry. Afterward, apply the stain. Once fully dried, you can apply the sealant.Now, take out the clockwork and the hands of your old clock and install them onto the finished cutout. You can use the power drill, some screws and pieces of plywood of suitable thickness to secure the clockwork. Attach two suitable frame hooks near opposite sides on the top and you’re done!

4. Wall Shelves

Project difficulty: Super Easy

Materials Required:

Wooden boards
Wall brackets
Wood Conditioner
Stain
Paint brush
Sandpaper
Sealant

Wall Shelves are a straightforward and super easy small wood project to make and sell online. It doesn’t require many tools nor a high time commitment. What’s more, as you get more proficient in woodworking, you can scale such projects to be even more complex and elaborate.

Instructions

To create a simple wall shelf, first take a wooden board of a suitable length and sand it lightly. Afterward, apply the wood conditioner. Once dried, apply even coatings of wood stain and leave it to dry for a day. Afterward, add the sealant. Sell with suitable wall brackets for a secure handing.

5. Sliding Shelves

Project difficulty: Medium

Materials Required:

Wooden boards
Wall brackets
Wood Conditioner
Stain
Paint brush
Plywood
Screws
Power drill
Sandpaper
Sealant
Sliding track
Jigsaw
Ruler

For those more adept at woodworking, you may want to try your hands on this project instead. This interesting design is bound to stand out in online listings and would especially be appreciated by book-lovers.

Instructions

To get started, take a suitable board and follow the instructions as already indicated previously. Afterward, using a power drill and screws, firmly attach a suitable sliding track onto the board’s surface and install the stoppers at the opposite ends.

Afterward, measure the thickness of the wooden board and the sliding track over it. Use the measurement to create the sliding cavity on the lower end of two equal sized plywood squares using the jigsaw. Sand them and apply the stain as already mentioned. Install the upper guides or rollers with the cavity so that the plywood squares can freely slide across the board. Sell with suitable wall brackets included for handing purposes.

6. Hanger Rack

Project difficulty:Super Easy

Materials Required:

Wooden boards
Wood Conditioner
Stain
Paint brush
Sealant
Wall Hangers
Sandpaper
Saw
Power drill
Screws
Frame hooks

Hanger racks sell extremely well because they are so useful. They allow you or guests the convenience of hanging their pieces of clothing, accessories or other items when they don’t require them and just as easily allow them to take them back when needed. Here’s a simple to make hanger rack in the instructions below:

Instruction

Start by cutting a wooden board to be an appropriate dimension, even any unsmooth edges with a sandpaper and follow the process of staining the wood as already mentioned. Afterward, using appropriate screws and your power drill, securely attach the wall hangers onto the wooden board.

Afterward, on the backside, attach two or three frame hooks at suitable and equal distance away from each other and you’re done.

Of course, if you are skilled enough, you can make plenty of enhancements on the base design. You can expand the function and create a full-fledged entry organizer by using a bigger surface board and attaching shelves, rails, and hanging bars as well. Depending on your level of skill and creativity, the sky is your limit on how you make your hanger rack so have fun, be ambitious and experiment.

7. Mini-sized Sheds

Project difficulty: Hard

Materials Required:

Wooden boards
Plywood boards
Paint
Paint brush
Sealant
Sandpaper
Table Saw
Power drill
Tar paper
Screws
Corner Brackets

This may be surprising to hear for some but tiny barns and sheds are actually becoming more and more trendy as well as popular to sell online. We’ll be giving an overview of an extremely basic mini-sized in the instructions below.

Instructions

Start by cutting the wooden boards in the right dimensions. Sand away any uneven edges.For more detailed reference on dimensions, you can find many good small shed plans and small barn plans here (LINK TO plans. DELETE if not applicable). Afterward, attach the support beans lengthwise to the deck piers. Secure the rim joists to the support beams and at right angle to them, the support joints.

Now using a power drill, nail in the plywood boards on top to create the flooring. Attach wooden beams of suitable length to create the skeleton for the shed. Nail them to the base and afterward, secure the plywood side walls and roof.

Leave an area of appropriate size open to serve as the entryway. Give more support to the frame by installing corner brackets on the inside of the shed. Afterward, add tar paper to the roof and paint the rest of the surface. Apply a suitable sealant afterward.

Concluding Note

Turn your passion into a money-making profession or at the very least, make your woodworking hobby a self-funding activity by selling what you make online. We hope you liked the article and found the ideas given here to be worthwhile.

When selling online, be sure to brand your products to make it easier for them to stand out as well as help create more loyal customer base. In addition, if you want your projects to sell well, be sure to extensively market them on Social Media channels as well. The more eyes your items reach, the more the chance of someone wanting to buy it.

For more woodworking tips and ideas, be sure to visit our home page or browse through our excellent list of DIY wood project articles by clicking here.

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