Get Woodworking Week 2015 – Small Craft Projects
Wood is Good
2014 gave me a chance to do a bit of decorating around the house with some smaller projects. These were all commissioned projects I did for The Gorilla Glue Company and Rust-Oleum. In fact, their products compliment each other and I found quite a bit of overlap on all of these projects. It’s nice to crank out a project in a few hours, or over a weekend. In the end, you have something that adds to your home decor, not requiring a full-sized project commitment. Beyond that, it allows you to experiment with different techniques or materials. In addition to wood, these eight suggested projects use materials such as: nails, magnets, shoelaces, leather, copper, glass, paints and stains and a variety of adhesives.
Small projects can also be a great source of income, or as a one-of-a-kind gift. I’m always surprised at how this type of project is capable of creating business. I made well over 40 growler crates in the last year, and sold most of them. So with that, here is a digest of some small projects worth trying if you are getting started in the craft, or are looking to grow business.
Get On The Beer Bandwagon
These projects were done at the Cincinnati Mini-Maker’s Faire with Gorilla Glue. They include step by step instructions with plenty of photos to follow along, plus bonus videos. The four projects are how to build a Rosewood handle knife, serving tray, bottle opener and growler crate. All four full-length how-to videos can be found here on this post.
Home Decor Projects
This set of 4 projects was for some contracted work I did for Rust-Oleum earlier in the year using some of their paints, varnishes and stains.
Break the Rules
Don’t follow the instructions to the letter—even if you are just getting started—be inspired to try something new. Change things up a bit with color, materials or shape. It will help you hone your basic skills, learn new techniques and even justify buying a tool or two. For non-beginners, small crafts are a great way to begin monetizing your hobby and helps build awareness.