13 Most Profitable Woodworking Projects to Build & Sell in 2019

Having a side hustle is a great way to earn extra cash these days with skills you’ve honed through the pursuit of hobbies. Few of them are as popular right now as making things with your hands. They’re technical skills, however, things that not everyone has and not everyone has the time to learn.

Woodworking projects are a particularly lucrative way to earn extra money. People love decorating their living spaces and giving gifts that have that individual touch to them, because really everyone is out for that one thing that is especially exquisite.

Here are a collection of things you can make with your hands that are likely to be especially popular this year, and profitable for you the DIY enthusiast. They include their own instructions and list of hardware and materials you need to make them. If you’ve got a little skill, feel free to use them as guides, and allow your own creativity to flow.

1. Beer caddy

beer caddy

From: Dremel.com

One thing that’s always going to be a hit is mixing the craftsmanship of good beer with quality woodworking. Sitting back and pouring yourself a great beer feels a little more sophisticated when you pull the bottle out of a handmade caddy. This one is a good bet to be a big hit if you’re looking to make some extra money building things with wood.

This is the sort of project that will require a little precision, so you’ll want to have some instructions on hand to follow. This is a good set. Don’t be afraid to test out different stains to finish it. A dark, smoky one will complement your beers excellently.

2. Wine bottle and glasses holder

wine bottle and glasses holder

From: downhomeinspiration.com

Perfect for the sophisticated set who like to take a sunny afternoon on the patio with a plate of cheese and some clever conversation, this is a simple construction that still requires enough skills to make precision cuts and enough taste to know how much is just enough. It also requires power tools, so that adds to the depth of construction.

Because it requires some precision, a good set of instructions like these will come in handy. As long as you know what you’re doing, however, you can scale this project for a good variety. That means a wider opportunity to make money making these.

3. Cell phone charging station/dresser valet

cell phone charging station

From: Pinspiredtodiy.com

Modern and graceful, making a combination cell phone charger/dresser valet is an excellent way to maximize the money you can make with your hands. It’s not terribly complicated, but it offers a kind of elegant organization that makes it a perfect gift.

You will want to make sure that you’re pretty sure about how you build this. No one is going to want to buy an uneven dresser caddy. Here’s a good set of them, and it includes the materials and hardware necessary to put it together.

4. Wall-mounted wine bottle and glass holder

wall-mounted wine bottle and glass holder

From: Minwax.com

Here’s a simple, but elegant way to make money working with wood. The materials are pretty simple, just a couple of planks available at your local lumber store, but put it together right and you’ve got something that people will want to keep their favorite bottle of red at the ready.

While it’s a simple design, with only simple materials and hardware necessary. That also makes it perfect to amend the dimensions for bigger or smaller racks to put variety in your inventory. A good set of instructions are handy to have on hand to help you properly do that. Here is a good set of them, with instructions on how to make it.

5. Bedside box

bedside box

From: Canadianwoodworking.com

Once you get the hang of building these, you can crank out these elegant-looking boxes that are themselves pretty cheap to construct. Plus, you can start working on different sizes and use different stains to make the most of your wood and maximize your profits.

What you’ll really love are the very clear, precise instructions here. Even if you don’t have very well honed wood working skills, these are good enough for anyone who’s put together a model kit.

6. Beer bottle box

beer bottle box

From: Instructables.com

and rustic looking, these wooden beer boxes are cheap to make and have a homey-rustic look about them. They can either be used to carry around beer or soda pop, or you can fill them with empties and leave them around as decorations. These are cheap enough to make that you can sell them as either.

Despite the fact that these look rustic, they do require some precision to make sure you can fit all the bottles into the right size space. Here’s a good set of instructions to help you get the dimensions right.

7. Wall planter for succulents

wall planter

From: Instructables.com

This one is complicated enough that you need real skills and tools to make it, but the materials are inexpensive enough that if you have both you can make a good amount of money making these homes for popular and easy-to-care-for succulents. Just let your customers know that those, of course, come extra.

Because you need holes the right size and precise angles, you’ll want instructions on how to make these. This is a good set of them. It is mostly pictures instead of words, so be warned about that.

8. Bathtub caddy

bathtub caddy

From: Instructables.com

What are people willing to pay a few bucks extra for? Something to help them relax, and there is no place they need more help doing that than in the bathtub. The combination of soap and bubbles aren’t good for electronics or candles or even that glass of wine.

While people could use something as crude as a board across the tub, your skills means that you can offer them something a little more sophisticated. Here is a good start to finding the right plans for you.

9. Simple jewelry box

simple jewelry box

From: Popularwoodworking.com

These are a little more than simple. They’ve got a bit of sophistication to them, yet they aren’t terribly expensive to make. We’d like it more if jewelry boxes were more versatile, but you can make a good chunk of change with the right design.

To that end, you’ll want a good set of plans, like these. Once you figure out how they work, you can freelance off the plans and make your own designs.

10. Candle holder

candle holder

From: suncatcherstudio.com

These are complicated beyond the skills of most people, but if you have the tools and abilities to make them, these are an elegant way to show those off. The materials are also cheap enough that you can maximize the return on your investment of money and talents.

You’ll want instructions to help you make these, and these are good ones to follow. It not just lets you know how to bore out the space for the candle, but how to properly stain them.

11. Vertical planter with house numbers

vertical planter with house numbers

From: Ana-white.com

One thing that’s always popular are ways to individualize someone’s home, and you can do that with these vertical cedar planks with house numbers and a planter for succulents or annuals depending on where you live. You can even sell the frames and let homeowners get their own numbers.

These are a simple construction, but a good set of plans will give you a good idea of what materials and hardware you’ll need to make them. Once you have the basic design down, you can start amending your original plans.

12. Utensil carrier

utensil carrier

From: Abeautifulmess.com

A caddy is always a useful thing to have around, and you can make them either for utensils so that you’ve got silverware always ready for the table, or cleaning supplies for daily chores. The only drawback is that most people probably don’t want to spend a lot to buy something like that, so these are attractive and useful but maybe not as profitable as some of our other projects.

You could always go for volume because the materials are affordable and the instructions on how to make them simple enough to follow. One other advantage is that you don’t need to spend a lot on materials to get something that looks nice.

13. Pallet coasters

pallet coasters

From: toolboxdivas.com

Upcycling from pallets was a pretty big thing a few years ago, and interest in it has fallen off. The reason for that, however, is that pallet wood projects look rough and unrefined, a perfect thing to kind of project a sense of impoverished ingenuity. But coasters are small enough that you can lose that you got your raw materials largely for free, especially if appropriately painted.

Because these are made with pallet wood, these are perfect to start with a basic plan and evolve what you make to suit sharpened skills. Plus, because they’re coasters, people need several for them to make any visual effect, so where you’re likely to make your money is selling several of them at once.

About the Author Adam Harris

Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!