Making custom molding can be a main business or a profitable sideline.
When the economy went bad, my remodeling work really started to taper off. I had some oak lumber on hand and decided to turn it into crown molding and try to sell it on Craigslist. It was gone the first day! I posted another ad for the molding and again sold out within the day. It just kept going from there. In the last year my home-based custom molding business has grossed over $96,000!
To make the molding, I use a Woodmaster 718 Planer/Molder, which cost me just under $2,000. My bread and butter is crown molding. When that took off, I added almost two dozen other trim profile options. A year after I bought my first 18-inch planer/molder, I bought a second one. I set it up as a dedicated ripsaw, and now if I need one more piece, my ripsaw’s right there.
The folks I bought my machines from say you can turn a $5 board into $75 worth of molding, especially if you’re making curved molding — and that’s been true for me.
You don’t need a personal website to sell your wood molding online. Here are some online sales venues you can use:
Craigslist is a free online classified ad site.
eBay is an online auction site. Small fees apply.
Woodfinder is a searchable database of wood suppliers. A membership fee is required.