Country Lore: My Custom Molding Business Thrives

When remodeling work wasn't available, this reader found he could still earn a solid income making and selling custom molding.

| April/May 2010

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    Making custom molding can be a main business or a profitable sideline.

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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.

Mike Crowder
Pittsboro, Indiana
5/26/2018 9:25:39 PM

I use the plans at WWW.EASYWOODWORK.ORG to build my own DIY projects – I highly recommend you visit that website and check their plans out too. They are detailed and super easy to read and understand unlike several others I found online. The amount of plans there is mind-boggling… there’s like 16,000 plans or something like that for tons of different projects. Definitely enough to keep me busy with projects for many more years to come haha. Go to WWW.EASYWOODWORK.ORG if you want some additional plans :)


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