Video: Take a tour of small shop with $60,000 in monthly sales.
Paul Moorehead Angel City Woodshop

Paul Moorehead, left, owner of Angel City Woodshop in Los Angeles, talks with UpFlip about building his woodworking business.

Lots of woodworking hobbyists dream of turning their hobby into a business. UpFlip interviews the owner of Angel City Woodshop in Los Angeles, telling the story of how he went from making furniture in his backyard to running a successful shop with $60,000 in monthly revenue.

Paul Moorehead, the shop's owner, explains how he got the business started, invested in equipment, including a CNC router, a sliding table saw, and other conventional machines. He talks about the challenges of outfitting the shop, unexpected costs, finding startup funds, and offers a number of tips for those starting out in professional woodworking.


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William Sampson

William Sampson is a lifelong woodworker, and he has been an advocate for small-scale entrepreneurs and lean manufacturing since the 1980s. He was the editor of Fine Woodworking magazine in the early 1990s and founded WoodshopBusiness magazine, which he eventually sold and merged with CabinetMaker magazine. He helped found the Cabinet Makers Association in 1998 and was its first executive director. Today, as editorial director of Woodworking Network and FDMC magazine he has more than 20 years experience covering the professional woodworking industry. His popular "In the Shop" tool reviews and videos appear monthly in FDMC.