How To Make $500 A Day Woodworking / Building Tables

How To Make $500 A Day Woodworking / Building Tables

I was hired to build 3 Tables and bench sets for a local restaurant and I’m bringing you along for the process. I don’t have a huge shop, I don’t own a ton of tools, but I do know how to hustle! How to make money woodworking. Modern Builds

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-Mike Montgomery

Hi, My name is Mike Montgomery and I’m a MAKER; a designer, builder, and full-time content creator. Accessibility is my focus with Modern Builds, not simply accessibility of designs, but accessibility in materials, information, and projects themselves. I’ve focused on creating furniture and DIY projects that are simple enough that any beginner maker can accomplish, yet interesting enough that any expert might be inspired. Building and making is becoming less and less of an exclusive hobby and profession. My goal is to reduce that separation even further.


  1. EMo on May 9, 2023 at 10:26 am

    Sorry, but these tables are a joke. The benches still bend with just him on it, let alone add 5 more people, LOL. They need a third leg in the middle. He ripped these people off for $2550. Guarantee they will be complaining about these in the long-term. They’re not going to hold up. I am absolutely bamboozedled this guy has almost 2 million(?!) subscribers.

  2. Mac Man on May 9, 2023 at 10:27 am

    The support underneath will not last, not with glue alone.

  3. Nick Larson on May 9, 2023 at 10:28 am

    Still don’t know what wood movement is?

  4. Zucc Bucc on May 9, 2023 at 10:30 am

    Behr product💩

  5. JewishMafia on May 9, 2023 at 10:31 am

    man this guys voice is annoying

  6. Jxno on May 9, 2023 at 10:32 am

    Why not use dominos??

  7. Clear Cut on May 9, 2023 at 10:33 am

    I’m watching an amateur work. Pocket holes, Ryobi, just can’t take you seriously.

  8. Busted Nut Creations on May 9, 2023 at 10:37 am

    Great video. I would bump your price up cause 30% of that is taxed. While 130k salary is good for a person for a business it is not that great. Thank you for mentioning the crown in the boards I feel this if over looked in alot of videos. Also with cedar you want to use stainless steel hardware as anything else will leech out black residue over time outside.

  9. conner jonson on May 9, 2023 at 10:38 am

    Your using your table saw incorrectly.

  10. CTB Sancho on May 9, 2023 at 10:39 am

    No lateral bracing though. Best stretcher looks silly just square hanging underneath the benches. Four or five months tops.

  11. TexasIsHot on May 9, 2023 at 10:40 am

    Very misleading title. 👎 It’s not how to make $500/day woodworking, it was a single job where you happened to make that. I’ve had commissioned jobs where I made $1000 in a day but that didn’t mean I was making $260,000 a year.

  12. Wild Turkey on May 9, 2023 at 10:43 am

    Cross bracing is a must on those types of legs. Commercial use of these tables and benches will eventually destroy them from side to side movement with no support.

  13. Jessy Lawson on May 9, 2023 at 10:43 am

    It’s beautiful cedar, I would have wanted 3 legs on those benches though. That last one flexed even with just the weight of you jumping on it, imagine 6 people sitting on it – not great

  14. Gordon Frigaard on May 9, 2023 at 10:45 am

    Bad application of Pocket Holes ! Boo.

  15. how2q on May 9, 2023 at 10:46 am

    Great video! honestly never knew kreg had this jig. Could have used it in my last project!!

  16. Greg Longenecker on May 9, 2023 at 10:47 am

    These tables will never hold up

  17. Pete Laxson on May 9, 2023 at 10:48 am

    $2050/4 is $512.50.

  18. Ballwiz 23 on May 9, 2023 at 10:51 am

    So you make a video about making money woodworking and then barely talk about the money? Under one minute of money talk and didn’t even mention all the expenses. Smh. Thank you for wasting my time.

  19. Patrick Houchins on May 9, 2023 at 10:52 am

    All these guys that make "how to make money wood working" videos on YouTube are amazing. Teaching a man to fishing is worth than money and they’re doing it for free, Thanks guys.

  20. Andrew D on May 9, 2023 at 10:53 am

    Lost me at pocket screws for a tabletop.

  21. greg randol on May 9, 2023 at 10:54 am

    Woodglut is nice for that.

  22. Jonathan Crain on May 9, 2023 at 10:54 am

    $2500 for that crap!?!?!?😂

  23. the best on May 9, 2023 at 10:55 am

    Whoops. I’ll just bet within 6 months the box store crap (Behr) completely failed. You should have used Penofin Marine oil.

  24. Crayon Parfait on May 9, 2023 at 10:55 am

    Don’t forget about the $30,000 in taxes.

  25. I Was Bored on May 9, 2023 at 10:57 am

    The table legs themselves for 1 table are $406! Dang!

  26. par32 on May 9, 2023 at 10:58 am

    Yikes. These things will start falling apart within a year. So much wiggling side to side on that table. Think about the 100s of people a day that are going to be resting their elbows on it, bumping into it, using it to brace themselves as they stand, etc. This is a horrible job.

  27. Logan C on May 9, 2023 at 10:58 am

    Sweet tables!

  28. fenderfreak86 on May 9, 2023 at 11:00 am

    Lost me when he started talking about using pocket holes for a table top…

  29. Kevin Goosie on May 9, 2023 at 11:02 am

    Next time I am out that way for work I will definitely stop by there.

  30. The KrummyKraftsman on May 9, 2023 at 11:04 am

    I like that this was built with minimal tools… there are so many videos teaching how to do something but include unrealistic tool selection…

  31. mr G on May 9, 2023 at 11:05 am

    at 4 min you sounded like the stradman lol

  32. Radosław on May 9, 2023 at 11:06 am

    in my humble opinion, your projects are a failure !!! I don’t understand why people are watching this !!!

  33. Indigo_Wolf on May 9, 2023 at 11:08 am

    How does the Kreg XL compare to the Kreg HD?

  34. Burritosarebetterthantacos on May 9, 2023 at 11:08 am

    Not sure Im a fan of these but you got paid, you got views, you win. Where I live anyone and their mom could make these with zero effort so your sell price would be wayyyyy less.

  35. Plumbob millionaire on May 9, 2023 at 11:09 am

    Sorry to say but this rough work.

  36. Kings Audio on May 9, 2023 at 11:10 am

    There’s some things I would’ve done differently all your bracing under I would’ve cut it at a 45° that way it’s just not a flat board sticking out and it was a lip on the stand I would’ve cut the 40° to that little lip but it look good also I would’ve put maybe one more for the legs in the middle it’ll give him more character and definitely more support Just more in material

  37. Tim Henry on May 9, 2023 at 11:10 am

    No way in hell your gonna make that all year. How many bars you know of? Lol

  38. Ianmundo on May 9, 2023 at 11:12 am

    using countersunk screws on your flat metal hardware didn’t look great. Since the metal brackets wrapped around the tabletop, a more robust solution would have been hammering in some captive nuts to the tabletop, connecting with bolts and washers from the bottom

  39. Joe Jamata on May 9, 2023 at 11:12 am

    I’ve heard good feedback about the Woodglut plans.

  40. Pere Juan on May 9, 2023 at 11:13 am

    With countersunk screws those tables would have been premium.

  41. iggy RS on May 9, 2023 at 11:14 am

    Oh shit dude I saw these in passing the other day! I live right around the corner, these tables are incredible

  42. bowlchamps37 on May 9, 2023 at 11:16 am

    You really need Siri to calculate 500*365. The world is lost.

  43. Dumb Designs on May 9, 2023 at 11:16 am

    Your profit was 850 and your revenue was 2550
    Expenses don’t count toward profit

  44. Chris Black on May 9, 2023 at 11:18 am

    850 a day … ok

    You ripped, glued & screwed some board’s … that’s pre apprentice level work. No fine joinery, no doors or drawers, no high end finish, no fancy timber … 200 a day would be pushing it for those.

    I take it you were approached about the work because the customer has seen your YouTube / social media ?

    Just wow …

  45. Reid Simonson on May 9, 2023 at 11:19 am

    God damn, after time and materials, I doubt you are cutting minimum wage. I wish wood working could be profitable while having a life, but it is 100% a labor of love. You make just enough to pay for a house and food but are working every hour of every day.

  46. V.S.M.O CH Entertainment on May 9, 2023 at 11:20 am

    Sheesh! Damn wow bro!

  47. Bad Dog Homestead on May 9, 2023 at 11:21 am

    Hey man sweet tables! Love this video

  48. juicifer maz on May 9, 2023 at 11:21 am

    I think the legs you put on are suppose to face the other way and I think panhead fasteners would sit more flush. I think they look nice either way.

  49. Olde Liberty Sheds & Structures on May 9, 2023 at 11:21 am

    "Barely Moves", it looked like it wiggled to me. They look great though.

  50. bowlchamps37 on May 9, 2023 at 11:23 am

    Don´t buy such tables where humidity changes quite a lot. They are not movement safe.