My father is getting ready to retire from the daily grind. He doesn't have a whole lot to occupy his time when he retires and I'm trying to think of things he can do to keep him busy. I want him to stay busy because I've found that people who retire to a very sedentary lifestyle, waste away to nothing very quickly and shorten their years drastically.
My father likes to build furniture. He is VERY good at it. IMO his work rivals that of master carpenters like Norm Abrams. However, there is only so much furniture a guy can build for his own house.
This is where my idea comes in. I see all this audio furniture going for insane amounts of money for what they are. I know what it costs to put together high quality furniture. The materials alone are astronomical anymore. But, if one is building furniture by hand, you can control costs and set prices and make some money out of it. If my dad likes to build furniture, he can run a small business with it, do the work he enjoys doing and make a buck or two.
My idea is to build custom furniture for people that includes things like subwoofers in end tables or coffee tables or hidden shelfs and such for say a home theater PC control center or even a corner unit with a hidden sonotube subwoofer in the rear of the cabinet. My dad can build the furniture to plans without a problem. I would have to do the work on the math for building sub enclosures and such but I don't mind that. I can also do the wiring, it's really no different than a car stereo.
So what I am looking for opinions on here is, do you think there is a market for such furniture? I know there is an audio furniture market and people are getting raped on pretty poor quality stuff daily. But do you think the added bonuses of amplified and non-amplified subs enclosed in furniture and maybe fancy hidden panels for TV's and such is there? I'm not looking to get rich, I'm just looking at an idea for my dad to continue to do what he likes to do, have it pay for itself and maybe make a few bucks in the process. The only issue would be the business end of it but my mother has already said it wouldn't be difficult. I figured a website to start would be good.
So what do you think? Is there enough of a market to make it worth it? And when I say my dad is good, he's good. Many people have said that they were quite surprised at the quality of work he does and a few have even said that I'm lying and asked me where I really got the furniture from.