One of my previous customers (the Doll Wardrobes) asked me to build her a Hall Tree. She had pictures of two that she liked parts of, one she liked the bead board back of the other she liked the bench of. I did some rough designing and thought through the process/steps and determined the project would take about $350 in materials and take me about 40+ hours to complete. The time included shopping for the materials, the cutting, the assembly, and finishing (she wanted it painted). I then started talking to her about what I’d charge her. Based on blogs and forums here on LJ and discussions with other woodworkers I’m thinking 3 to 4 times materials so about $900 to $1200. Through our conversation she wants to pay me $600. I said thank you, but no thank you.
To add some perspective … the doll wardrobe—one of which she bought—(you can see it in my projects) had about $50 – $60 worth of materials in it, and I sold them for $200.
I am essentially a hobbiest, so I tend to make things for friends and family. Not always, but usually. The doll wardrobe mentioned above came about because I had made one for my daughter mostly out of scraps in my shop. Various mothers of girls who also have American Girl Dolls went nuts over the one I made for my daughter and I’ve ended up making and selling 5 so far, each for $200.
My wife felt insulted by the offer as it worked out to about $5 an hour to build it if my time estimate was correct.
Any comments on my decision to say no thank you would be appreciated.
-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards