As you know, I’m making Adirondack chairs for fun and profit. It takes me one day to cut the wood and sand it. The next day is for assembling and using the pre-conditioner and if it dries to stain or shellac. Even if I run into a few snags, each chair will take a ball park 3 days. I could get that down to 2 days, but I’d be pushing it. So that’s about 10 chairs a month.
It takes me roughly $53.15 to make a chair. I can work on getting wood cheaper and the make of the chair will dictate some of that. If I use 5/4×6 x 8 Standard Treated Decking I could shave $20 off easy.
So I’m toying with the $160.00 per chair price, realizing that the market will likely adjust that figure down some.
So at maximum production and maximum price I’m looking at profits of only $1000.00 per month, hardly enough but still better than nothing.
The above was calculated with indoor 1×4’s. If I go to 5/4×6 x 8 Standard Treated Decking my total material cost is $33.15 which means if each chair were to sell for $160 I could make $1268.00 a month.
I need to increase production through some method.
Okay, maybe I need to find other things to make.
I had almost forgotten how much fun running a business is.
-- Mom always said, "you can do anything you put your mind to." The older I get the more I realize she was right.