3d tumbling board #1: 3d tumbling board

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Blog entry by Tag84 posted 02-08-2013 12:20 AM 5383 reads 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi guys

This is a commision i’m working on from a client (unknown online person), and was wondering how much could you ask for these boards? Or for what amount did other LJ’s sell these labour intensive type of boards?
This is my first one, thanks to DeGoose’s tutorial.
It took 4 feet boards of walnut,maple and cherry.
Size when finished will be 17.7’’ length x 12.6’’ wide x 3.9’’ highed.

-- -Thomas -

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#1 posted 02-08-2013 12:58 AM

At least $20 per hour, plus materials price, would be my policy.

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#2 posted 02-08-2013 03:08 AM

Time, materials plus overhead expenses. What does your market allow?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 02-08-2013 04:35 AM

I knew you could do it …if you gave it a go… wasn’t that hard after all…LOL…
As to pricing… that is roughly 6.5 board feet in the final project…charge out at S65 per board foot…
If you are a registered business and paying all sorts of over heads and taxes… then you could rightly charge $400.00 or more..
A hobbyist would charge enough to cover costs….LOL
You make up your mind…somewhere inbetween…
When I first started out I was charging around $100.00 to $120.00 for the more complex boards… now… I charge like a wounded bull…
Hope this is some help…
OF COURSE, it depends on the market…and what it will bear in your area…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#4 posted 02-08-2013 07:11 AM

Hy Tag 84,

What a nice peace of work! I,m sorry but for this kind of work you,ll never can be payed for. When i,m looking to your shop i think that this is not only hobbywork.Try to do this as an artist and you can aske what ever you like :). As a woodworker you,ll have to asked at least euro 35 an hour + fat.

Greatings Dutchy


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#5 posted 02-08-2013 07:47 AM

Many thanks to all of you, Doc that’s the hard thing i have no clue what the market prices are for this. But like Larry mentioned around the 100-150 euro seems fair. i saw some butcher blocks online for around that price, but far less complicated and smaller.
The wood alone costed me around 70 euro’s or 94 $.
I charge like a wounded bull… great expression :D.
Dutchy bedankt voor je advies! :)

-- -Thomas -

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#6 posted 02-08-2013 06:07 PM

You do some nice “out of the box thinking” pieces which set you apart? I believe you need to see where it goes? for you it is a business? Start in above what seems fair, especially if it is unique. The more you present of the piece may decrease its uniqueness. An artist sell him/her self as well as the work?

James Krenov stayed true to his woodworker as artist/ameture status, but his wife supported him financially until he was able to get recognition.

Many woodworkers and artists do commissioned work, that customers direct, but it is their style.

Woodworkers who don’t sell there work can do what they want? LOL!

A quandry, but you are not alone?

Has your box sold?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 02-09-2013 01:43 PM

Hi Doc,

I handle projects proffesionaly, but it’s not my main source of income. I couldn’t live from these little projects i do now and then. I didn’t sell any box so far, would be a nice motivation to keep going though.
I tried setting up an Etsy account, but i don’t want a credit card (( last step before your account opens)
I will see where it goes :)

-- -Thomas -

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