A Redirection

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Blog entry by Texasgaloot posted 04-28-2008 08:24 PM 1047 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There are some things that just happen that you can’t see coming.
I started woodworking with my Dad in our cold, Western New York one-car garage back when gentlemen still wore hats and nobody cussed in public. It was usually fun, and always educational. I still remember messing about trying to build stuff, and having Daddy walk by and very gently suggest doing it “like this” and experiencing the resulting Cecil B. DeMille parting of the clouds with the chorus singing in the background… Fast forward to college, where I had dorm-mates requesting me to help them build shelves for their stereos and tv’s (cable was still a fairly new idea, then.) My shop consisted of a circular saw, an electric hand drill and bits, and an Estwing hammer. The shop grew only slightly during the early years of marriage and home-moanership. You don’t need a huge shop to refinish gunstocks, you know?
Soon, however, the urge grew in me to make more, cooler things. During my time in seminary the creative juices seemed to flow and table saws, benchtop drill presses, and a respectable number of hand tools seemed to follow me home. Being appointed as a pastor to churches that always needed nice bookcases or little wooden crosses gave me a respectable excuse to relieve my tension in the woodshop. I never saw seminary coming, that was a surprise. I never saw leaving the vocational ministry coming, either, but I’ve been working in the civil engineering field for the last two years.
Right now I am presently just a couple more commissions away from becoming a full-time woodworker. I didn’t see that one coming, either, but it seems to be where I need to be. Now if someone could just tell me how in the world to price your work…

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#1 posted 04-28-2008 08:27 PM

life’s twists and turns are fascinating to watch, aren’t they… all you have to do is listen for opportunity knocking and go answer the door! :)

as for pricing, there’s been much discussion in the LJ shop about that topic – no real consensus on “the best” method though.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 04-28-2008 11:32 PM

Pricing is the secret that nobody knows; or at least agrees on. All agree that you have to do, they just differ on how. In regards to your life path, you know what they say, “Life happens when you’re busy doing other things.” Good luck to you.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#3 posted 04-29-2008 04:41 AM

I wish the best for you, Tex. I know I’ve had a couple of redirections in my life, but feel I’m where God wants me to be right now. I’m doing my woodworking professionally, but like everyone says, it’s a personal thing as far as what you need or want to make at your work. I don’t have to make a living at it, so my price structure is what I feel I should be getting for my work, somewhat based on the current market for similar pieces.

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#4 posted 04-29-2008 11:33 AM

sweating for bucks , in the forum section youll find discussions on this topic . i think the very basic idea is how long the job takes times how much you want per hour of your time

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#5 posted 04-29-2008 11:49 AM

I think pricing is a lot like real estate. It is worth what the market will pay. If there are comps out there (products like yours) shop there prices to get an idea what the market will pay. Then figure out if you can offer the same or better product for a reasonable profit. Over time your production methods will improve which will add to your bottom line if material cost are consistant.

-- Richard

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