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Blog entry by Don Butler posted 09-21-2009 07:27 PM 846 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I can’t imagine why this catalog was sent to me.
I can’t imagine who’s buying this pricey stuff.

Its a catalog of turnings and furniture parts.

1. I have NEVER purchased anything like this from anyone.
2. The items in the catalog are so expensive as to be ludicrous.

An item picked at random is a 42” long “Fluted thin-long post farmhouse leg”.
In cherry wood theyre asking 79.95
In pine its 49.50
In walnut its 100.95
None of these are provided with finishes.

I may be missing out on a good thing! I could make these parts and I’d love to get these prices.
But, realistically, I don’t think people who have the slightest woodworking skills would pay these prices.

But, if anybody asks me for turning I may use this catalog for a pricing guide. ;-)

d

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Roper

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#1 posted 09-21-2009 09:01 PM

please do let us in on who is making so much.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust- www.roperwoodturning.com

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StevenAntonucci

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#2 posted 09-21-2009 09:41 PM

Osborne or Matthew Burak? I bought a set of legs from Burak 13 years ago, and while expensive, they cost a lot less than the lathe I would now turn them on…

I think that you need to compare prices based upon what it would take to operate a business, and not what a hobby woodworker would want to pay. The legs that I got from Burak were $32 ea, mortised to my spec so I only needed to do flatwork to build my table. If I had to do it again, I doubt I could touch his prices.

Just my 0.02

P.S. They were excellent quality (no glueups)

-- Steven

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Don Butler

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#3 posted 09-21-2009 11:22 PM

Its Burak.

I still can’t figure out why he sent me a catalog.

d

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Julian

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#4 posted 09-21-2009 11:23 PM

I can only assume they bought your info from some other mail order company that you have dealt with like woodcraft or rockler. I agree with steven though. If you were to make a living off of table parts, that price sounds about right.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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SCOTSMAN

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#5 posted 09-21-2009 11:26 PM

He’s got hold of your information from the net somehow no doubt.I think you make a fair point turning legs on your own lathe ,to get all 4 identical is not as easy as you think,and not that hard either if your commited.I agree these prices are very high and also when one makes a piece of furniture by this method it it really your own workmanship? I think not.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Don Butler

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#6 posted 09-21-2009 11:48 PM

I have a Legacy mill which allows me to make duplicates.

d

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#7 posted 09-22-2009 06:14 AM

I would love to have a Legacy Ornamental Mill. I saw them at a trade show and I could see using one in my shop.

I made a bench for a client to match existing furniture and the only way that I could make money doing it was to buy the legs from Matthew Burak. I could not have made the legs nor had them made locally for what I paid which included shipping.

I understand that many woodworkers choose to enjoy the experience and and challenge of making legs. But from a business standpoint I do not have an option if I want to make money.

I must say that I was impressed with the quality of legs as delivered. But then I installed them and beat the crap out of the piece to produce a distressed look. I guess that I should have requested seconds at a discount for my purpose.

SV103050

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Don Butler

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#8 posted 09-22-2009 12:48 PM

I probably don’t use my Legacy mill as much as I should, but then, I’m not a professional woodworker. So I work at whatever I want.
I will take on woodworking jobs for pay, but only under my requirements:
I dont work under deadlines.
I don’t make housecalls.
I don’t cope with emergencies.

That’s the nice thing about my circumstances. I can get away with that sort of thing. ;-)

But since I’ve acquired a nice pile of well seasoned Black Walnut, I can assure you, I’ll be making some pretty columns for clocks and tables on the Legacy.

d

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#9 posted 09-22-2009 02:34 PM

Be sure to post pictures or video of the Legacy Mill in action. These machines are a treat.

You are smart, your rules for taking on paying jobs will keep woodworking enjoyable.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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