Pricing your work explained!!!

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Blog entry by ocwoodworker posted 11-22-2011 05:54 AM 5314 reads 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ran across an article in “The Pursuit of Mastery” while out on our ‘date night’ at Barnes & Noble. I think it’s put out by Woodwork magazine. The article is by Richard Jones. I’ve never seen such a great breakdown in how to price a piece of work. A must read for all those crazy enough to “have a go at it”.
In it he goes into detail on each of the major steps that we have to account for.
-Timber buying
-Material charges (based on inherent defects of certain materials) and Direct and indirect costs
- Millwork (truing a solid timber) including tidying the shop and time spent for sharpening tools
-Jointery (based on how many joints)
-Hanging doors

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Good luck!


-- I'd like to believe Murphy's Law haunts my woodshop, because if it's Karma it would mean I had something to do with it. - K.R.

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#1 posted 11-22-2011 06:14 AM

thanks for sharing Kevin.

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#2 posted 11-22-2011 06:47 AM

the answer

all summed up in 10 lines

do it 9 ?

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#3 posted 11-22-2011 08:30 AM

all summed up in 2 words



choice number one ? Timber, where do you buy it, what time of year, what quantities, do you have a buyer or does some one you know have a buyer. Did you buy at retail ? Wholesale ? an auction or maybe you found the perfect garage sale ? Timber is much the same as the next 9 questions

the second question, point of sale makes me think you shop too often at HD, the waste factor and for those fools who think there isn’t one, there is, and my guess………..its running about ……..way more then you thought it would be. Inherit defects shouldn’t be solely based on product but rather the insurmountable amount of people who complicate it. Point in case……………the “defect” isnt in the wood.

millwork……… the reviews. They throw a whole ballgame into ground ZERO. Throw 900 bucks at a tool, brand new from the box, and talk “How much does the millwork cost”. Fundamentally important but of little consequence if point 1 and 2 were missed

jointery is a word I dont even recognize…………so why go to point # 4

they forgot

packaging, loading, shipping, purchases, POS, POP,……………..not even mentioning installing, good God what could happen there and how do you “track it”:

its an easy answer and your banker can answer it

One question………….”Do I have more money in my account then I had last week”…..and that question, can only be answered after the day is done, and you have paid every single invoice you owed

really simple math and you shouldn’t waste yer money on a book missing too many chapters
but everybody needs a starting point

or not

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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