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Project by TheDane posted 05-11-2014 02:34 PM 2609 views 26 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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People keep asking me how much I would charge to build or repair something for them, so I thought posting a sign by the door of the shop might help.

This is just a pine panel (8 1/2” x 11”). I did the graphic in a publishing program, and reverse printed it on a piece of slick paper (the backing from a sheet of address labels) with an ink jet printer. I placed the sheet of paper face down on the board and used a J-roller to transfer the image, then gave it a couple of quick coats of lacquer.

I don’t expect to make a lot of money in the shop, but this may help avoid some awkward questions … and provide a few laughs!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"





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#1 posted 05-11-2014 03:18 PM

I always quote the idea of this sign to customers,good job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 05-11-2014 03:49 PM

This is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a long time. I will have to make one of these for the shop. Thanks for the idea Gerry. Great idea and nice job.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#3 posted 05-11-2014 04:19 PM

Great idea

-- Norman

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#4 posted 05-11-2014 04:29 PM

Good idea…

Might be a good idea to just give people the thought that I DO charge for my services! LOL :)

I’ve never really ‘pushed’ it… I’d rather have fun and just help… for nothing… except for materials…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#5 posted 05-11-2014 04:56 PM

I have found that people only consider the cost of materials in a project and don’t expect to pay for your time. A lot of things I have made for people, I came out working for less than the minimum wage so I have just gotten to the point where I make something for the therapy it provides for me (and then overcharge the hell outta the materials!). Don’t try to get over on an old person. We may not be as sharp as we once were but we have way more experience at being sneaky.

-- If trees could scream, would we still cut them down. We might, if they did it all the time for no good reason

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#6 posted 05-11-2014 05:16 PM

OldWrangler—My Dad had a saying that reinforces your post: ”I may not be as sharp as I once was, but I am as sharp once as I ever was.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#7 posted 05-11-2014 05:22 PM

=)

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#8 posted 05-11-2014 05:24 PM

Several service business guys I know have there highest rate described as “If you tried to fix it first”. They are amazed how someone will bring in a box of parts and describe what the problem was, then wonder how much it will cost fix.

-- Tom southern MI

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#9 posted 05-11-2014 06:07 PM

Perfect, Gerry!

My only criticism is I don’t think the rates escalate fast enough. By the time you get to “helping” it should be at least $200 per hour.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 05-11-2014 06:26 PM

Charlie—Maybe I should raise my rates!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#11 posted 05-11-2014 06:46 PM

Funny, but true

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#12 posted 05-11-2014 07:23 PM

Well done! I agree with the ‘If you tried to fix it first’ idea. Don’t think I have seen someone use ‘slick’ paper from an inkjet to transfer an image before. I guess the ink just doesn’t stick to the slick paper?

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#13 posted 05-11-2014 09:31 PM

I also tell customers that if they supply materials, all prices are double what is posted. They ask why and I tell them because I have no idea what condition their materials is in, if it has metal in it, etc.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - http://www.dlwoodworks.com - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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#14 posted 05-11-2014 09:34 PM

Gerry, I love it!

I need 2 of those – one for the shop and one for the sawmill.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#15 posted 05-11-2014 09:38 PM

DLCW said “I also tell customers that if they supply materials, all prices are double what is posted. ” This is a good policy. When I was a contractor, long ago, some folks would have the material and ask me to install it. I charged them the same as using my own material price and tossed theirs in the trash.

-- In God We Trust

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