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Boats and figurines - my one and only commission job ever

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Project by Yuval Eitan posted 10-23-2015 08:09 AM 949 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Boats and figurines – little thingies…

I am strictly an amature woodworker and turner. I work in a hospital (head a molecular diagnosic lab), and wood is a hobby, recreation. Eccept for an occasional practical project for home – tables, an island, library, beds for the kids, and so on.

So I was a little surprised when I was approached by some lady whom I do not know, through a third party.
She likes arts and crafts, and usually buys stuff to paint and decorate. This time she wanted some specific items that couldn’t be found to purchase. So I gave it a go….

I cut three boats on the bandsaw, with some sails and dowel masts (?). Curved the boats bottoms;
I also made a puppet, whos limbs and head I attaced to the body with bent copper wire (extracted from some electrical cord);
And I turned six figurines (four shown here).

Everything was made with pine leftovers and cutoffs.
I charged an outragous fee of ~6 US$ a piece…. ;-P

I enjoyed the process, figuring out what were her requirements and specifications, and fulfilling them to the best of her satisfaction. That said, I have never done this again – from then on I do it only for FREE…! ;-D

Cheers, and pleasant weekend,

Yuval

-- Knowlege is just like love - it never dilutes, only grows! Sharing it with others just strengthens it





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Hawaiilad

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#1 posted 10-23-2015 08:57 AM

Very nice Yuval. Just remember, there is nothing wrong with making money from your hobby…that’s how we find the money to buy more tools!!

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 10-23-2015 09:17 AM

Nice project, I wish you more commision project in the future.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Yuval Eitan

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#3 posted 10-23-2015 09:48 AM

Thank you Larry and Ivan !

Larry, I tottlay agree with you, I just don’t consider 6 bucks a piece “making money”.... LOL

Ivan, thanks. if a propper commission projects comes along, I will not decline.

In the mean time I’m working on a fee-free commission job (oximoron, isn’t it…) – file and chisel beech handles.

Doviđenja, Hipahipa !

-- Knowlege is just like love - it never dilutes, only grows! Sharing it with others just strengthens it

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 10-23-2015 10:51 AM

Very cool figures and boats!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Yuval Eitan

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#5 posted 10-23-2015 10:56 AM

Thanks Jim!

-- Knowlege is just like love - it never dilutes, only grows! Sharing it with others just strengthens it

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sval229

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#6 posted 10-23-2015 03:49 PM

Just like Hawaiilad said, nothing wrong with taking a bit of change. If you actually figure out how much time you have in a project you would probably be surprised how low your hourly rate is. I was a production manager for a large production machine shop for 20 years so when I have something I think I can sell or use for gifts I set up and make several items at once just to keep the cost down. The only thing that changes is your setup time to make the pieces. As long as it’s a hobby and you’re having fun doing it, it’s cool. My biggest job so far was about $7000 for a wall unit but that was more work than fun. I’m usually around $50 – $100 for display cases & stuff…and still havin’ fun.

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Mark Wilson

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#7 posted 10-24-2015 08:18 PM



Very nice Yuval. Just remember, there is nothing wrong with making money from your hobby…that s how we find the money to buy more tools!!

- Hawaiilad

Otherwise, we find ourselves learning to make our own tools.

-- Mark

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Yuval Eitan

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#8 posted 10-24-2015 09:08 PM

SVAL229 - I have not argued any different. Just haven’t set it up as an additional source of income (for that I teach senior citizens in a local collage. A lot of fun, too. And meaningful). I guess if someone asks me to do a commission production work that will be worth my while, and I will be able to commit to it – I won’t refuse. Darn it, 7K$ is ~ 3x my monthly salary at the hospital….

Mark – I love making my own tool! And yet even more – I love to learn how to make them!
No wonder I don’t do commissions, ha?.... ;-P

-- Knowlege is just like love - it never dilutes, only grows! Sharing it with others just strengthens it

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