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This was special request from a show I did last November. A 28” Teak lazy susan. This was a true collaboration since the piece was too big for my CNC, fellow LJ Roger Gaborski did the machining on his CNC. In fact Roger designed the slats based on a picture the client sent over so I think he ended up doing more than I did. At $37 bd. ft. Teak is one expensive proposition. There is about $400 of materials and machining into this thing without making a dime for myself yet. I learned I need to ask many more questions when people ask me if I can do custom orders.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.





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Mr M's Woodshop

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#1 posted 05-11-2017 01:37 PM

What you said.

Custom orders are great, but you’ve got to have all of the estimations done before you quote a price. That’s never easy! My bugaboo is shipping these days … didn’t realize that a 24” box would double my normal shipping!

Nice looking piece, though!

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA, http://www.MowryJournal.com

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dansnow

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#2 posted 05-11-2017 01:38 PM

I hear you about custom orders. I lost money big time in the beginning by not asking enough questions about materials, details, etc. and I wasn’t really figuring much if any for labor. Now, I don’t cheat myself on labor or materials, and let the customer decide if they want to pay it.

Nice looking project by the way.

-- Snow's Wooden Toys & Gifts

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splintergroup

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#3 posted 05-11-2017 03:01 PM

I remember you telling us about this, the circle has been closed 8^)

CNC was a nice choice, I’d hate to screw up on something that exotic by using a router, etc. I hope the recipient appreciates all your effort, you deserve it!

What did you use for a bearing (If that was part of the project)?

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BillyDoubleU

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#4 posted 05-11-2017 03:51 PM

Some tips simply on shipping.

eBay has a good shipping calculator for dimensions and weight from multiple carriers.

If you want a good way of tracking hours etc an app called “Hours Tracker” is an awesome app with lots of features to get you paid proper.

-- "But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!” ~ Dr. Seuss

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JimRochester

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#5 posted 05-11-2017 07:09 PM

I don’t think I could have glued it up as good as the CNC carved it. Thanks to Roger I didn’t have to do it in sections.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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JimRochester

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#6 posted 05-11-2017 07:10 PM


I remember you telling us about this, the circle has been closed 8^)

CNC was a nice choice, I d hate to screw up on something that exotic by using a router, etc. I hope the recipient appreciates all your effort, you deserve it!

What did you use for a bearing (If that was part of the project)?

- splintergroup

- JimRochester

This one is a local so fortunately I don t have to worry about shipping. I m guessing it would run $100 if I tried to ship it somewhere. Big and heavy.

For the bearings I just grab those at Woodcraft. I believe this one is either a 10” or 12” bearing and a 20” lower platter made of ash.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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LoganN

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#7 posted 05-15-2017 07:02 PM

I love the “I learned I need to ask more questions when people ask about custom orders”! That is so true – as always bud, fantastic job! I think it looks great

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