How much to charge??

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Project by DaveyDave posted 11-02-2010 04:53 PM 2789 views 5 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok so my brother and I have been making some cutting boards to sell, however we don’t know how much to charge. So I figured I would ask around and see what people thought. I have been making the boards and my brother has been doing the pyrography. The rooster is roughly 12×12 about 3 inches thick, the pheasant is about 12×18 and an inch to inch and a half thick, and the lighthouse is about 12or 13×20 ish .. I don’t have them on hand so this is just from memory. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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#1 posted 11-02-2010 04:54 PM

oh and I forgot to say that there is nothing on the other side, so if they wanted the could use it as an actual cutting board…

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#2 posted 11-02-2010 04:59 PM

Charge a price based upon what you feel your time and material is worth. Materials are usually the smaller part of the equation. How many hours did you spend creating each piece? What do you value your time at dollar wise?

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#3 posted 11-02-2010 05:08 PM


-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 11-02-2010 05:15 PM

I would guess $125-$225 They needs to be marketed as art.

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#5 posted 11-02-2010 05:18 PM

Nice work!

Coupled with your material and labor, you also have to consider supply and demand. So, you might try looking at higher end kitchen stores… What are they selling quality boards for ? Or, donate one to a charity auction fund raiser… what did it sell for? Also, set the price higher vs lower. If too high, you can always place it on “sale.” If too low, it is harder to raise price… Anyway, just tossing out some thoughts.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#6 posted 11-02-2010 05:28 PM

I agree with the above comments in that the market will determine the price. If you break the project down into two distinct parts (material + labor) for the boards and (labor) for pyrography it may be easier.

Without pyrography a 12×12x3 maple board would sell for what? $40, $50, $60, $70? Higher? Totally up to you to make it worth your time.

Then add your brother’s hourly rate to the mix. $10 per hour? $20 per hour? Higher?

It gets more complex if a customer hands you a photo and asks you to duplicate it on a board. Custom work can bring in a bit more, as it’s a personal item that carries more intrinsic value.

Best of luck. The boards look cool.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#7 posted 11-02-2010 05:36 PM

I agree with a1Jim – functional art. The price is up to you. I know artists that sell their paintings for around $125 even in this economy. Have a minimum in mind if someone wants to haggle though most artists don’t. If you want hard numbers … $95 – $175 depending on the size, complexity, and your location (that makes a big difference if you have a local landmark on it).

-- Don

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#8 posted 11-02-2010 05:52 PM

I also agree with Jim and Don… sell these beauts as art… you’ll get a higher price. Anyone would be crazy to cut on them IMHO.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#9 posted 11-02-2010 06:09 PM

I’ve been exploring the same question lately and the answers I’m getting are many and varied and none include a number. The first thing you have to do is decide if it’s to be marketed as art or useful goods. If the latter it’s simply worth what other nice looking boards are worth (find comparables and price accordingly) If however you decide to go the art route, It’s much muddier and the prospective price becomes dependent on a wide range of variables like gallery commissions (50%ish), your name recognition, your “story”, perceived uniqueness, creativity, and on and on and on. The artists that I’ve asked say 1) make sure you cover your time and materials. 2) be sure to make it clear that there is only one exactly like this 3) start at a reasonable price renge to establish sales and as you gain name recognition, raise prices. 4) galleries want assurance that you plan to be around for the long term.
Sorry, I’m not being much more help to you than others have been to me as far as numbers go but when you sit down and think about it their advice all makes sense.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#10 posted 11-02-2010 06:38 PM

I’m with JockMike2, that looks a lot like the Grand Haven Lighthouse.

-- Jim, Michigan

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#11 posted 11-03-2010 01:30 AM

Great work. Do not sell yourself short. These are supper and will probably be used more as art than functional cutting boards. I could see one in the kitchen to add a little decor to a counter.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#12 posted 11-03-2010 03:21 AM

Whatever you charge it won’t be enough! Good Luck! Yes they are super but I would not want to make supper or lunch on them….....

-- Ted Pagels, Green Bay, WI

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#13 posted 11-03-2010 03:51 AM

They are really well done. As for a price, I would start around $175.
Remember that this is art, so don’t feel bad if someone laughs at your price and walks away. I look at some art and think, my 3-year-old could do that I’m not paying that price. Not every person “gets” every art piece.
Good luck, they are really great!

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#14 posted 11-03-2010 05:25 AM

It is in fact the grand haven light house. We live in west michigan… Thank you everyone for your thoughts, opinions, and suggestions. A lot to think about.

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#15 posted 11-03-2010 08:29 AM

I would start at $150 at a minimum. Took the wife to the state fair a few months ago and that seemed to be going rate for paintings of a similar size and style.

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