|Project by shopmania||posted 08-05-2011 05:41 PM||1512 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
A friend of mine told me her husband, father-in-law and grandfather-in-law had all worked at the same mill in Lockhart, SC. After looking at a scrapbook of my woodworking projects, she gave me a brick from the torn down smokestack, a commemorative marble reproduction of the mill, a ceramic medallion, key to the city, etc. and said “can you do something with this? I don’t care how much it costs.” Well after a couple months it finally got to the top of my project list. I kinda had complete creative freedom on this, so I just wanted to make it look nice. The other challenge was that the brick and marble model are quite heavy. I know I needed to make something 3 dimensional. So this is what I came up with. It is red oak, stained golden oak, with a lacquer finish. I didn’t have enough room to put all the pictures, etc. on the first thing with the brick, so I made a second pice to go along with it. I ended up finishing and giving it to her on his 79th birthday by accident/luck coincidence. She and he are both thrilled with it. She told me he said when something happens to him, he would like to donate it to the city museum in Lockhart, SC. I was happy she liked it so well.
Question: I have about $75.00 in materials in this project. She asked me what it costs. I asked her for $150.00. I have about 4 hours in it- this was the fist time I had to miter corners in 2 planes to get around the corner from horizontal to vertical, so that probably took longer than it should have. So what should I have charged her? She wants me to do something else for her, and told me I need to reconsider my price (make it higher). Any input? This is just my hobby, not a livelihood, but I want to be fair to myself, too.
Thanks for looking, and for your input.
-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, DrTim@ONeillChiro.com- Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)