Cutting Board Designer Tray

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Project by crashman posted 02-18-2013 02:15 AM 1477 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello LJ’s, This is my first “comissioned” project as they are refered to on LJ. I used the cutting board designer software & came up with this design. The woods are Black Walnut, Padauk, Cherry, & Blood Wood. The Walnut had some knots & burl like areas in it, I filled these with a 5 minute epoxy which worked really goodl. The finish is Mineral oil from the Drug Store ( I warmed it up like you would a Baby’s bottle ). This worked quite well, the wood really soaked it up so should be well protected. Dimensions are 22 1/4 long X 13 wide X 1 1/4 high. If anyone can coach me on what to price a piece like this, send me a PM….........Thanks Jack

-- Jack R. Ellis

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#1 posted 02-18-2013 03:50 AM

Beautiful tray nice work.

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#2 posted 02-18-2013 04:39 AM

Awesome looking

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

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#3 posted 02-18-2013 06:22 AM

If it was ”commissioned” , shouldn’t you have agreed on a price before hand ?
Time , materials , overhead , for starters , are all factors in pricing items : )
Items I make out of scrap to have on hand to sell don’t carry the same price tags as “custom” ordered , aka “commissioned” pieces do. I wouldn’t ask for less than $90-$100 for that piece , unless they supplied everything you needed to make it with , then it would be what ever you value your time to be worth.
Best wishes : )

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#4 posted 02-18-2013 06:40 PM

Dusty 56, Thanks for the comments, I maybe misused the word “commissioned”. The client has seen most of my work & wanted to me to make a gift for her to give to someone else. I asked her what she wanted & she said whatever you want to make, so thats why there was no up front price. I agree that shpould always be an up front thing, anything worse than getting a suprise is giving a suprise…........Jack

-- Jack R. Ellis

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#5 posted 04-10-2013 02:33 PM

WOW, this is nice

-- Gerry (the beginner), Gatineau, QC, Canada

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#6 posted 12-31-2014 03:43 AM

Hi Jack,

this is a nice looking build! To your question on the price for these, I designed the original version of this tray and sell them for $150 in that size. A friend of mine has made some slight modifications to the design and he sells them through stores for $175. Your’s is more complex than mine or my friend’s, so that should give you some perspective on pricing.

-- PaulMayer,

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