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#1 posted 04-21-2010 04:26 PM

I’m woodworker A and I am very sensitive to woodworker B. Here is my policy. At least 2/3rds of my work is for my personal consumption or gifts. I do quite a bit of work for my church for the cost of materials. I also do work and participate in a craft show sponsored by a charity once a year for the cost of materials. However, with respect to the craft show, the products are sold to the public at a reasonable profit-making price. All the profit goes to the charity. I will not permit the people at the craft show to discount my prices.

I occasional get requests to make something. Usually, the request is because someone saw my work at the church or a gift I had given away. They will say, I saw the gift you gave your sister and I would like one like that to give to my Dad. In those cases, I always charge what I think a professional would charge. If I get the job – fine. If not – that’s okay too. I have a nice pension.

My formula for “what a professional would charge” is (cost of materials + estimated labor at $25/hour) x 1.25. That strikes me as a fair formula but I would gladly receive comment on that.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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