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#1 posted 01-07-2012 08:19 PM

I had a commission to make a couple of standing grain cutting boards for a lady for Christmas that she could gift to her daughters in law.

This was a learning experience for me since the only real building I’ve done for the last 50 years was some coasters for a friend and restoring some expensive 18th century cabinetry. (That was a learning curve in itself).

The cabinetry, if I counted all the research I did would have paid less than a dollar an hour.
the cutting boards were another matter. They were slated to be 12”X16” and 1 1/2” thick. They actually turned out to be 1 3/8”X 10.5”X14”.. Yeah I had some screw ups and it was easier to cut them out than make a new one.
My way was to finish them in time for Christmas and let the lady know what I had in materials. I let her tell me what they were worth. She gave me $150 in cash and the next morning left a $50 check in the crack of my shop door frame.
More than I would have ever considered charging even though the materials cost n the neighborhood of $65 because I wasn’t really happy with them.

Others have said “Whatever the market will bear”, others mention time and materials. In your case I think I would set a price, based on time and materials, and see if the items sell at that price point. If they don’t, wait a few weeks and drop the price 20%. If they sell quickly, raise the price the next time by 15% and so on. Your market will find you by your work, not by what you charge.

Myself? I’m still trying to find my niche to be able to support my habits, (wood working, Bus Conversion and Beer), and not have to take anything away from our limited monthly income.

Good Luck to ya! Keep your stick on the ice.

DF

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!


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