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#1 posted 05-31-2008 07:36 PM


I think to some extent Jarrod is right. I don’t do kitchens often but when I do, I price them exactly the same way I do furniture. I figure all my materials, add in a waste factor, estimate time to do the work and all the other things Roman was pointing out and then add a small percentage for things I forgot plus add something for profit. If you check out other posts concerning pricing, you’ll see that it seems to be the hardest thing for woodworkers to figure out. Hopefully, your 3 – 8k shortage is just shorting your pay and profit and not cash out of your pocket to finish the job. The lesson you learn from working for $4 an hour is still better than being better off paying someone 2k not to do a job.

As to the lesson learned by hating to loose a job because you have a young family, every time I take on a job where I think I really NEED to do the job, I regret it later. The worst ones are when I give in and work for a customer that I just know is going to be a PIA throughout the entire project. Every single time, without exception, I have found it was not worth dealing with that kind of customer because I felt I “needed” the job for whatever reason it was at the time. In short, price it out, give them a price and hope they go for it. You’ve found out what happens when you try to undercut what you “think” is your competition.

Looked over your “project” page. Your work looks very good. Don’t sell yourself short. Good luck and keep up the great work.

-- Chuck Bender, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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