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#1 posted 08-20-2012 04:15 PM

Thanks Jim. I went in with a good attitude I think. I told them I was not looking to get rich, and realize they also need to make a profit, but have a lot more overhead than I do. They also have something I don’t – a customer base. She (the store) paid about 15$ each for the slimline pens and pencils and 8$ each for keychains. That alone is about triple my material costs (the kits cost me about 3$ and the wood blanks were about 1$. CA glue and finish goes a long way). She paid about 48$ each for the cutting boards. My total lumber cost was around 100$ and I was able to get 9 decent sized (10 1/2” wide x 16” long x 1 1/4” thick) cutting boards out of it. Again, with labor, there is NO profit there. It takes me a solid day to make a cutting board. If I had a MUCH nicer planer or a drum sander and some nice Bessy or Jet parallel clamps instead of bar clamps, I could easily cut that down by 2/3’s. If I was supporting my family with this, I would be screwed.

She mentioned the pens will sell at about 25$ each and the cutting boards well sell at about 80$. I think that is pretty expensive, but she assured me that is what her customers generally pay for the plain old Maple edge grain boards of similar size she previously had. These have cherry, walnut and purple heart also.


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