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#1 posted 04-22-2013 02:58 PM

A friend of mine i used to work with was an excellent wood worker. He never built anything for anyone. Almost never anyway. His standard line was that he only built special things – stuff you can’t buy, customs – and therefore could not be cheaper than store bought. He was happy to talk to people about true custom projects, but they knew the cost was going to be appropriately higher than showroom because of it.

Now that I’m getting more in to the hobby, I see why. I am building two endtables. They cost me $200 in materials (total for both). They are exactly what I want and unique, but I’d have to get $200 apiece for them at least to make it worth my while. There are a lot of nice showroom pieces for less than that.


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