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#1 posted 07-29-2014 03:43 PM

I agree that Huff has a good description of the business end of woodworking. I never just “throw” a price to someone, but instead always spend some time developing a price. That includes material, supplies, and amount of time to complete the project (don’t forget to include the time you spend developing the bid. ALL your time is worth money!).

”Set the price high enough to leave some wiggle room to back down to.”

Sorry, but NEVER do that. The worst thing you can ever do is “negotiate” your price. Set your price at what you consider a reasonable level based on the complexity of the project and stick to it. If the customer wants to haggle, reduce the value of the project by eliminating hardware or some other feature. Backing down lessens the value you represent to the customer and will cost you more in the long run.

You definitely undercharged for that piece from what I gather. I’m currently working on an entertainment console that is 68”x22”x32”, made of poplar and maple, lacquered white, with a solid cherry top. Here is the companion piece:

Total price is much higher than $250.

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