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mfike

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1787 days ago

I was at a trade show last weekend and sold a few projects that I had built. I was trying to hand out as many business cards as I could hoping for future business. I got an email from a woman I met there saying she wanted a dining table and chairs made from maple. She gave me the link http://www.ashleyfurniture.com/Showroom/LargeProductImage.aspx?PageId=Showroom&SetDomTab=1&ItemNo=D610-50 and wants to know about how much this would cost her. She’s not opposed to some changes if needed, but she wants that basic design. I looked around online and found a site that priced this set at $1000. I told her that I would be happy to build it, but it would be significantly more than Ashley. She said she understands, but wants to know how much. So finally the question. How much should I charge? I know this is not an easy question and there are a thousand variables to consider. I’m just looking for some ballpark figures here. Thanks for any help.


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TopamaxSurvivor

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#1 posted 1787 days ago

Is this for fun and adventure or to make a living?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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cajuncypress

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#2 posted 1787 days ago

I guess it really depends on the tools that you have in your shop, but if I had to come up with a figure based the way my shop is equipped, I’d have to say ballpark $1,800.

-- A.K.A. The Wood Ninja (Silent but Dusty)

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Dan Lyke

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#3 posted 1787 days ago

I’m a hobbyist. I don’t do this for a living. I don’t even buy a whole lot of furniture. My off-the-top figure for good quality furniture would be somewhere on the order of $700 per chair, and at least $1500 for the table. I may be way high, but seems to me that well engineered well finished quality products from a U.S. manufacturer are going to run that or more.

Especially since the main reason to get them from someone who’s going to build them for you rather than buying them from a shop that turns out lots of them is that there are going to be tweaks in dimensions.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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russv

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#4 posted 1787 days ago

Remeber one thing, what ever price you charge, make sure it’s enough that you won’t lose interest half way through.

russv

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GFYS

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#5 posted 1787 days ago

I agree with Mr Lyke about 4000-4500 But they better be nice.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#6 posted 1787 days ago

Being a hobbyist your life doens’t depend on it ;-)) Add up your materials, put labor units on all the steps, price your labor as you see fit, allow for expendibles (overhead =15% most businesses) + profit?? = total

I wouldn’t ball park it, you will come up short :-((

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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rustedknuckles

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#7 posted 1787 days ago

Ball park, $500 per chair, $1200 for the table.

-- Dave- New Brunswick

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huff

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#8 posted 1783 days ago

I think russv put it best. Materials cost you can figure up front, but the labor will need to be enough so you don’t lose interest half way through. I’d rather lose the sale up front then realize half way through the project that I screwed up and underpriced it and end up hating every minute spent trying to finish the job.

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#9 posted 1783 days ago

The studies, research, and bids I have done say that I cannot sell a chair for less than $1500 each. The table I would price at no less than $3500.

The last dining set I bid at $13,000. I did not get the job but I am glad that I did not take it for less.

I back Huff’s sentiments.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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mfike

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#10 posted 1783 days ago

Thanks guys, some good points.

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miles125

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#11 posted 1783 days ago

Todd is close to reality on this one.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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Timberwerks

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#12 posted 1783 days ago

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poroskywood

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#13 posted 1783 days ago

Don’t be afraid to say “No”. I think everyone knows what I mean. Just because someone wants you to make something, doesn’t mean it’s something you want to do. My biggest mistake as a hobbiest is saying yeah I can do that and (like the other comments) whising the whole time I was working on something I wanted to do instead.

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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jcsterling

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#14 posted 1783 days ago

I would say somewhere around 7000-8000 for the set. Don’t set the precident that you work for peanuts…it’s not worth your time.

-- John , Central PA , www.jcsterling.com on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/JC-Sterling-fine-furniture/104430802928776

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