|Forum topic by toddbeaulieu||posted 11-23-2015 09:05 PM||1140 views||0 times favorited||16 replies|
11-23-2015 09:05 PM
I got to thinking this weekend as I slaved over a kitchen island top.
I’m very curious to hear how much effort/time you think this type of project should have taken. This was my first paid commission and I’m trying to establish a value. Yeah … you’d think I would have done that up front, but anyway.
I’d say I have about 15 hours or so into this. Milling rough lumber and figuring out the layout always seems to take a substantial amount of time, even with my large jointer and planer. Looking for that perfect layout of grain and pattern match, worm hole and spalting placement takes time. Carefully milling and sneaking up on the final dimensions to try to minimize mistakes and ruining a prime board also eats up time. I originally wanted a soft round-over on all edges, and did so by hand. Like with all projects, I let it talk to me as I go and my soft edges evolved into a larger radius. Rather than getting 95% of that done in a few short minutes on the router table for some reason I decided to use a block plane and to finish with a sanding block through all the grits. Now THAT took a lot of time and left me feeling a bit stupid. I’d say that alone was a couple of hours to get it consistent and free of scratch marks. I had to repair some cracks with super glue, which was precision work because I used thin black, which would stain the surrounding surface if I got sloppy. Four coats of Arm-R-Seal.
So I’d love to hear from you. Do you think I’m ridiculously inefficient or about right? On most projects it’s a labor of love and I take my time, enjoying the alone time and the process. As I grow more interested in trying to fund my hobby by selling work I feel like I put far too much time into these projects to be able to sell them, as I just don’t think I’d find buyers willing to pay for quality.