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Ishkabibble

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09-14-2017 06:45 PM

And I bet this is in the wrong forum. Which is frustrating, because there’s no place to make requests for services~!

I am hoping to make a birthday gift for one of my wife’s co-workers. This lady has the coolest hobby (aside from woodworking) that anyone could imagine. She makes cheese. We were over at her house last week, (she lives alone and wanted help preparing for the storms) and she showed us how she starts making cheese. Anyway, she cuts the curds after she’s made them set, and uses a long, thin knife to do it. She complained that she’d seen “curd cutters” everywhere, but they were in the hundreds of dollars and she couldn’t afford one. Enter my bright idea.

I did some research, and found out how these things are made, and designed one up in Sketchup for a gift for her.

Problem is, I have zero woodworking skills, zero tools, and that’s about it. I tried a small, local cabinet shop, Which was an unpleasant and eye-opening experience. The guy took one look at my drawing, and told me “That thing’s too small for me to waste my time on, and you wouldn’t want to pay my $50/hour shop fee anyway.” and walked away…

What I need is, someone who is willing to cut eight small pieces of hard maple for me.

The dimensions of them are:

3/16” x 3/8” x 12-1/2” (four pieces)

and

7/16” x 3/8” x 4-3/8” (also four pieces)

This thing is a 12-1/2” long by 4-3/4” wide H-shaped doohickey, with fishing line strung on it to cut cheese curds. If I can get the pieces, I can assemble it myself. Again, the problem is, I have no tools, skills, knowledge, access to a small piece of maple. etc. I even found a photo of what the thing looks like!

Is there anyone out there who has more time on their hands than they know what to do with, who can help a guy out? I’m absolutely willing to throw some bucks at this. I don’t expect a freebie, and it would be nice to find someone who didn’t see “sucker” written on my forehead like that guy in the cabinet shop…

Thanks!


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Loren

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#1 posted 09-14-2017 06:55 PM

You could try Etsy.

Many sellers on there will do custom orders.

Somebody here may be interested too.

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#2 posted 09-14-2017 07:16 PM

She likes to cut the cheese, huh?

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#3 posted 09-14-2017 07:39 PM

Something tells me that those dimensions are off a bit….

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#4 posted 09-14-2017 07:52 PM

Perhaps you could ask at a local school that teaches woodworking. Is there a woodworker’s guild near you?

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#5 posted 09-14-2017 08:06 PM

In all honesty it’s going to be cheaper to buy one.
-Lumber +
-Stainless steel hardware +
-Food safe wood finish +
-Labor (even at half the price of the cabinet shop) +
-Shipping

Your breast bet would be to find a neighbour with the resources to help you out for free. I’m not trying to discourage you, but those are real world costs that you need to factor in.

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#6 posted 09-14-2017 09:09 PM



In all honesty it s going to be cheaper to buy one.
-Lumber +
-Stainless steel hardware +
-Food safe wood finish +
-Labor (even at half the price of the cabinet shop) +
-Shipping

Your breast bet would be to find a neighbour with the resources to help you out for free. I m not trying to discourage you, but those are real world costs that you need to factor in.

- Gilley23

+1

-- Desert_Woodworker

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Ishkabibble

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#7 posted 09-14-2017 09:12 PM

Let me address these in order… First, thanks to everyone who replied.

Loren: There are no woodworkers on “Etsy” that would only cut eight pieces of wood. I’ve asked a few already.

Gargey: What does that mean? I don’t understand.

Gilley23: Of course the dimensions are different. I posted a picture of one, and the one I am trying to get done is for a different size pot.

ChuckV: There hasn’t been a “local school that teaches woodworking” in my area since the 1980s. There aren’t even any high schools that have metal shops any longer. If you’ll look at the thread about woodworking in Augusta, Ga, you’ll see that it’s a nearly dead area.

Gilley23 (again): I appreciate your comments, but you’re flat wrong. No, it won’t be more expensive to buy one. Did you not read that the ones we found for purchase were in the hundreds of dollars range? I’m looking to get $5 of wood cut. A package of stainless steel screws at Home Depot is about $1.59. Who said anything about “finish”? According to the information I’ve found, a pint bottle of food safe polyurethane is only about $8 Labor? How hard can it be to cut four little bitty pieces of wood? Tat’s simply someone who immediately thinks “Damn I can make some big bucks off this rube!” and if you’d actually bothered to read the post, I’ve already encountered that kind of jerk. Shipping… Hmm… Let’s see, The thickness of these pieces is 3/16”. The longest one is 12.5”... Maple must weigh hundreds of pounds per square inch. I’ve ordered books from people before that didn’t cost as much as $5 to mail. None of your “real world costs” are either real or as much as you’re trying to make them out to be in the first place. And if I had any neighbors who even had so much as a circular saw, do you think I would have posted here to get your discouraging pessimism? At the risk of being banned from this board, you’re absolutely taking me for an idiot, you didn’t read what I wrote, and you’re exactly the type of person I had hoped to avoid.

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#8 posted 09-14-2017 09:14 PM

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#9 posted 09-14-2017 09:27 PM

$50 an hour for labor, tools and insurance – is what I charge- but I woldn’t turn my head from you- it is a reasonable rate in AZ. On a project like this, I would be lucky to make $10 after taxes.
For a project like this; I suggest trying a 55+ community that has a community workshop. There are quite a few in the Phoenix area.

-- Desert_Woodworker

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Desert_Woodworker

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#10 posted 09-14-2017 09:30 PM

Giley23 You forgot to add $10-15 for handling charges to the actual shipping costs :)

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#11 posted 09-14-2017 09:39 PM

Woodworkers' Guild of Georgia
Gwinnett Woodworkers Association
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-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#12 posted 09-14-2017 09:55 PM

It sounds like you are expecting a freebee to me.

I don’t make things to sell, I make them for myself and I can easily see 4 hrs to make one of those.

That is the problem with a lot of people for some reason they think if someone makes something for you it will be cheaper than the Walmart/Ikea price for it.

Labor and shipping are the big costs. Books have special shipping prices, it is called media mail and is insanely cheap but it is restricted to media such as books, video tapes etc. I recently mailed a 12×12x4 package that weighed a couple lbs and it cost a bit over $10 at the USPS.

Here are some shipping prices https://www.usps.com/ship/priority-mail.htm

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#13 posted 09-14-2017 10:00 PM

P M sent

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#14 posted 09-14-2017 10:02 PM

I was just trying to help, as I think it’s very nice of you have the gift made for her. I wish you the best of luck, sir.

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#15 posted 09-14-2017 10:30 PM

At the risk of being banned from this board, you re absolutely taking me for an idiot, you didn t read what I wrote, and you re exactly the type of person I had hoped to avoid.
- Ishkabibble

Well, you won’t get banned but I’d say the odds of finding someone here to do it just went down drastically. :-)

Please don’t take this the wrong way. We’re trying to be helpful by explaining what’s involved. The exact cutter you found on Etsy is $40 and says it’s made to order. That’s a deal! It’s only $40 because the person is already set up to make them and has all of the materials on hand. I suggest you buy it.

It’s not a one shot thing. There is time and setup involved. It’s probably a 2 day project if you include the time it takes to go and get the materials. Plus, materials aren’t sold “buy the project”. (i.e. you can’t buy just a thimble full of food safe finish)

It’s understandable that as you are not a woodworker you don’t understand what’s involved in doing this properly. Kind of like when my wife asks if we can move the laundry room from downstairs to upstairs. It’s not an “arts and crafts” project.

Hopefully that helps.

-- Andybb - GO HAWKS!

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