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Forum topic by dub560 posted 623 days ago 696 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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dub560

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623 days ago

Hey Bros,

I have an order for a cutting board, this guy needs a solid cherry board measuring 3 feet by 18 inches and he would like a juice groove (never done that before) with a recessed handle, plus 6 plastic feet. Any idea how much I can charge this guy, i checked on line and I’m figuring maybe 350-400 should be fair for something like this. what do you think?

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waho6o9

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#1 posted 623 days ago

How thick?

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dub560

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#2 posted 623 days ago

sorry 2 inches thick

he would like an end grain style cutting board

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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#3 posted 623 days ago

I guess it depends on how complicated the board is. If you have sold other boards it seems that the price of this one would be twice what a standard size board would be. My guess for an alternating strips of wood board might be
$175-$250 in my area.
I’m sure you know what you have sold other boards for so go with you own gut on this one.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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dub560

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#4 posted 623 days ago

cherry lumber in my area would cost me about a hundred dollars

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 623 days ago

Gotta get basic cost out of it. Try to do some research locally. Should be worth double the cost of ALL supplies.

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#6 posted 623 days ago

If this is just a solid Cherry my guess would be with 2” material ,if the Cherry cost $6 a Bf with 9 bf it would be around $54 dollars in my area. Looking at your other boards I’m guessing not everyone can make those great patterns made on your other boards but if this is a straight up cherry board with a juice groove that will take far less time than your other way cool boards. Thinking that there may be others in your area that might make it for cost of material plus $100,this may or may not be a concern for you. This does not mean you have to charge the same as them, Everyone has to evaluate what their time and talent is worth for themselves.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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dub560

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#7 posted 623 days ago

thanks jim

thanks fellas…it’s all this work for a few dollars that’s killing me

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Don

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#8 posted 623 days ago

I did a similar Maple board (12” x 36” x 1 1/2”) about 2 years ago and charged $150 for it…he jumped at the price. Later I found that I grossly undercharged.

Wise words from Jim. Figure out your cost based on your other boards, set your price WITHOUT grossly under or over charging and stick to your price. If they don’t go for it, send them on their way to find it elsewhere.

IMHO, your price point is bang on.

-- -- Don in Ottawa, http://www.donebydon.ca

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bubba1772

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#9 posted 623 days ago

My local lumberyard sells 8/4 Cherry for 4.57 BF, probably lower than most but your only looking at about $50-60 in lumber. One other consideration would be endgrain vs edgegrain.

-- I work with metal for money, and wood for fun...

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#10 posted 623 days ago

As a starting point we charge $.25 per cubic inch for custom sized cutting boards, plus I would add $15 for the juice groove/handle and $5 for the feet, for a total of $344 for a standard quote. Then we would adjust either up or down depending on the complexity of the design and how badly I wanted the order. But I wouldn’t touch it for less than $300 because small custom orders kill our productivity and profitability. You have much of the same overhead (quote, design, customer chit-chat, paperwork, shipping hassles, “issues”, etc) as you do with a larger order, so if you don’t factor all of that in you will count your earnings at the end of the month and realize that you worked hard, produced great stuff, and don’t have much to show for it.

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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dub560

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#11 posted 623 days ago

thanks paul and bubba..great insight from all of you. I’ll stick with 350 and see if he goes for it

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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Don

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#12 posted 623 days ago

If he doesn’t go for it, walk away! (unless you need it, that is)

-- -- Don in Ottawa, http://www.donebydon.ca

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