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Forum topic by bblogna posted 12-16-2012 08:57 PM 1590 views 0 times favorited 41 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-16-2012 08:57 PM

I took some endgrain cutting boards to a local mill and asked them what the charge would be to run them thru there drum sander. The office said it would be the minimium fee and that was 15$. Great I though I toook them to the mill and the worker asked me what kind of wood was in them? I told him maple,cherry ,and walnut .He said it wouldn’t of been a problem to do them but they can’t run anything with walnut in it thru their mill becuase they sell their sawdust to horse farms and it cant have ANY walnut in it it is bad for horses. So i take it to another lumberyard and the guy says yes he can do it for 9$ for every 10 minutes, i was reluctent but decided to have it done he estimated it would take 30 minutes I said ok do it. He called me when they were done and said the bill was 57$ with tax and it took 30 minutes. I told him he said 9$ for 10 minutes when it is actually 9$for 5 MINUTES he told me. We had a heated discussion in which I was told not to come back and i told him not to worry I won’t be back who could afford to at those prices. I went to the mill office to pay and discuss it some more with someone else they agreed to let me pay the price i was told (9 bucks for 10 minutes) but their fee really is 9$ per every 5 minutes! This seems outrageous to me especialy when the other place was going to do it for 15$ I’m in ohio i guess after my long winded story what I’m really courious about is, is 9 bucks for 5 minutes of work really a fair charge?


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#1 posted 12-16-2012 09:00 PM

No.

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#2 posted 12-16-2012 09:03 PM

Ouch

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#3 posted 12-16-2012 09:05 PM

Did they give ya a Band Aid to cover the wound?
“Once burned, twice carefull”.
Bill

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#4 posted 12-17-2012 01:41 AM

Wow! I need to start charging a lot more for my CBs. LOL

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#5 posted 12-17-2012 01:55 AM

That is outrageous. You are a better person than me. I would have been naming names of the business and doing my best to tell of not only their inflated prices but their trying to not stand by the original quote. Businesses live and die by customer service and word of mouth.

-- Paul, Brooklyn Park, MD.

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#6 posted 12-17-2012 01:58 AM

No

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#7 posted 12-17-2012 02:02 AM

it’s cheaper than buying your own drum sander.

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#8 posted 12-17-2012 02:31 AM

That is $108 per hour. If you figure cost of the sander, setup time, wages and overhead. That is not that bad. If you don’t want to pay buy your own drum sander.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#9 posted 12-17-2012 02:37 AM

I guess your best bet in the future is to go back to that first place, but find an alternative for the walnut.

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#10 posted 12-17-2012 03:31 AM

How many endgrain boards did they sand for you in half an hours time , and were they to your liking when through? How many grits did they sand through to get the finish you wanted ?
You couldn’t have done it yourself for less if you had to buy the equipment and supplies if you think about it.
Even a decent belt sander and belts would have cost more than that .

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#11 posted 12-17-2012 03:41 AM

SELF SUFFICENT IS THE WAY TO GO HIT THEM WITH A GOOD LOW ANGLE JACK PLANE OR ROUTER WITH A WHITESIDE 2 INCH DIA. PLANER BIT HARTVILLE TOOL 51 BUCKS FREE SHIPPING

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#12 posted 12-17-2012 03:43 AM

I USE THE PLANER BIT AND SET UP A JIG AND PLANE OFF THE END GRAIN IT TAKES JUST A FEW MINUTES WITH THE ROUTER AND PLANER BIT

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#13 posted 12-17-2012 04:25 AM

How many cutting boards were there?

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#14 posted 12-18-2012 01:46 AM

It was 5 boards 12×15 they were sanded twice to 150 grit. The work done was nice but I could of done it with my belt sander but was looking to save some time.
I will have to look into router and planer bit.
Cheaper than buying my own yes, worth 108 dollars an hour NO

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#15 posted 12-18-2012 03:35 AM

I don’t think your friend who is charging $18 per hour will make any money. Belts cost more than that and will probably be worn out with an hours worth of end grain sanding. Either way, I would not even consider running a big machine for that price.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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