Cutting board prices ??

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10-07-2008 04:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cutting boards price end grain

I have seen lots of great designs on cutting boards lately, and have to say that some of the end grain ones are reallly beautiful.
I made about half a dozen cutting boards trying to get rid of some scrap, nothing fancy, just contrasting species of woods.
I know some of you give them away as presents, but for those of you that sell them=
What kind of prices are you asking ???

I had a potential client in the shop last week, looking at a design for a dresser, she noticed the cutting boards sitting nearby and asked if they were for sale. After she picked out the one she liked I told her it would be free, kinda like an inducement for her to concider the larger project. She insisted on paying for it, so I said $20.00, she ended up buying three of them.

Just wondering if this was a fair price ??

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#1 posted 10-07-2008 05:10 PM

Figure the board foot of material you have in the board, multiply that that by the cost of the wood, figure your labor to make the board, multiple that times whatever hourly rate you want to get, add in a percentage to cover overhead (electricity, glue, finish, whatever), then add profit on top of that. Profit and labor are not the same thing. Labor is what you pay yourself to put food on the table. Profit is what you use to buy more wood, or a new tool. People get these confused.

Don’t worry about about what someone else sells their stuff for. If you want to make these and sell them for a profit, then sell them for a profit. Don’t guess at it. I see a lot of people pricing large end grain boards for a ridiculously low price. They buy the wood for $20 and sell them for $40 and consider this a profit. The reality is if they figured everything, including their time, they are either making $1.25 an hour, or worse just giving it away, with no profit Don’t sell yourself short or under value your worth regardless of the size of the product.

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#2 posted 10-08-2008 02:14 PM

Hi Dave;

What the closet guy said is all true, but I do make a habit of “inducing future sales” with gifts such as these.

Even the Demilune tables I make are often given away. It does accomplish two things. One, it creates very good relations with clients, showing that you appreciate their business. Two, it gives me the opportunity to practice doing something I enjoy, without having them clutter up the shop, or find a buyer for it.

To me, woodworking isn’t always about a profit. It started as a enjoyable hobby, and once in a while it’s nice to return to that status.


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#3 posted 10-08-2008 02:24 PM

If you’re happy, & the customer is happy, that’s what counts.

But don’t sell yourself short. You could be much happier with a higher price.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#4 posted 10-08-2008 05:45 PM

I met a woodworker at a craft show recently who does nothing else and does these very well. His prices started at around $20. +/- for his flat sawn boards and about $45. for end grain. But follow what the closet guy said. don’t undersell your self. If cutting boards are not your total output don’t try to compeat with those who are set up for mass production.

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#5 posted 10-08-2008 09:21 PM

Far too cheap soprry you deserve better,much better. See it perhaps my way,the problem is IKEA etc they can make this stuff for £20 but will it be in existence in 100 years ?NO even if never used it will be junk in five or ten cause it’s made from junk.Yours is made from natural hardwood that alone costs money then your time.I am sorry but I hate to see jocks undercut themselves.Look your making something that is not jigged up for production so each piece is made dofferently albeit similar no question of it being made in five minutes no wonder she snapped your arm off at that price you seem like anice person and I would like you to be properly rewarded I should have thought about $50 to $ 80 bucks for anything handmade and a bargain at the price hope you get better results next time if you decide to make them for $20 inc wood then I would buy three too.keep heart my friend! very kindest regards Alistair

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#6 posted 10-09-2008 01:56 AM

I agree with Lee. I made 10 WW style boards and gave them away to family and friends. As a result, I sold 10 more to their friends. This is why I started selling them on a regular basis. Take a look at www. I sell a couple of month through this site, but I do a higher volume at craft shows.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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